I know right. “Umm, earth to Richard. You are part of the problem.” Yes I am, and I do my best to be part of the solution. But as the man says, I Yam what I Yam. But there were some comments from bloggers and forum members a while back that stories from the races were not coming up fast enough onto the TTXGP website this year. And I was in agreeance for a minute. But as I would watch MotoGP, AMA, and World SBK racing, and though back to the days when I started watching it, and I noticed the on-demand world we now live in. Also, as I make plans for Daytona I am starting to get a better picture of the logistics involved. It’s not like it’s a good idea for me to shove my phone in Steve Atlas’ face as soon as he jumps off his bike.
When I started watching motorcycle racing, on the then Speedvision (yes I am that old), it was the only outlet I knew of to watch or even hear of racing. There was race coverage in the motorcycle magazines, but it was a black and white paragraph hidden in the back of the magazine, compared to the colored pages review about the latest sport bike. And the race talked about had been over for probably a month, if not more. Now there were sites like Superbike planet that I could have gone to for news, but I simply was not aware of them. It was Speedvision, and that was it. Now this was 1996 and Superbike racing was 8 years old, had serious factory involvement, and a serious fan following in Europe. So there was enough of a market that there was television coverage coming out of Europe who’s TV rights needed only to be bought. And the what is now MotoGP, had been around for decades, had massive factory involvement, most definitely was being televised, and was also on Speedvision. Since then the internet has grown, as with the number of sites that cover the sport, and the amount of coverage available from the Sport’s own websites. You can pay for tons of video coverage all season long in MotoGP. Although that is not yet available for the Super Bike World Championship. Instant access to results and stories is an expectation. Heck, fans all but form an angry mob if the racing isn’t live.
But my point is these are long established series with promoters and big factories drawing sponsor dollars. How much should we expect from brand new series that are both promoting and sanctioning their series? It’s double duty. Don’t be fooled. The FIM only sanctions (enforces the rules and organizes certain aspects of the race) where the promoters (Dorna and InFront) promote the races. I have always wondered who really foots the bill to get the teams, who can’t afford it, to the races. Yes, these series are so big and established that they find money for teams who can’t stay in the series otherwise. Well, when they have it. Anyway there is money, and at one point it was flowing pretty well. Now-a-days not so much. But, in comparison the electric sreies are budget series. They do not have the man power or cash to do things anywhere near like things are done in MotoGP or WSBK. Or the AMA for that matter.
In the US we have folks like David Herron who can get to the races and get us the results right away. Many of the online magazines were covering the electric races as well. But that seems to be waning. But, I think it is OK if we have to wait a day or two for news from Europe. Until there is enough money and attention to the sport that press people can afford to go to and cover these races, I am not sure how mad we can get. Keep following, and keep bitching.