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    Something about the popularity of modern rally sport... Today was the official presentation of the results of the voting for "Sportsman of the Year" in Poland. The winner was Anita Wlodarczyk (hammer throw), who won the Summer Olympics.

    TOP 10:
    1. Anita Włodarczyk (light athletics - hammer throw)
    2. Robert Lewandowski (football)
    3. Piotr Małachowski (light athletics - discus throw)
    4. Rafał Majka (cycling)
    5. Magdalena Fularczyk-Kozłowska, Natalia Madaj (rowing)
    6. Maja Włoszczowska (mountain bikes)
    7. Jakub Błaszczykowski (football)
    8. Bartosz Zmarzlik (speedway)
    9. Karol Bielecki (handball)
    10. Marta Walczykiewicz (canoeing)

    Kajto, the two-time European Rally Champion... didn't even receive nomination!

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    Same situation is also at your south neighbours in Czech. Not a single rally or even motorsport related person in TOP 30

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    Quote Originally Posted by kure91 View Post
    Same situation is also at your south neighbours in Czech. Not a single rally or even motorsport related person in TOP 30
    But there is no drivers on the WRC level to win. ERC is not enough.

    In Finland three motorsport drivers have ever been selected "Sportsman of the Year". Keke Rosberg 1982, Juha Kankkunen 1993 and Mika Häkkinen 1998.

    So only once rally driver! 4x WRC Champion Tommi Mäkinen was never selected...

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    If Kris Meeke won the WRC title I very much doubt he would be in line for BBC Sports Personality of the Year.. not just about ERC or Poland. Rallying is just a niche sport everywhere i guess.

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    Journalists underestimate rallysport (or we can say motorsport) almost everywhere...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PLuto View Post
    Journalists underestimate rallysport (or we can say motorsport) almost everywhere...
    Because most of them just don't understand it.
    Never stop dreaming because one day it might happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PLuto View Post
    Journalists underestimate rallysport (or we can say motorsport) almost everywhere...
    at least I guess autosport (F1, Dakar, Le Mans, maybe WRC - at least here in France) has correct coverage.
    That's not the case for bikes. Outside Moto GP, it seems than all other categories are undercovered. Whereas f.e. MXGP is something very popular - and I kniow here there is plenty of motocross races, but I've never seen motocross having some coverage outside Dakar and L'Enduro du Touquet (french major event, road on Le Touquet beach). Even sport media don't talk a lot about it ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by vino_93 View Post
    at least I guess autosport (F1, Dakar, Le Mans, maybe WRC - at least here in France) has correct coverage.
    That's not the case for bikes. Outside Moto GP, it seems than all other categories are undercovered. Whereas f.e. MXGP is something very popular - and I kniow here there is plenty of motocross races, but I've never seen motocross having some coverage outside Dakar and L'Enduro du Touquet (french major event, road on Le Touquet beach). Even sport media don't talk a lot about it ...
    In Austria it seems media most care about biking. At the moment with Dakar they only write about biker Uwe Walkner, but nobody doesn´t care about Ilka Minor.

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