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You too can buy a ride....

This just goes to show you how much money there is out there available in AMA racing. Understand that American Suzuki has supported Yoshimura for years.....and Yosh produces 5 to 1 the exhaust as the second place exhaust manufacturer. So theoretically they should have money to fund their own program.

When they go down to one paid rider to accept a "paid ride"....that is freakin scary and shows you had bad the motorcycle industry is right now. I guarantee that was a seven figure check written.

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I blame CP for not selling yosh mufflers at cost
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7 figures? He paid a million dollars to ride in the AMA??

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7 figures? He paid a million dollars to ride in the AMA??
for a turn key, fully supported top notch bike? probably.

He couldn't field his own team for anywhere near that and (a) ride the whole season (b) be remotely competitive.

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I think he means it used to be 7 figures worth of support from American Zook to the Yosh team & that Clark is paying to play for '12.
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Yes I'm saying he spent at least a million bucks in cold hard cash for that ride.

Superbike is a lot more expensive than Sportbike....more engine stuff, data acquisition, plus a data guy, a bunch of wheels, brakes, etc....it all adds up several 100's real quick.

Yosh is going to do it for what I would do it....I guarantee that. Plus look at how many mechanics you have to pay for as well....big money folks.

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Yosh is still getting support from American Suzuki as well....just not even close to what it was a few years ago.

When you had Spies/Mladin on the payroll....that budget was 8 figures folks for Yosh for the year!

Gone are the days of Superbike riders making a minimum of 850K in salary...not including bonuses and gear sponsorship.

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Gee, and why does nobody watch AMA again?

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Did he buy a team or a ride? Suddenly, Moto2, on the world stage seems like a bargain at 350k Euro.

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He just bought a ride for the year....they had their own team for the last few years on Yamaha's....Pat Clark Motorsports

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His dad has a big beer distributorship for Las Vegas....I think it's Anheuser Busch...which is now InBev.

Either way serious coin....They do everything top notch...the would bring (2) Prevost motorhomes to the races so they would have a place to chill.

I will say though....Chris is a super nice kid and really grounded for coming from a family that has a ton of dough.

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Carruthers Says:

http://cyclenews.coverleaf.com/cyclenews/20111115#pg91

I doubt this kid is the next Mike Hailwood, but Mike used to show up at club races in a Rolls Royce. Not that this kid should, but it is interesting to know that Mike paid his dad (Stan) back every penny once he turned pro.

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I love that story about Hailwood.

(EDIT: I'm reading that article right now!)

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Yep....and people wonder why shops are evaporating. Yosh is the behometh in the industry and even they can't come up with a bunch of cashola even with backing from American Suzuki and Rockstar.

To put this in perspective.....just a few years ago you had both Mladin and Spies on the team making roughly 5 million a piece with salary and performance bonuses (don't quote me on that).

Add that up and that's about 11 million less Yosh is spending to run a team. Back then they have 3 semi transporters rolling down the road...now a big fat One.

It's going to be like this for at least another 2-3 years and more shops are going to fail....people can only hang in there so long to make zero money or lose money.

I love it when Simon Buckmaster releases a statement in World Supersport.....a rider for 2012 will have to bring 550K in sponsorship for a ride on the Parkalgar Honda team. It used to be comical on how teams/riders would flat our lie to your face that they were taking/bringing money for a ride. Now....it's just the reality and people are trying to be all secretive about it because now they put it out there for everyone...not just riders within the industry hoping that somebody will pick up the phone and go..."Hey, I've got some cash"

Actually, WSS or WSB does have good returns on their sponsorship deals because they have an enormous tv viewing audience and the promoters will guarantee you coverage because they know it's important to keep the sponsors happy to keep them coming back. Unfortunately....AMA has a really weak TV package that is a waste of time to sell in the U.S.

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Some people would say on the TV package....just go buy airtime on ESPN or CBS...

That's a lot of cash and the american population just isn't that into motorcycles like Europeans are because they use them as their sole source of transportation a lot of times.

Does anybody know the numbers that CBS garnered when they showed the US GP on tv at Laguna a few years ago?

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