Are there less factory teams now vs 1997

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11/14/2017 6:16 AM
Edited Date/Time: 11/14/2017 6:17 AM

There are so many great riders ending up without a ride, seemingly unable to find room to fit onto a team. Teams such as RCH closing their doors without new ones consistently coming to be makes me wonder if right now there are the same, about equal, or less spots on a factory/satellite team than 20 years ago?

Is it the same as many other things in modern history where the hype exceeds reality due to hyper focus on sensationilizing the "story"? We are able to see firsthand who is without a ride and read articles/see Instagram posts constantly reminding us of the what's what.

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11/14/2017 6:22 AM

No

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11/14/2017 6:26 AM

What are these "teams" you speak of?


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11/14/2017 6:50 AM

Some of the people on here really make me want to put a fist through my pc screen. https://instagram.com/p/BbcLA7AHCFa/

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11/14/2017 7:24 AM

I'd say there are a lot more factory-level bikes today than there were 20 years ago.

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11/14/2017 7:31 AM

m.hardesty16 wrote:

Some of the people on here really make me want to put a fist through my pc screen. https://instagram.com/p/BbcLA7AHCFa/

Are you actually that thin skinned? You'll stroke out before 30 if you aren't careful....laughing

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11/14/2017 7:36 AM

In the premier class there used to be more teams with more than 2 riders. But there were only 4 factory teams vs 6 today. Todays nonfactory teams (rmatv ktm, motoconcepts) are better than they were back then (except MCs Yamaha team). All in all its about the same id guess.

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11/14/2017 7:44 AM

m.hardesty16 wrote:

Some of the people on here really make me want to put a fist through my pc screen. https://instagram.com/p/BbcLA7AHCFa/

newmann wrote:

Are you actually that thin skinned? You'll stroke out before 30 if you aren't careful....laughing

He might not make it past 17

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11/14/2017 7:45 AM

How could there be fewer factory teams in 2017 when there are more factories with teams than there were in 1997?

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11/14/2017 7:49 AM
Edited Date/Time: 11/14/2017 7:51 AM

early wrote:

In the premier class there used to be more teams with more than 2 riders. But there were only 4 factory teams vs 6 today. Todays nonfactory teams (rmatv ktm, motoconcepts) are better than they were back then (except MCs Yamaha team). All in all its about the same id guess.

Yeah, but there were no Husky or KTM factory sx teams in 1997. KTM did show up to a couple races with Smail on the 4 stroke.

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11/14/2017 7:53 AM
Edited Date/Time: 11/14/2017 7:53 AM

Dirty Points wrote:

Yeah, but there were no Husky or KTM factory sx teams in 1997. KTM did show up to a couple races with Smail on the 4 stroke.

I was pointing out good rides not just factory teams because empirically the OPs question makes no sense.

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11/14/2017 7:59 AM

There are 8 factory level teams now with 2 or more bikes available, roughly 17-18 rides.

In 97 I can count about 12-15 bikes.

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11/14/2017 8:14 AM

m.hardesty16 wrote:

Some of the people on here really make me want to put a fist through my pc screen. https://instagram.com/p/BbcLA7AHCFa/

Funny you post that, mechanic lower left in pic above was good at throwing stuff himself. Especially after his rider threw a championship!shocked

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11/14/2017 8:16 AM
Edited Date/Time: 11/14/2017 9:05 AM

No answers, just observations. Back in the day the 250(125) class was treated like a regional class with the tv package, but it’s different today (and for 2018).

250’s are getting more and more exposure as live TV and format changes for 2018 have (percentage wise) more gate drops for the 250 class than anytime in history vs. the 450 class.
- Triple crown races - 3 gates drops each class (450/250)
- Standard format - 4 gates drops for 450, 4 for 250

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