Obama Speech on MotoGP
Thursday, January 8, 2009
On Thursday Jan8, 2009 President-elect Barack Obama concluded a heartfelt speech regarding the state of the economy and how he plans to make sure a resilient America rise above all the gloom and doom of our ailing economic state of being. I wonder though: Is it fair that this is our only concern? Isn't there more than just money matters to contend with these days? Just read what he says here and tell me that there are not some racing-related undertones to these historic words from our new leader:
"We are still the nation that has overcome great fears and improbable odds. If we act with the urgency and seriousness that this moment requires, I know that we can do it again." - Barack Obama. This is the exact type of pep talk we need over at Dorna. The series survived without Kawasaki and Ducati for decades so why can't they do it now? Sure, there's not enough bikes to fill the grid per FIM contract, but who cares. I mean if that really is the problem then why doesn't Dorna and the FIM come together and create a super-series like
Imagine Rossi vs The World. Do you think he has ever been willing to give an inch?
nothing anyone has ever seen before.
Although we are not sure if Obama is talking about the state of the American economy or the state of MotoGP, at this point we do know this: The MotoGP paddock is in serious trouble too. Unfortunately, anything short of an economic infusion for Alice Ducati, Monster Kawasaki - and if the latest rumors that Rizla Suzuki is considering pulling out are true - even some bailout cash might not be enough to save the series at this point.
As a profound optimist - there could be some light at the end of the tunnel. Like my childhood friend N'uff used to say...What if: We combine the MotoGP riders with World Superbike, creating an international motorcycle-racing super-series? Imagine how bad-ass that would be! Grand Prix's biggest star Valentino Rossi would get his wish and could compete in what he himself described as the more action packed racing afforded by competing on superbikes. It would more exciting than any Marvel Team-Up this side of when Spider-Man and the X-Men battled Juggernaut. Don't you think? Imagine for a moment: Former American superbike champions Nicky Hayden and Ben Spies, World Superbike Champions Colin Edwards, James Toseland and Troy Corser battling against the evil multi-time 250GP champion Max Biaggi and the last two MotoGP champions Casey Stoner and Valentino
Bayliss knows a thing or two about how to be super hero. What about you?
Rossi all lined up on one grid for a battle of epic proportions. It would certainly make for some epic racing. How can our future president deny that this could be the type of catalyst that turns the tide in the staggered motorcycle industry?
Hell, this might even entice Troy Bayliss to come play in a couple rounds too just to satisfy the Rossi vs. Bayliss argument once and for all. Come on Obama, use some hardball diplomacy or threat of nuclear destruction to make this happen. Imagine how glorious the first 100 days of office would be if you implemented a college football playoff system and created the greatest road-racing series of all time! Please, sir, we don't want to see a mere 15-17 MotoGP bikes compared to a world superbike grid bursting at the seams with talent.
I know the odds of something like this happening are slim to none but hey, can you blame a racing fan for his wishful thinking?
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