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Old 11-20-2012, 02:22 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by troy safari carpente View Post

The FACTORY TEAMS and SPONSORS that they rode for...

Riders Nationality/geographic location = higher viewership

Higher viewership = higher sponsorship $$$ and factory teams attracted to top regional rallye riders

When you factor in these parameters into the matrix... well statistically it seems about time that a perhaps a latin American name might make it's presence known on the short list of nationalities that have won the Moto category of the DAKAR to date?
I was thinking a different "equation", but same conclusion.

The top echlon riders from France, Italy and spain (for the same investment) get/got the sponsors more media exposure and therefore better at increasing the sale of smokes/fuel/lolly water and bikes.

so they were able to get more Dakar races in to elevate their skill level, as well as the bikes and well funded teams to enable them to win.

I to wouldn't be surprised if the next nationality to be added to the winners list is a South American one.
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