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Hey, I've got three sponsers as well..........


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Already got the new ride, next step is to replace the internals in the front forks and she'll be track ready. Step by step upgrades is what I'm looking at over the course of the whole year.

With tires alone costing me 340 a weekend I can see me eating PB&J and nothing else for the rest of the year!!!!
 

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I currently have 8 sponsors some give me free product others give me killer discounts some a combination of the 2. Our track isnt to bad on tires so I usualy go through a set every 3 track days. I dont have to pay entry fees since I am the race director so that helps pay for race gas. I realy try not to keep track of how much I spend gets me depressed. A budget is very hard to live by since one year you may have no crashes and another year you may have a fiew. The only easy way to have a budget is if when the money runs out you stop racing. I personaly cant do that
 

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sargeek1975 said:
Hey, I've got three sponsers as well..........


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Myself

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I'm also sponsorless this race season, still looking but I seriously doubt I'll find anything. This is going to be my first race season and I'm not all that fast so we'll have to see how it goes. I'm looking at probably R5000 and R8000 (about $750 - $1200) a race weekend which isn't including non-race practice or crashes or breakdowns. First race is on the 11th of Feb and I have to knock at least 3 secs off my lap time before then!
 

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I lost allot of sponsors when I moved to Japan. The level of racing over here is a few steps up from the club level stuff in the US. I spent nearly 2.5yrs training and the last half of this year competing seriously. I think its paid off a bit.

My sponsors are the same as your average racer dudes, a few discounts from shops (mostly because I'm friends with the owners than any riding skill on my part) and thats about it. They don't really offer contingency money at the level I was at last year (if you receive any money for sports, you're considered a professional in Japan). So this year it gets a bit more serious as there will be a few races with contingency money up for grabs.

I'm racing an ex-Harc-Pro bike, so they help me out quite a bit with maintenance and parts. I am not very good at marketing myself and haven't accumulated enough serious wins to attract any major sponsors.

Luckily I have a decent income and a sugar momma that helps keep me racing.
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Least ur honest... motorcycle racing is something i want to get into... i car race but I just can't see enough of a future in motorcycle racing for me to get real serious about it... too hard to find sponsors in the US, atleast from where i am... and it's real expensive... Anyway, just chimed in to say best of luck to you guys this year, I know how the lack of a budget it goes... but if I've learned anything from it, it pays off because the more sponsors you try to find when your broke, the more they seem to come back the next year and pay you off when you're not.

rocketjockey said:
Luckily I have a decent income and a sugar momma that helps keep me racing.
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I'm also sponsorless this race season, still looking but I seriously doubt I'll find anything. This is going to be my first race season and I'm not all that fast so we'll have to see how it goes. I'm looking at probably R5000 and R8000 (about $750 - $1200) a race weekend which isn't including non-race practice or crashes or breakdowns. First race is on the 11th of Feb and I have to knock at least 3 secs off my lap time before then!
You won't find a sponsor until you finish at least one season with GREAT results..............our sport sucks in that regard. But if I owned a business I wouldn't shell out money unless I knew the rider was gonna be able to show off his sponsers on the podium..............
 

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I'm a newb to racing, but not to riding. With that said, I may have a sponsor. A new shop opened up about an hour from my house. A friend of mine is managing the place. He knows how I ride and is putting a bug in the owners ear. The shop currently puts out serious sponsor dollars in the ATV industry. The stipulations I've lined up are pretty inexpensive for the shop so my friend thinks the owner will come through. I just need to talk to him. Sorry, but I have to leave the specifics out.
 

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Mine to cover two bikes, parts, maintance, goodies, $20,000 out of pocket cash, money to cover the race weekends are also out of pocket cash but i don't know what i've spent there to the end of the year. racing with wera, ccs and asra. trackdays at TPM and nesba. as for spon, well lockhart phillips, michelin, bridgestone, VP fuels, speedscreens, vortex, Hotbodies, pitbull and i can't remeber who else at the moment.
 

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What do average track days and race weekends cost you dudes back in the states?
I remember running CCS, WERA, and GLRRA back in the day and was thinking that for a race weekend to include 4 races; GPSingles, LWGT, LWGP, MWGP (a 125cc with 600cc WooHoo!!!). These races would cost me under $400 in entry fees. I can remember practice days the Friday before race weekends were something like $80 for an entire day of practice.

Here in Japan running the MFJ its damn near $50/30min for practice times at the tracks. But before you can even get track time, you must first purchase a track license which costs nearly $400/yr for each circuit! Motegi's license was $385, Tsukuba's license was $300, and Fuji's was nearl $450!!!
Then you have to buy an MFJ (AMA equivelant in the US) race license which is $100/yer plus another $50 for any pit crew members of the team.

Anyone willing to throw up some of their costs?

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sargeek1975 said:
You won't find a sponsor until you finish at least one season with GREAT results...
Not always true. I'm getting back on for the first time in nearly 15 yrs and haven't had that hard of a time finding sponsors, albeit I don't have any big names behind me. I have some local business owners willing to cover some of my regular expenses such as hotels/fuel/food/entry fees. I was able to find a body shop that will cover my paint/glass work.(hope I don't need them after the initial painting) I'm working on an agreement with my local dealership for a little help. It may mean that I take my race bike to the dealership for them to "display" on certain nonrace weekends, but I can live w/ that. I've been honest and up-front w/ everyone I've spoken to. I'm not gonna try to make every race of the year and I make sure they know that from the start. Guess what I'm saying is to get out and do the leg work, even talking to business owners outside of the race/motorcycle realm. Never know where you might get some help.
 

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not any sponsors exactly but I am signing up for "Team Bridgestone" basically a good deal on tires and trackside support, nothing free, but its a great deal especially considering I won't even get my race license until Feb.
oh and that kinda puts sargeeks quote down.
I've never raced and don't have a license yet but i do have a "sponsor"
 

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just curious but how many of ya'll put parts and stuff on credit cards that you can't really afford to pay back any time soon? This conversation came up among friends tonight and I was surprised how many of them actually buy stuff with no plan to pay back. I've never put anything on my card I can't pay back at the end of the month, but thats just me.

I do like to use my dad's citi Hilton Honors card for big purchases. of course my dad makes me give him the money to pay for it before I charge it, to make sure it gets payed back. But he also uses it for his business and we end up with tons of free hotel stays, usually at Hampton Inns. We haven't payed for a hotel in 2 years! Makes for a great weekend at the track, not having to camp and free breakfast. thats just cool stuff
 

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I only buy something with my credit card if I can pay it back at the end of the month. It's going to start getting tight though but realistically it's just a snowball effect. If I don't pay this month and aim to pay next, what happens with next month's purchases? It's never ending...
 

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just curious but how many of ya'll put parts and stuff on credit cards that you can't really afford to pay back any time soon?
Never.

But a few others on our race team last year did just that. One of them isn't racing this year because he can barely afford to pay his minimum payments.

If I can't afford it then the bike doesn't get it.

My priorities are tires..............anything else is just gravy.
 
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