Originally Posted by TheCatWhisperer
That's part of the reason. But I don't think it's the whole story as to why there are so many Spaniards progressing so quickly to the front of the top ranks.
Teams need sponsorship. Sponsors want exposure. Exposure comes from publicity and leads to return on investment.
Motorcycle racing is a mainstream sport in Spain with huge public awareness and following. So it's a worthwhile investment for sponsors. And to turn that investment into profit, you have to play to the audience, and that means hiring the riders that garner the greatest public following in the countries with the largest following. And that means Spanish riders.
So it's a catch-22 situation. Teams are less likely to hire riders from nations that can't provide the sponsors the domestic exposure they want to justify their investments. But without appealing to the masses, the exposure and following can't grow, and the kids can't be encouraged to take up the sport at the very young age the Spaniards do.
It's notable (there are always exceptions though) that the really fast American and British riders coming into GP do so after a Superbike career, and by that time, age is already working against them. And they're simply not marketable enough when compared to a Marquez. And it's all about the return on investment to the sponsors.
It will be interesting to see how easy it is for the likes of Crutchlow, Reading and Smith to get rides after the BBC loses its coverage rights next year and sponsorship exposure to the UK market dwindles as viewing access is restricted through niche subscription channels.
It's hard to see how enough momentum can be built in any domestic market to warrant the investment required to nurture very young riders to compete with the likes of Spain.
I'm completely agree, at this point, if you are a foreign pilot (not Spanish), one of your best options is to participate in the CEV ( Spanish championship ) and if you win, you have your passport assured to MotoGP or SBK
Look...STONER, Pedrosa, Elias..in CEV
Actually, currently on the MotoGP grid there is 12 riders that has bee in CEV; Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa, Marc Márquez, Andrea Dovizioso, Stefan Bradl, Héctor Barberá, Álvaro Bautista, Aleix Espargaró, Yonny Hernández, Andrea Iannone, Bradley Smith y Michele Pirro.
In addition, the Moto2 ... 50% of the Moto2 and Moto3 grills that passed through the CEV.
In 2013 CEV this championship is the amount of drivers' nationalities who meet in each test, a total of 24 countries represented during the weekend in Motorland:
Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, France, Germany, England, India, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Qatar, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, United States, Venezuela and Spain...
Among them is the presence of Spanish pilots a total of 50 entries with France with 9 riders, England with 7 pilots, Argentina with 6 pilots and Australia with five pilots.
IF YOU WANT TO BE PRO RIDER...COME TO SPAIN.
WE ARE WAITING FOR YOU !!! jaja
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