I accept Rossi's pulling power, it's not under question
But some are using it in the context as though he actually goes out and actively promotes the sport and brings in a new audience - again, the insinuation is that other riders don't/can't do this when the fact is, none of them do. All they want to do is race and win. Rossi was different in that he also seeks public and media attention much more than the rest, some of whom would rather shun it. I don't dispute he may have pulled in aadditional fans because of the way he is, and gained allegiance from some already watching Motogp, but as I said, the benefit to Motogp is a by product. You're saying the same thing here
Their promotion is obviously not direct -it's their personalities
My only issue is that the above is irrelevant in terms of how they should be rated as racers. That is what happens on the track, not how they undertake promotional duties or perform in press conferences.
If Motogp needs a 'charachter' to survive then it is a sport that doesn't deserve mainstream coverage as that is turning it inot a show about that character, not a motorcycle race for the fastest riders in the world. What happens when the star moves on - manufacture another one. It's not for me.
Are you really saying Bulto that as a die-hard fan - at the drop of the flag - you don't really care who wins ? I think you do.
Not sure about die-hard fan... I'd rather be out competing myself, so a die-hard competitor each weekend yes, until I can no longer get on a bike, die-hard fan - well, I could live without it.
I liked to see Stoner win because of the way he rides, no denial there, I liked to see Gibernau win because of his Bulto connection, although he was a bit fragile of temperament for me, a bit highly strung, McCoy because of his slide it riding style, but it wasn't the be all and end all if they didn't. Just a shrug of the shoulders and on with my own life. This year, I have no interest in who wins it. Cal is the best British hope but there is something in his attitude I can't take to - yet. He comes across as flippant and a touch of arrogance in interviews and probably says too much, but that could just be akwardness in front of the camera. It would be good to see him have some success but realistically, a win in unusual circumstances is probably his best bet. Of the rest, I can honestly say no, I don't care, I could even put up with Rossi winning it if it was achieved fairly...