BBC's MotoGP Series Producer Belinda Rogerson has responded to the concerns of many Crash.net viewers, following confirmation that the broadcaster will have exclusive UK broadcasting rights for MotoGP through to 2013.

The original story (CLICK HERE) generated a significant amount of interest from enthusiasts worried about the level of dedication the BBC could provide, in light of the BBC's recently acquired Formula 1 deal and the loss of Eurosport's MotoGP coverage.

The comments duly warranted the attention of Rogerson, who took the opportunity to visit the Crash.net Forums herself and answer a handful of questions.

Rogerson insists the advent of interactive, multi-channel television - which is available in 86 per cent of homes - means you will never miss a moment.

She said: "Okay I know many of you are Eurosport fans but there are a few things I want to clear up. MotoGP will be on BBC2 for the race coverage with the 125 and 250 QP2 and races, MotoGP Qualifying and MotoGP Extra all on the red button which has an increasingly large reach as well as being on the I-Player a service unique to the BBC coverage.

"Bernie and Dorna work their calendars out together and the races don't clash and haven't for the last few years. Occasionally we are long-haul when they are in Europe and vice versa.

"There are no direct clashes - the only tricky one was Magny-Cours and Donington this year in the same time zone so Dorna just ran the MotoGP race later. It doesn't benefit anyone UK, Italy, Spain etc etc to run MotoGP up against F1."

Rogerson added that unusual events, such as Assen which takes place on a Saturday will continue to be shown live.

"Assen will be live as it was this year and last year. Whilst I accept we didn't used to show all races live we have for 2 seasons now. All the races have been live for the last couple of seasons."

She also revealed that MotoGP is planning go high-definition from 2010 in order to enhance the experience for the armchair fan, although she admits the process is a complicated one.

"Dorna, the rights holder who supply the race coverage itself to all broadcasters, are intending to go HD in 2010. It's a complicated process - not for the track cameras but for all the mini cams on the bikes, the RF cameras in the pit lane."

BBC has shown MotoGP since 2003 but with the decision by Dorna not to renew its contract with Eurosport, 2009 will be the first time the BBC have had exclusive UK TV rights.

No word has yet been given regarding the BBC's MotoGP commentary team for 2009, another hotly debated issue.

 

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