Suzuka...does anyone care anymore?

Discussion in 'Motorcycle Racing' started by S Frank, Jul 30, 2006.

  1. S Frank

    S Frank Guest

    All of the big races of the past (Dayton, Suzuka, Isle of Mann, etc)
    seem to have really lost their luster in the past few years or decades.
    Just a few years ago Suzuka would have lots of GP stars and a few
    WSB and even AMA stars. Now the one riders I have ever heard of
    are Colin, Haga, and Okada. Daytona is still a fairly big deal in the
    USA, but unlike 10 or more years ago, nobody outside the USA cares
    at all. What has happened to the former important races?

    S Frank, Jul 30, 2006
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  2. S Frank

    Andrew Guest

    They got less important.

    00 Daytona
    00 Speed Triple
    71 Kawi H1
    05 Infant
    Andrew, Jul 30, 2006
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  3. S Frank

    terry195 Guest

    I think that as technology grows and people become more involved with
    'virtual' entertainment such as computers and games consoles, they are
    slowly losing interest in 'real' entertainment such as motorbikes. Not
    just motorbike racing, but motorbikes themselves. With less of an
    interest base, there becomes less room for the less glamorous types of

    It's a shame though...
    terry195, Aug 6, 2006
  4. I disagree. I think it's due to specialization. If you are in a series, be
    it national or international, you likely have sponsors who have an interest
    in you doing well in that series. Adding the risk of participating in a
    one-off event such as Macau, Isle of Mann, Suzuka, etc. increases your
    exposure to risk by injury that could damage your success in the primary
    series in which you take part. Many of these events have scheduling
    conflicts with the series calendars as well. Also, with riders making better
    wages than in the past there is less need for them to enter these events for
    the financial rewards.
    Carl Sundquist, Aug 7, 2006
  5. S Frank

    terry195 Guest

    Interesting point. It's a shame that money can work against these great
    sporting contests, eventually rendering them less meaningful.
    terry195, Aug 8, 2006
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