*All as in: Fans, Media, Competitors (teams & riders) & Industry personnel.
This weekend will mark the last event in Daytona Motorsports Groups (DMG) reign over AMA Pro Road Racing as riders compete at the last race on this years schedule at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Hopefully this will bring a to close the darkness that has been cast upon the series under DMG’s rule of recent years. After that, as announced last week, a new regime will take control under the name of MotoAmerica which is headed-up by a group led by former three-time GP World Champion Wayne Rainey and will be sanctioned by the AMA and FIM North America.
MotoAmerica has a tall order ahead of them to reignite pro roadracing here in America after the train wreck that started derailing back in 2008 with the DMG takeover of AMA Pro Road Racing coupled with the economic meltdown which ensued not only in America but worldwide. They will need *All of our help to achieve success in this daunting task.
What MotoAmerica needs from *All of us is for everybody involved to get on the same page and work together in returning our National roadracing series to the status it held prior to 2009 as one of leading national roadracing series that team owners and managers from the world stage looked to for new talent.
Now we *All have a clean slate to work with and the need for unity between *All of us is essential to the success of MotoAmerica. Following are just a few thing we *All can do:
Fans: Support the new series by attending events whenever possible (and introducing possible new fans by bringing family or friends to events), by tuning into televised events (if on TV as is anticipated) for rating purposes. We can also help by having an open-minded, positive outlook during the maiden season as the rebuilding of the series begins. There is no guarantee that the first year or two will be all smooth sailing so we must resist the urge to start bashing the new series on Internet moto-forums and social media as the inevitable growing pains occur.
Media: Similar to above as far as having an open-minded, positive outlook when reporting news and presenting opinions on the new series and by not highlighting every little hic-up that happens along the way.
Competitors: Get involved in the new series (if at all possible) and sell the advantages of getting in on the ground floor and growing with it to existing and possible new sponsors (of course a TV package is crucial here) and by working together with the new regime in growing the series.
Industry: Although many (OEM, Aftermarket, Track / Promoters, etc…) have been left with a bad taste in their mouths after the DMG debacle, try to look for new opportunities to move forward with the new series and leave the negative feelings that DMG left with so many in the past. This is another crucial need for MotoAmerica to get off the ground and headed in a positive direction as quickly as possible.
It’s going to take all of the above and more for MotoAmerica to succeed in getting the sport of motorcycle roadracing in America back to a level not seen now for nearly decade and affording our top up and coming riders a realistic opportunity to eventually move onto the World stage. We can *All help in this by doing our part, no matter how small or insignificant it might seem.
Here’s looking to a bright and prosperous future for MotoAmerica and *All involved.