Exactly! Unless there is some more information about privateers and small groups having a different fee, it's really bad news. And even if there is some sort of sliding scale, it seems like a massive money grab. So far, only hearing bad news and no good news.yep, that will reduce the start field to purely big teams or factory teams... no young guns, no privateers
It's certainly possible - and there is a precedent. In motorcycle Enduro, there are now two World Championships; EnduroGP and Hard Enduro. The latter only gained full World Championship status last year; before that we had a series of mainly Red Bull sponsored events that made up the WESS...However, with coverage on Red Bull TV, it was far better than the established EnduroGP series. In fact, Rob Warner was on the coverage of last month's RB Erzbergrodeo.....I hope Red Bull goes for their own series. I don't think downhill is so attached to the UCI brand as say XCO or road cycling.
If Red Bull can create a new series maintaining the essence of the sport (and the fans prefer that one) the big brands and riders will flock to the series with more exposure.