Opinion: MotoAmerica

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Everyone has probably read the press releases about MotoAmerica and KRAVE LLC taking over the reins of American motorcycle road racing from DMG. If you haven’t you can click here.

Let’s start with what I wouldn’t change. FansChoice.tv is wonderful. Offering changeable cameras, decent commentary, and the ability to watch the races anywhere you have internet. It also opened up the American series to the world via this feed. The Daytona 200 was once again a spectacle for everyone. I realize it can’t stay free forever but use a windowed feed that shows adds on the side and maybe allows for live chat/Twitter feed. That way you never miss the action and you can still monetize the feed. That’s it, I would over haul everything else.

What does that mean? All new classes based on other series so bikes can be used multiple places. I prefer the BSB rules to WSBK but either would work. This allows wild card rides on the bikes being run in the US. No spec tire. Allow manufacturers to compete and drive the tire cost down. If they show up at an event they need to be able to supply every team with a full allotment of tires. This obviously covers Superbike but what about the feeder series?

Many have said a Moto 2 style series. I don’t think this is necessary. A 600cc WSS style series would work just as well, have a lower price point, and allow for every manufacturer to play. The back it in style of riding would translate well and get riders ready for the jump to Europe. That also means it’s a minor tweak to the current Daytona Sportbike class and allows for that same wildcard scenario as above.

The most important series to a future GP rider will be a small displacement class where race craft can be honed. This is open to a lot of different ideas. Preferably a spec class using the same bike that switches with each week. You show up pay your fee and ride a prepared motorcycle. You don’t get the same bike from week to week evening the playing field further. You could have different riders show up at every event and it’s a stepping stone class.

I have to give props to Mark Gardiner for the next thought. A unified dirt and road racing championship.  A number one plate awarded for participating in Flat Track and Road Racing for an overall points champion.

What do you think should happen? Let us know in the comments!

  • Russ Siler

    I would not have the same level of interest in spec racing as I would in racing where there is both rider and brand competition. I understand your concern in holding the cost down, but I believe there are other ways to achieve that without taking half of the competition element out of the equation. I believe the dirt track series is showing that to be the case. Thanks.

  • Thanks for the feedback. The top tiers should definitely not be spec racing but feeder series would be good to have that low cost option.