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ASK THE MXPERTS: How Much Money Can A Privateer Make At This Weekend’s Washougal National? The Question That Everyone Asks, But No One Ever Answers; We will!

July 17, 2009
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ASK THE MXPERTS:
HOW CAN A PRIVATEER EARN AT THE WASHOUGAL NATIONAL?

Dear MXA,
ÿÿ How much money can a privateer make at a National? How much would he make if he won, finished third, tenth, 20th or dead last?

ÿÿ It varies depending on what brand of bike he rides (and whether or not he is a real privateer or a factory supported privateer). All the money figures below are a combination of the AMA purse and the guaranteed, posted, bonus money. Let’s assume that you are talking about a real privateer. Here are the answers:

IF HE WON HOW MUCH WOULD HE MAKE?
ÿÿÿ If the privateer was on a Kawasaki KX450F and won both motos, he would take home $53,050.
ÿÿÿ If he won on a KX250F,
Yamaha or a Honda he would make $28,050.
ÿÿÿ Unfortunately, we could find no money posted for Suzuki or KTM riders.

IF HEÿFINISHED THIRD HOW MUCH WOULD HE MAKE?
ÿÿÿ If the privateer went 3-3 on a Kawasaki KX450F, Yamaha YZ250F or Yamaha YZ450F he would take home $16,800.
ÿÿÿ If heÿwent 3-3 on a Honda he would make $3800.

IF HE FINISHED TENTH HOW MUCH WOULD HE MAKE?
ÿÿÿ If the privateer went 10-10 for tenth overall on a Yamaha or Kawasaki (of either displacement) he would make $2540.
ÿÿÿ If the privateer went 10-10 for tenth overall on a Honda he would make $1640.

IF HE FINISHED 20TH HOW MUCH WOULD HE MAKE?
ÿÿÿ If the privateer went 20-20 for 20th overall on a Yamaha he would make $1160.
ÿÿÿ If the privateer went 20-20 for 20th overall on a Kawasaki he would make $960.
ÿÿÿ If the privateer went 20-20 for 20th overall on a Honda he would make $760.

IF HE FINISHED DEAD LAST HOW MUCH WOULD HE MAKE?
ÿÿÿ If the privateer went 40-40 for 40th overall on a Kawasaki KX250F or KX450F he would make $565.
ÿÿÿ If the privateer went 40-40 for 40th overall on a Yamaha, Honda, KTM or Suzuki he would make $440.

WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED HERE?

ÿÿÿ (1) On average an AMA National pays the exact same total purse as an AMA Supercross. The posted National purse is $66,140 per event. This money comes directly from the event promoter each weekend. Read that again: Supercross and the AMA Nationals have the exact same total purse! That purse money is also supplemented by guaranteed, posted, bonus money (which means that money is part of the AMA’s payout system).

ÿÿÿ (2) The major difference between the payout (per rider) at a Supercross and an AMA National is that the National purse is divided by 160 checks (every rider in every moto gets paid–even the last place guy, who went 40-40, would get $440 from the $66,140).
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ÿÿ (3)
Even though you didn’t asked about second place it pays.
ÿÿÿ KX450F rider: $27,150.
ÿÿÿ YZ250F/YZ450F rider: $22,150.
ÿÿÿ KX250F rider: $17,150.
ÿÿÿ CRF250/450 rider: $6150.

ÿÿÿ (4) Full-factory riders do not sign-up for the AMA’s guaranteed contingency plan, instead they makes $103,050 a week for winning (winning all 12 Nationals, like James Stewart did in 2008, would put at least $1,236,600 in purse-related money in the rider’s pocket–plus the factory riders get $1,000,000 Championship bonus–which makes a totally successfully National campaign worth a minimum of $2,236,600).

ÿÿÿ (5) How much an individual rider makes from the AMA National purse depends on how much bonus money each factory puts into the pot.

ÿÿÿ (7) The entry fee for the Glen Helen National is $200. Every rider, even if he rides a bike that doesn’t pay AMA bonus money will get double his entry fee back even if he finishes last.

ÿÿÿ (7) You can nitpick the answer in a million ways (separating bonus money from purse money, privateer from factory-supported privateer, pickup truck versus semi), but these are the numbers.

THE AMA PURSE MONEY BY PLACE (Assuming 1-1, 202, 3-3, etc.)
1. $3050
2. $2150
3. $1800
4. $1410
5. $1290
6. $1230
7. $1140
8. $1110
9. $1090
10. $1040
11. $990
12. $890
13. $830
14. $810
15. $780
16. $760
17. $740
18. $720
19. $700
20. $660
21. $640
22. $620
23. $600
24. $580
25. $560
26. $540
27. $520
28. $500
29. $480
30. $460
31-40. $440

YAMAHA BONUS MONEY BY OVERALL PLACE
1. $25,000
2. $20,000
3. $15,000
4. $7000
5. $5000
6. $3500
7. $2500
8. $2250
9. $3000
10. $1500
11. $1250
12. $900
13. $850
14. $800
15. $750
16. $700
17. $650
18. $600
19. $550
20. $500

HONDA BONUS MONEY BY OVERALL PLACE
1. $25,000
2. $4,000
3. $2,000
4. $1000
5. $900
6. $800
7. $750
8. $700
9. $650
10. $600
11. $550
12. $500
13. $450
14. $400
15. $350
16. $300
17. $250
18. $200
19. $150
20. $100

KAWASAKI KX250F BONUS MONEY BY OVERALL PLACE
1. $25,000
2. $15,000
3. $8,000
4. $5000
5. $4000
6. $3000
7. $2500
8. $2000
9. $1750
10. $1500
11. $1250
12. $1000
13. $800
14. $700
15. $600
16. $550
17. $500
18. $450
19. $400
20. $350
21. $300
22. $250
23. $200
24. $175
25. $150
26-40. $125

KAWASAKI KX450F BONUS MONEY BY OVERALL PLACE
1. $50,000
2. $25,000
3. $15,000
4. $6000
5. $5000
6. $4000
7. $3000
8. $2000
9. $1750
10. $1500
11. $1250
12. $1000
13. $800
14. $700
15. $600
16. $550
17. $500
18. $450
19. $400
20. $350
21. $300
22. $250
23. $200
24. $175
25. $150
26-40. $125

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