SmarTop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda (side rant: WE need to do something about this name. Too long, dog) recently announced a four-rider team of Benny Bloss, Shane McElrath and the returning Justin Hill and Vince Friese.
You’d figure a team announcing a four-rider factory supported squad (the biggest 450 effort in the series) would be meet with joy. Nope, this is 2020 and everyone NEEDS TO HAVE AN OPIONON (i.e. A COMPLAINT).
What, Slaw, is this complaint? Glad you asked. I guess, according to the Internet, Vince Friese is not suited to have this ride. You see, the Internet has decided that a private team can’t hire WHOEVER THE F THEY WANT! They should hire X, Y or Z instead.
Here’s the thing: Mike Genova (team owner) has dumped millions upon millions into this sport over a number of years and has provided many of riders a job. So, Mike could hire Slaw for the next five years (hit me up, Mike, I’m a free agent) and tell the rest of you to suck it! Because, guess what: HE OWNS THE TEAM.
But Slaw, so and so deserves a ride over Friese. Wah wah wah. Guess what, if Mike Genova wanted to hire another rider, he could. From what I hear, Genova and Tony Alessi (team manager) like to keep a family-oriented environment around the team. They eat dinners together, go on trips, etc. Vince, who has ridden for the team most of his career, is obviously well-liked by Mike and Tony.
Further, the Internet is acting like Vince is a scrub. He’s not. In 2020, he raced all 17 rounds, grabbed a f ton of good starts (which, hint, is good for sponsors), and finished 14th in points, ahead of Adam Cianciarulo (Note: I’ve been told that AC missed a lot of rounds. So, yeah, but still).
So, in short, Mike Genova should and could hire whoever he wants and you all can continue to complain.
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