The loss of tobacco sponsorship didn't happen during a 50% drop in bike sales, tight credit, a currency crisis and very high unemployment in key MotoGP markets.
How bad would it be without the money from the energy drink companies ??
MotoGP is the victim of letting the factories set the price of racing. Honda is the only manufacturer with pockets deep enough to beat the competition into submission with technology and riders. Sponsors? We don't need no stinkin' sponsors.
Query. How many of those Spanish bank sponsored teams were successful (i.e. title winning) at the premier level?
Yeah. Thought so.
Y'all want to dance around the primary problem with MotoGP right now. It costs too much to be competitive. In fact it costs so much that only the factories (Honda & maybe Yamaha) have the funds to compete. On top of that, the factories withhold technology/knowledge from their satellite teams. Leaving them to figure things out for themselves. Yeah, that's what I want to see. Stoner and Lorenzo fighting it out every race with an occasional Pedrosa or Dovi poking their nose into it.
Let me ask you another question. Do you enjoy Moto2 more than MotoGP?
Yeah, thought so.