This topic came up in another thread of mine and the 'guesses' were sometimes insane. Remeber San Manuel is his number 1 sponsor followed by Yamaha and then Red Bull (followed by Answer, Bridgestone and Bell). So we know of all the benifits like freebies, and the money Yamaha puts in for mechanics type stuff. We also know that in reality what he makes in a year is the total of all his sponsors, appearances, etc. The question is though what's his yearly paycheck only from Yamaha? I assume there are nice bonuses for titles and wins also. One guess was $12 million....uh no. That would mean more than $12 mil from S.M. Then we are talking about him getting paid closer to $30 million a year. We love moto x and want are heros to get paid but it's not NBA, NASCAR, NFL, or MLB. One report online said $500,000. Feel free to post guess but if anything is supported by facts list the source or website. The reality is that with benifits and all sponsors it's more than probably any of us will ever make, but moto carears are short. This is of interest to me because it explains why and how much it would take to get him on say a KTM if he thought he could win on one. If he'd ride a KTM is another topic all together so keep the KTM bashing out of this post if possible please.