( 2) Rider welfare. Why are the Grand Prix riders providing all the entertainment and taking all the risks so that Luongo can take all of the money? Entry fees should be lowered to an acceptable level. In the United States, the entry fee is $200 to race a Supercross or National. Why is Luongo charging $1400? If the entry fee was lowered, more riders would participate. ( 3) Purse money. Luongo needs to pay the riders for the effort they put out. In the USA, neither MX Sports nor the AMA actually pay the purse money anyway. It comes from the individual event promoters. So, why does Luongo refuse to pay purse money if it isn’t his money to begin with? Most likely because if he saves the event promoter money on the purse, he can charge him more for the sanctioning fee. An AMA Supercross has a $99,000 purse per race, and the AMA Nationals pay $66,000 per race. Luongo should decide where he thinks the World Championships stand in the hierarchy of motocross and pay accordingly. ( 4) Open enrollment. Luongo loves to talk about how the World Championships are for the “Elite” riders, but are they really? Other than a handful of factory stars, the rest of the GP riders are solid, hardworking Joes racing for a living. With the high entry fees and dearth of purse money, why would an aspiring local star sign up for a GP anyway? He would have to pay $1400 to enter the race with no chance of recovering his money. MXA’s Dennis Stapleton won the Arab qualifier for the 450 GP
The AMA and the FIM should understand
that they only have a few opportunities to
enhance the sport by their selection of
venues. This little slice of paradise they
chose in Qatar doesn’t advance the sport
The culture clash.