The recent Indy GP was a spectacle on many fronts, but to some in the paddock having a GP at such an iconic American venue with exactly zero American riders on the GP podiums was difficult to take.
Or, ironic. Take your pick. How was it ironic? There are threecount 'emUSGPs now and chances of the American National Anthem being played after the MotoGP race? Not great. There was a time, though, of no USGPs and American domination.
King Kenny Roberts was at Indy and working a deal to bring his team back into the world championship. But it was clear he missed the success Yanks had in the 1980s and was worried because he didn't see a great deal of hope for the future for the colonists any GP. "I'm spoiled," Roberts said. "I came from an era where we heard the American national anthem (at) every Grand Prix virtually," Roberts said. "In 1983 it was every Grand Prix. There wasn't a Grand Prix where you didn't hear the national anthem. We were spoiled, and I have not heard it for a long time."
Roberts' then rival Randy Mamola was on site at Indy and concurred, saying "In 1983 the championship ended with Freddie, Kenny Roberts, Eddie Lawson and myself, one through four (in the championship) were taken by Americans."
Racing is cyclical and history shows that today has little bearing on what GP racing will look like in a thousand tomorrows, but the lack of American front-runners in any of the feeder classes makes one wonder if it will be any different for Yanks in GP after that one thousand tomorrows have passed.
Signs of hope: American Josh Herrin has to be in consideration for a Moto2 ride for 2014, and James Rispoli did well in his Wild Card Moto2 ride on the Mistral (Tech 3).