To access your subscription or free account. When asked by Motorsport Broadcasting, Emmett noted that the introduction of a ‘media pen,’ akin to the current Formula 1 set-up following qualifying and the race, would only be a positive for the two-wheeled community. From a facilities perspective, Huewen believes there is ‘no better facility’ than Triumph’s base, Huewen chatting to me in the Hinckley sunshine prior to MotoGP qualifying. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Former MotoGP™ commentator Nick Harris remembers the late Shoya Tomizawa after Nagashima’s emotional win in Qatar . ( Log Out / Posted by 2 years ago. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. The one thing that hasn’t changed is the racing. “Having a mix zone has worked for us, and I think it would work for the teams and the riders, because they know that they come there, they do their thing and that’s it, done, and they don’t need to go to different places, different times.”, “I think it’s a great idea. Stop 1: Qatar, MotoGP canceled (Moto 2; Moto3 support divisions raced), Stop 2: Spain (MotoGP winner: Fabio Quartararo), Stop 3: Andalucia (MotoGP winner: Fabio Quartararo), Stop 4: Czech Republic (MotoGP winner: Brad Binder), Stop 5: Austria (MotoGP winner: Andrea Dovizioso), Stop 6: Styria (MotoGP winner: Miguel Oliveira), Stop 7: San Marino (MotoGP winner: Franco Morbidelli), Stop 8: Emilia Romagna (MotoGP winner: Maverick Vinales), Stop 9: Catalunya (MotoGP winner: Fabio Quartararo), Stop 10: Le Mans (MotoGP winner: Danilo Petrucci), Stop 11: Aragon (MotoGP winner: Alex Rins), Stop 12: Teruel (MotoGP winner: Franco Morbidelli). All four of BT’s commentators have their own monitors, giving them more space to work within than at a normal race weekend. The bulk of the production team remains down in London, with some working remotely, all communicating with those on-site in Triumph to help bring the show to life. Fuckin awesome! Enter your email address to follow Motorsport Broadcasting and receive notifications of new posts by email. It’s nothing new, Eurosport have been doing off site commentary for years. All this makes little difference to riders, engineers and mechanics going about their business. There may not be many things guaranteed in 2020, but with Marc Marquez out injured, 2020 will certainly see a new MotoGP champion. The logistics of getting to races have also changed for paddock workers. ( Log Out / He started commentating on Thundersport club events in 2008. One broadcaster, BT Sport has remained off-site for their MotoGP coverage, instead opting to base themselves at the home of Moto2 engine supplier Triumph. Great morning chatting to the @BTSportMotoGP team at @UKTriumph HQ! “There’s only been four races but there’s been 40 races worth of talking points – it’s been nuts!” agrees Birt. We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us. I think they picked up that habit from the BBC when Murray Walker’s audio used to be arsed around. Usually there’s fans right in front of us with airhorns. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. It means that his commentary alongside Keith Huewen for BT Sport in Valencia, will be his last in MotoGP, for now at least. Now in their seventh season covering the championship and with the team settled into their temporary home, Motorsport Broadcasting took a trip up to Hinckley in Leicestershire to see how things were shaping up…. We took what we had before for granted. Usually you’ve got Rossi fans or fans of whoever going crazy in the crowd, but not now.”. “We are lucky in that when some of the riders do their Zoom media conferences in the media centre they walk past us and from a distance we can have a chat with them, but it’s not relaxed like it was before, so you’re not getting a lot of gold out of it. “And whereas before we had one timing monitor and a TV screen between us we’ve now got a timing monitor and a TV each. As MotoGP resumes its season, NBC Sports will have fans covered. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Is a long-term solution to production? “Initially we weren’t going to be allowed to go home after Jerez, they wanted us to stay over,” says Birt. Teams are bringing their backdrops to the mix zone and putting them in, understandably they want the sponsor logos displayed. For all stakeholders across motor sport, the restart of sport since the COVID-19 pandemic has meant a change in the ways of working, as everyone adapts to the current landscape – inside and outside of broadcasting. “But we definitely miss that human contact with other people in the paddock. Your guess is as good as mine. Matt Birt and Steve Day – separated by Covid screen – in their Red Bull Ring commentary box. Normally you’re walking down pit lane, you’re bumping into people; you run the track and you bump into mechanics and crew chiefs.”, “You come here [to Triumph] for the first time with some trepidation, am I going to be stunted in what I can put out.”, “But, the answer to that is not really, because you have personal links to the track, you have links to the officials, you use the phone to get in touch with them and find out what’s going on.”