From: Alan .....--... Re:
on 18/12/2010 at 10:36 PM
I can't get over the jealousy or is it just the Aussie Knocker that comes out of some people when it comes to someone having a go overseas.
Anyone actually racing knows that 99.9% of riders pay their own way to compete and also rely when they can on some sponsorship, parents, friends etc to have a go and put on a show on the track.
In the past few years there have been many racers head overseas to "have a go" outside Australia, most never get a mention and certainly don't get a bagging for "paying for a ride"
These include every young kid who had a go at the Red Bull Cup (Sure some won a go at the Trials) but Mom and Dad footed the bill for them to be there for the Season. Several did the Spanish 125GP Series also, self funded by their Families.
Did Casey Stoner get an offer to ride overseas and leave Australia for a free ride? Don't think so.
Sure there is some talented riders here that may be able to make it on the world stage but they can only do it if they can afford to showcase themselves overseas and pay to be there.
I am sure the knockers have never had their bum on a race bike or been involved in supporting a racer as anyone who has would never be so critical of someone having a go at living their dream or just enjoying their chosen sport.
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