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12/15/2017 10:48 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/15/2017 11:03 AM

I was looking at the results from the www.victory-sports.com "indoors" e and it amazes me that MORE don't take advantage of the series to get ready for east/wests coast 250 supercross OR arenacross series. The races pay out $800 per class & race fri/sat november 23-feb 24 so its a quick series. IF a racer won EVERY main event in both classes would equal $22,400 in purse $$ alone plus contingency, etc....

I've always believed that "Racers" should RACE and there are 52 weekends in a year to race YET so many racers who say there "job" is a professional racer yet they don't race near the potential they could in a given year. If you relate racing to work, I know my boss wouldn't keep me employed if I only work 1/2 the time. IF I was racing as a job, you bet your @$$ I'd be at Victory sports indoors, overseas events, canadian, or whereever I could race to earn $$ and more gate drops

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Kyle Pulley
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12/15/2017 10:54 AM

It's not just as easy as showing up and racing. There are a lot of logistics involved for a factory rider/team to enroll in an event, whether it's the off season or not. Sponsors, traveling, budgets, etc...

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12/15/2017 10:59 AM

Except that the 2 days a week that you don’t work are worth 3,5 months of vacation, not counting actual paid leave. Those guys are working 7 days a week during racing season, take a week or 2 off in the fall and then get in testing and boot camps until the beginning of SX.

Just because they’re not racing doesn’t mean they’re not working.

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12/15/2017 11:02 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/15/2017 11:05 AM

MX Guy wrote:

It's not just as easy as showing up and racing. There are a lot of logistics involved for a factory rider/team to enroll in an event, whether it's the off season or not. Sponsors, traveling, budgets, etc...

I'm not stating a factory racer, their salary typically exceed the privateers/non factory racers that'll all be showing up the east/west 250 & 450 supercross races that will not make the main events... I feel like those racers miss out on alot of potential $$$, gate drops, and real race time.

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Kyle Pulley
selling powersports @TeamCharlotteMotorsports
3004 Freedom Dr. Charlotte NC 28208
Yamaha, Kawasaki, Honda, Suzuki, & Preowned Harley Davidson

12/15/2017 11:04 AM

Also I think you run the risk of getting hurt. I know those Victory Sports track aren't that technical but rough riding is the name of the game in AX.

Mike Brown once said that he used to race the Ultra/Mega series against guys like Jim Chester and Jim Neese. They raced for $400/moto and those guys would kill you for it. Lol

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12/15/2017 11:04 AM

Is tomac going to benefit from racing those people? Not a chance.

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12/15/2017 11:04 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/15/2017 11:32 AM

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look at the entry list from 2017 Atlanta SX JUST for the 250 class = 50 entries: IF you look at what these racers earned for 2017 year in $$$, I think we all can agree more racers should race more, have a 2nd job, OR they are racing on parents dime
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Kyle Pulley
selling powersports @TeamCharlotteMotorsports
3004 Freedom Dr. Charlotte NC 28208
Yamaha, Kawasaki, Honda, Suzuki, & Preowned Harley Davidson

12/15/2017 11:06 AM

Not to mention getting paid to do riding schools at these events. I know at fwm arena cross. 722 and maffenbeier made good cash for teaching a few hours the day of the race

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12/15/2017 11:14 AM

Acidreamer wrote:

Is tomac going to benefit from racing those people? Not a chance.

David Bailey raced locally in the off season. Of course, he never bailed on an opportunity to represent his country either. Like the OP said, racers race.

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12/15/2017 12:41 PM

Not much glitz and glam at amateur/semi-pro races compared to Supercross. I agree that "racers race" but some people are extraordinarily talented at riding a dirt bike and have the ability to race... but don't have the racer's heart that we expect.

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12/15/2017 2:29 PM

Geez! Horton's gotta be in his 40s by now? right on!

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12/15/2017 2:47 PM

Yeah, but good luck getting anything, but last place. Those guys are fast, real fast. You probably wouldn't win it all either. So start adding the costs.

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12/16/2017 7:05 AM

below is 250 sx payout

250 MAIN PURSE

1. $3350
2. $2325
3. $1825
4. $1625
5. $1550
6. $995
7. $977
8. $928
9. $875
10. $865
11. $855
12. $845
13. $835
14. $825
15. $815
16. $805
17. $795
18. $785
19. $775
20. $765
21. $755
22. $745
TOTAL: $24,915 (2015 TOTAL: $23,700)

250 LAST CHANCE PURSE
1. Transfer to Main
2. Transfer to Main
3. Transfer to Main
4. Transfer to Main
5. $576
6. $576
7. $576
8. $576
9. $576
10. $576
11. $576
12. $576
13. $576
14. $576
15. $576
16. $576
17. $576
18. $576
19. $576
20. $576
21. $576
22. $576

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Kyle Pulley
selling powersports @TeamCharlotteMotorsports
3004 Freedom Dr. Charlotte NC 28208
Yamaha, Kawasaki, Honda, Suzuki, & Preowned Harley Davidson

12/16/2017 7:17 AM

nc_mx_kid wrote:

I was looking at the results from the www.victory-sports.com "indoors" e and it amazes me that MORE don't take advantage of the series to get ready for east/wests coast 250 supercross OR arenacross series. The races pay out $800 per class & race fri/sat november 23-feb 24 so its a quick series. IF a racer won EVERY main event in both classes would equal $22,400 in purse $$ alone plus contingency, etc....

I've always believed that "Racers" should RACE and there are 52 weekends in a year to race YET so many racers who say there "job" is a professional racer yet they don't race near the potential they could in a given year. If you relate racing to work, I know my boss wouldn't keep me employed if I only work 1/2 the time. IF I was racing as a job, you bet your @$$ I'd be at Victory sports indoors, overseas events, canadian, or whereever I could race to earn $$ and more gate drops

Pretty much any rider who's capable of main events in Supercross are training their butts off right now, testing, and doing boot camps...

That series is based in Tennessee and North Carolina...it only makes sense for say a rider based at Club MX or somewhere in that area to try the series and they'd only do the first three of seven rounds as the Supercross and Arenacross series starts and conflict with all remaining rounds. The payout isn't worth it for anyone on the West coast, travel and accommodations would cost more than you'd make.

Also using it to get ready? It's not a Supercross track, it's not going to help them very much in the sense of training...

Until you've been in a top rider's shoes, it's hard to demand and say how you'd do it so much differently. If you're on the outside looking in of main events, sure, racing as much as possible for money is good. Once you're in the show, your results there ARE your job and what your focus needs to be around. So how and where you train, testing, bootcamp, etc...not running around the East Coast riding a small indoor series.

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12/16/2017 10:55 AM

If Sewell needs a new clutch or anything else after winning he's actually lost money and he won.These guys are fast and on they're way up but they are certainly not at the point where they have no expenses. I'd be willing to bet all of them end up in the red for this series"local" or not.

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