Join Date: Oct 2002
Sportbike: XB12R, H1, TTR125
Years Riding: I still have some money left...
How you found us: old member
There are lots of routes.
GP classes and WSB are dominated by European teams because most of those world series' events are in Europe.
If you live in Europe, you have a distinct advantage in that you'll know some tracks. Or you could travel to them from your home country. Europe really isn't that big. Additionally, a good rider might be exposed to a team principle or someone else that may allow for some exchange for, initially, set up information, test rides, etc.
There are seldom private riders in any GP classes. Used to be a few when the open class was 500cc two strokes...brutal machines. WSB will have a few "wild card" riders. You can't ride an FIM event without an FIM license issued to you through your FIM affiliate. In the US, that's the AMA.
For US riders...seems like riders that go from the AMA to the world championship stuff...they move right into MotoGP, or the previous 500cc championship. Only a few have done 250's in Europe or something before riding 500's.
The other side is that really fast riders can make some decent money in the US compared to trying to break in too early into the European market.
I think there are a few US riders in Germany with some connections trying to move up in the local German and European Supersport championships to get a ride in WSB or WSS.
If you wanted, you could buy a ride. There are plenty of people that are buying rides in the AMA. Only a small number are salaried riders.
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