Untill you make it into the upper echelons of roadracing in this country, you don't really make much cash. A good friend of mine, Eric Haugo holds the #9 plate in AMA Formula Extreme. That's pretty damn good, really. Nobody pays him anything to ride. Another good friend of mine, Vincent Haskovick still holds the record at Laguna (I think) and nobody pays him to ride, either. Even Hooters Suzuki requires you to pay THEM $100,000.00 up front for the season, provide your own bike, room, and board. You also pay your fuel, tires, etc. You're paying for the good exposure. Of course, you get to keep your purse...if you win.