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So, we just sent one of ours over to the other side of the big pond and he took the crown! Brandon Paasch is the newly crowned 2019 BSB Moto3 Champion! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Brandon is also a member of one of the clubs we raced with last year, NJMINIGP (that’s a plug- I have no shame- LoL).

Talking with a friend, he wanted to know the difference in skill between Brits and us Yanks and I couldn’t say definitively if there was nor what accounts for it considering there are Brits in World Level racing but currently no Americans. We both have FIM level tracks, we both have crappy tracks and everything in-between. But they have something that we’re missing that allows them to get more and keep more racers at that level than we do, whereas we have a star every once in awhile.

What are they doing that we’re not doing over here? Speculation is okay for this discussion.

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Congratulations on his win!  It's always nice when someone comes over and beats us at our own game 😉  (cricket suddenly springs to mind!)

Interesting question - but have you seen our weather?!  What else are we going to do with our time?!

I'm going to look into this more but in the interim could it be to do with background support? The heartland of racing is located pretty much in the centre of England, with most of the tracks being about an hours' drive from each other, along with other related aspects; such as fitness facilities, sponsors, specialist manufacturers, engine tuners - all of which are pretty close to each other in our compact little country.  There are a good variety of tracks within easy reach in Europe too for the 'off-season', not to mention most of the major tyre manufacturers.  (Back in the day before control tyres,  I think it was Michelin that would get a request from a MotoGP team during practice for what they wanted from a tyre, manufacture that tyre, then ship it overnight ready for qualifying the following morning!)  Perhaps this lends itself to a better support network?   Another thought is the rest of the motorsporting world - F1, Touring Cars,  Karting, Truck racing and Motorcycle Road Racing, for example, and there is some overspill of support and overlapping companies from this?

I'm not sure what the situation is like in America, but that is some of my random speculation...

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It's my understanding that Garrett Gerloff is going to WSBK on Yamaha's dime, even though Cameron Beabier just won the MotoAmerica Superbike crown for the 4th time (CONGRATULATIONS) If that's so, then we're getting another American star!

What's the magic formula that makes someone a better candidate? I'm currently listening to a podcast and Cameron is endorsing Garrett for the job and talking about his stats and youth. Cameron is 26 himself, which I consider young (I'm not an old fart...yet- LoL).

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I saw something the other day that Brandon Paasch now is on an FIM Moto2 team and finished 12th in his first race! Go Brandon!

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On 10/21/2019 at 12:05 PM, Jaybird180 said:

It's my understanding that Garrett Gerloff is going to WSBK on Yamaha's dime, even though Cameron Beabier just won the MotoAmerica Superbike crown for the 4th time (CONGRATULATIONS) If that's so, then we're getting another American star!

What's the magic formula that makes someone a better candidate? I'm currently listening to a podcast and Cameron is endorsing Garrett for the job and talking about his stats and youth. Cameron is 26 himself, which I consider young (I'm not an old fart...yet- LoL).

Thanks for mentioning that Cam won the MotoAmerica championship.  I was just texting with a friend a couple of weeks ago and we honestly couldn't find on the internet who the 2019 winner was.  Not on google, not on Wiki, not on Motoamerica's own website.

That for me is a big difference between BSB and MotoAmerica, the popularity, the interest and the marketing.

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