. Dovizioso? Travelling through Europe is no longer straightforward, with fewer flights, Covid spikes and quarantine rules changing all the time. Thanks to the close relationship between the BT Sport team and many of MotoGP’s riders, the team has still been able to relay critical information about the riders back to the viewer at home. No disrespect to the guy, because he’s a genius, but so much has happened that I’ve barely noticed he’s not out there.”, Covid protocols means each commentator gets his own mic/headphone set. Keith Alan Huewen (born 23 August 1957 in Southend-on-Sea, Essex) is an English former professional Grand Prix motorbike road racer, and current sports commentator with BT Sport where he primarily commentates on MotoGP. Mat Oxley So there’s none of that stuff going on. Change ). “I have to say that, at first you do think, ‘ugh I’ve got to do it back in the UK’ rather than being at trackside,” he tells me. We all know they’re speaking through a sock. Matt Birt and Steve Day – separated by Covid screen – in their Red Bull Ring commentary box Matt Birt Author. Life has also changed for Birt and Day inside the commentary box, according to MotoGP’s Covid protocols. At the other end of the ground floor in Triumph’s canteen area is the sound booth, whilst upstairs are BT’s four commentary booths, all separated by Perspex screens. “The riders have been accommodating on the other end of things by going to a position, and they can’t see me, even though I can see them and they can hear me, so having a fairly relaxed, normal conversation with them has been good.”, “The team managers are normally tied up with meetings on Sunday’s, whereas now they’ve been able to speak to Suzi [Perry] directly in the couple of hours before a race, which is really handy. Archived. Paddock life is very empty. It’s strange now, because we used to feed off the energy of the crowd, with everyone going nuts outside our commentary box. The touch screen has proved its worth for BT already in 2020, Neil Hodgson using it to analyse the horrifying accidents during the Austrian Grand Prix weekend, illustrating how close MotoGP came to multiple fatalities that weekend. And a lot of Covid tests!”. Learn how your comment data is processed. No.”, “Dorna are helping us massively from trackside, facilitating the interviews. Check here for latest versions. It helps us know what the lights, the sound, everything is going to look like.”. The latest news, updates and more straight to your inbox, MotoGP 2020: ‘It’s definitely intense, seems like every race is Sepang 2015!’. The plan for BT Sport was to begin looking at MotoGP remote production this year, although clearly COVID accelerated their plans further than they anticipated. Changes will be made to both F2 and…, Valentino Rossi will return to MotoGP action at the European GP this weekend after posting a second negative Covid-19 test. Quartararo? , Keep an eye on the site for plenty of content over the coming weeks… pic.twitter.com/zO0rbDI9kb, — Motorsport Broadcasting (@f1broadcasting) August 8, 2020, “He probably wouldn’t have done that if we were there! He’s aware ‘Oh, you know, I need to let you guys know because you’re going to be commentating on this session’ and the fans also wanting to know what happened, well this is what happened.”. Fuckin awesome! Julian Ryder is to retire from his MotoGP broadcasting duties at the end of the 2017 season, this site can confirm. Split across two floors, the main studio and touch screen is located on the ground floor in the main museum area, the back drop perfect for BT’s MotoGP programming. ( Log Out / After a four-month hiatus because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the season finally began July 19 at the Jerez circuit. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! © Motorsport Broadcasting, 2012-2020. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. The two-wheel series takes a break until September 13th, with nine rounds in eleven weekends to bring the 2020 season to a conclusion. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. 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