Maybe Robby will pony up with SPEED. Hard to even find that here in the US though...
Hailey Deegan is with Monster. I’m sure Deegs is on that program too.
One of the energy drinks will sign Rob no doubt in my mind. There is no way they aren’t already in talks with him.
Rob Mac said he is racing SCORE this year and the Mint.
Other than that, time will tell.
Rockstar still has sponsorship in other sporting events as well. But like you say, probably a lot less to fund. Not sure about the SX and MX side though. That racing with that many events each year could be a big budget.
He may be still receiving funding, but they may be looking at the market exposure in a year where politics is going to get into everything. There are plenty of energy drink junkies out there that will drop a brand like a rock if their 'guy' says they support anything the enemy likes.The Rockstar/Husqi partnership has to be big bucks compared to Rob Mac’s program. I heard they dropped all of their 4-wheel sponsorships so Tanner Foust was dropped as well. Good thing they stayed in snowbikes, whatever the f**k that is???
This all seems quite sudden, I thought I remember seeing the decals on Robs truck at the dyno before the race (I could be mistaken). It looks like the decals were peeled off right before the race. Plus, I thought Rob was signed with them thru 2021?
This is more of where I was going with the sign of the times thing. Maybe our market as a community is not as robust and we'd like to think. While some may not like the hype of certain races, the bottom line is the companies that are supporting the top of the food chain need visibility and reach to validate ROI. They are businesses and have to justify the support they are providing. If their business markets dry up, sponsor money becomes an easy cut. And if they see limited business value in the visibility (or lack thereof), they're going to take their money elsewhere.Rockstar has been losing share for a while. They lost their way, and didn't really keep up with RB and Monster, or hold their place as a solid #3. Bang and others have come in and taken just enough of Rockstar's business that they have come to the point of having to trim programs. Sad, but I'm sure many of the other race teams/athletes will feel the effects soon. What's worse is that it's not like these new brands are stepping up to fill their void. I don't see Bang, C4, Celsius, etc getting into racing.
Being a part of the Honda team, Jeff stresses to us all the time that we are representing Honda and our sponsors above all. We all have to be very uniform in our appearance. I actually put in our pit books what to wear each day. Now with the Talons as part of the team, it’s double the stress as we are under the Honda Powersports eye as well as the Honda auto side.I have to imagine that there are plenty of sponsorship opportunities available with many other companies out there, specifically aimed at the offroad crowd of spectators.
How many of us buy tools, I would think Makita, Milwaukee, Dewalt, etc. would be interested in putting their name on someones vehicle as a title sponsor.
We all buy tires, why not have a title sponsor with a tire company? RV's, Campers, retails camping centers should be pretty well vested in this form of motorsport as well.
I would think any company that makes a part or item that you can bolt on to your own vehicle, use on your vehicle, or tow with your vehicle could be enticed to help pay for a season of racing in short course and/or desert racing.
I believe part of this problem of lack of sponsorship dollars is due to the fact that most "offroad" teams are, for lack of a better term, unprofessional in the grand scheme of motorsports compared to road racing teams. Although that is part of our racing heritage and what makes most of what we do really fun, I think many companies that are willing to spend millions of their dollars on a racing program, are wanting a higher level of professionalism in the entire team.
Being a part of the Honda team, Jeff stresses to us all the time that we are representing Honda and our sponsors above all. We all have to be very uniform in our appearance. I actually put in our pit books what to wear each day. Now with the Talons as part of the team, it’s double the stress as we are under the Honda Powersports eye as well as the Honda auto side.