I believe this captures the essence of what its all about. These guys are going at it full bore – “death or glory” so to speak.
The riders are typically classed as either factory riders or privateers. Factory riders are those who are paid by Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki and Yamaha. They are trained, coached and provided for as the most skilled athletes in the country. Many have personal trainers, their own mechanics and bikes (once properly tricked out) of a value approaching $70 000.
The privateer has a dream; he hadn’t made it yet and their world is a colder harder one.