Originally Posted by JMo (& piglet)
and I guess us privateers have to realise that the Dakar (and FIM world championship) while still open to non-professional riders and teams, is very much geared towards being the F1 or at least WRC of cross-country motor sport...
As far as they are concerned, we should be grateful we are even allowed to still play with the big boys! - so if we want to, then we have to foot the associated costs of joining the party, and comply with the regulations which increasingly favor the manufacturers and factory teams...
This is what I am afraid of... They will be left with 5-7 teams in the near future and then they will be surprised by the fact that they do not attract racers
I hope they change direction some time soon.
Watching and following the so called ''aliens'' is nice, but the real race, which is run way before Christmas and involves everyday people is fought at the rear of the pack by the privateers