Pretty fair in my personal opinion. I think sometimes the complaints that people have about things that aren't happening or haven't happened aren't always rooted in a rational consideration of why it might not be happening. Most folks would obviously prefer not to be corralled in to spectating pens, but given the actual circumstances...I'd argue the current set up is better than nothing. In fact, when other orgs, even BITD, have run other races in this exact area, most of the current Mint spectator areas are not even open for spectators at all. Until the Mint, NO ONE was spectating any races on transmission alley/test section. So some of it just comes down to being half full vs. half empty.It's unfair to compare what Dave can do with KOH (in an open OHV area) and what the Mint can do as far as spectating. I do agree that Dave has a much better overall event and believe a big part of that equation is the fact that you can camp at the event and move around to different areas to watch the race, while also being able to visit Hammertown and wander around all the sponsor tents. The Mint is a different beast, I enjoy the Las Vegas portion of the event and believe Vegas is the proper place to hold all the pre-race events, but I've never thought about driving down to pack myself into a spectator area and be trapped there for the day. I stay in Vegas (or drive home) and watch the race online. This is exactly what the Martelli's need to focus and I think are focusing on, the media site of the race. The lack of mobility and the closed course restrictions have forced them to put on a media event. Entirely different than KOH. KOH does have awesome on-line content the entire week of KOH.
I think most of this comes down to how people perceive things...if they have a favorable view of a person or thing, they are more inclined to see things in a positive light. If they have a negative view, they are more inclined to see things through that lens. In my opinion there is what I am now coining as a "Martelli effect" (TM) in which some people who have a negative view of Mad Media for whatever reason, stop taking the time to really analyze what they're mad about and just assume the worst. It's a bit of a confirmation bias I think.