Being a privateer ain’t easy and sometimes it takes innovative, guerilla marketing tactics like Bobby Piazza taking donations to rev his bike at the Daytona Monster Energy Supercross race to make the difference between racing on a given night or watching the next race from the back of a van.
Without a factory contract, riders like Piazza must cover a majority of his costs out of pocket. Piazza has sponsors of which he is incredibly proud, but the cost of living on the road and commuting from city to city can be prohibitive.
A couple of weeks ago, NBC Sports bumped into Piazza taking $20 donations to rev his bike in the Daytona International Speedway garage.
“It costs around $1,500 every weekend just to get there, whether you’re driving or flying to all these rounds after sign up, fuel bill, hotels, all the other fun stuff,” Piazza told NBC Sports. “At first, in Houston, I did a $20 donations and you’d get a free t-shirt because you’re not allowed to sell t-shirts [in the paddock]. Then I had people take pictures with me and my bike.
Well, this weekend at the Atlanta Supercross event, Bobby was allegedly bullied and disrespected by Feld security. They reportedly told him that he sucks at riding and that he should give up since he is no good.
CANCELLED.. Where to even start? Week in and out it’s a different problem with not only me but other privateers. I feel the problem is nobody will stand up and speak. Bike rev is for the fans the enjoyment and happiness it brings to people. I do this for you guys and myself bc I love it! “They” came up aggressively and made me feel like a criminal bc of whatever power trip they’re on. I wouldn’t be racing if I didn’t do bike rev it cost around 2k just to get to each race YOU guys keep me going the support is unreal. So much more then them just shutting us down behind the scenes but I’ll leave it at that. Most act like there too good for everybody in this sport but I’m as real as it gets heart an soul! Waiting on a call to see what’s next.
Listen to what Bobby has to say down bellow!
Since people wanna twist things around and bash me and think I’m a douche this and that here you go this should clear some things up love you guys!!!