I guess it all boils down to keeping the local teams open to guys that can't quite get a factory sponsor. Why let that factory rider take a spot away from a kid that can't get to that level, but wants to be a part of a team?
I do not think that the factory rider would taking away a spot from another kid. More over he would just be on the same team. He may be used on the team sheet more often than the non factory, but they would both still be on the team. At least I would hope so.
As far as not being allowed to run on a local team sheet, I agree with obsessive, just another exclusionary rule that would, in my opinion, deter the factory riders from participating, although if a rider wants to race he will regardless of team affiliation.
Just my .02, interesting topic Obsessive.
This post has been edited by HRPdesigns: Apr 13 2010, 07:09 AM