Month: March 2015

ITV’s MotoGP highlights stumble as BT increases

BT Sport up, ITV highlights down – Always love checking out the F1 broadcasting blog and their update on the 2015 Qatar MotoGP figures is especially worth a mention, so here’s a reblog of their findings, recommended reading!(Wonder how much closer racing puts into the equation, what a race!)

The F1 Broadcasting Blog

Highlights of the first MotoGP race of 2015 stumbled off the starting blocks last night as BT Sport recorded a record high for its MotoGP coverage, unofficial overnight viewing figures show.

Last year, BT Sport’s coverage from Qatar averaged 126k (0.8%) from 15:00 to 20:30. The MotoGP portion averaged 187k (0.8%), peaking with 230k (1.1%). The programme length this year was slightly shorter due to rugby coverage preceding it, with new programme The Chequered Flag following at 20:00. Yesterday, from 16:00 to 20:00, BT Sport 2 averaged 172k (1.1%), which is up on the equivalent number of 142k (0.8%) from twelve months ago. For the MotoGP race, from 18:30 to 20:00, the channel averaged 212k (1.1%), peaking with 263k (1.4%). By all three measures, BT Sport was up year-on-year, by around 15 percent. BT’s numbers are actually a record high for them.

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Qatar 2015 – determination required, drama guaranteed!

MotoGP gave us one of it’s greatest races in a long time, and a very Italian podium, but the Spanish domination had vanished in all three world championship classes, they did not feature once on the podium in Qatar (though all the Spanish Moto3 and Moto2 rookies look VERY promising).

 

Reporting on the support classes is always enjoyable, both races had winners who had not won before in that class thanks to a mixture of talent and luck. Behind them riders got the chance to excel on their new machines, while other faltered at the final hurdle.

Moto3 saw experienced ‘veteran’ of the class Alexis Masbou claim his first Moto3 win, just his second ever victory at 27 , Moto2 saw Sam Lowes dominance come to nothing, the reigning champion Rabat also falling and Zarco be let down by his machinery. One of the few other riders to drop a sub two minute lap, Jonas Folger was perfectly poised to pick up the pieces there.

But who else impressed? Who bagged a trophy?

To catch up with the action, try these reports (I again, lovingly created!)

Crash is the destination for detail, as reported live directly after the session reports for Moto2 and Moto3, just click the links to be immersed in all you could wish to know about the Qatar action so far:

Less time? Try the shorter version at PaddockChatter

Qatar qualifying 2015 – resurgence, dominance and experience

MotoGP has returned so it’s time to get back to blogging after my own winter break!

Qatar qualifying has really been exciting as there is so much movement in the paddock, many riders beating expectations and some below where they were predicted.

MotoGP brought us a session where the Ducati really shone a resurgence under the guidance of project manager Gigi Dall’Igna, emotively completed by chants of the man who has stuck by them through thick and thin ‘Dovi’ – Andrea Dovizioso.

 

But my main focus for reporting remains the support classes, both of which had riders take career first poles within the world championship structure.

Moto3 saw experienced ‘veteran’ of the class Alexis Masbou rise to the top , Moto2 saw Sam Lowes continue his dominance over the weekend.

But who can challenge them?

The finest place to catch up with the action, try these reports (I lovingly created!)

Crash is the destination for detail, as reported live directly after the session reports for Moto2 and Moto3, just click the links to be immersed in all you could wish to know about the Qatar action so far:

Less time? Try the shorter version at PaddockChatter