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MotoGP´s most complete TV coverage yet begins this weekend

MotoGP´s most complete TV coverage yet begins this weekend

More OnBoard cameras introduced to MotoGP bikes in Catalunya, increasing World Championship coverage.

This weekend´s Gran Premi Cinzano de Catalunya inaugurates a new era in the television coverage of the MotoGP World Championship. Commercial rights-holders of the series and producers of the world television broadcast, Dorna Sports this weekend will employ 128 separate cameras to cover every angle of the Grand Prix. It is a figure that few sporting events can match.

The miniature OnBoard cameras installed on the bikes give fans at home incredible shots from the rider´s perspective, and are the closest thing to actually being on the motorcycles themselves. To heighten the drama from the OnBoards, Dorna has consistently increased the amount of mini-cameras, which boast the latest digital technology and rely on MotoGP Radio Frequency supplier Gigawave for a clear signal.

For the first time in history this weekend, all the bikes on the MotoGP grid will have at least three OnBoard cameras fitted, with a total of 90 being used during the MotoGP race alone. There are a further 8 used in the 250cc category, with 3 more installed in the BMW `Safety Car´.

Eleven MotoGP bikes will have the three standard mini-cameras installed (Front, Rear, Tail), and the seven remaining bikes will have four. On these seven an extra special camera is fitted alongside the three standard cameras. For the Gran Premi Cinzano de Catalunya, the distribution is as follows.

1. Valentino Rossi: clutch hand

2. Dani Pedrosa: throttle and front brake

3. Jorge Lorenzo: view of rider from dashboard

4. Casey Stoner: front tyre – Bridgestone

5. Colin Edwards: front tyre – Michelin

6. Toni Elias: side rear cam, front facing

7. Loris Capirossi: right knee

Each MotoGP rider has two bikes, and for most riders both bikes have OnBoard cameras installed. As such, if there is a change of bike, a crash or even a `flag-to-flag´race, the coverage is unaffected.

In total 28 bikes have been fitted with cameras; with 28 front, 28 rear, 26 tail cameras and 8 special cameras.

In 250, the top four riders in the championship each have one bike fitted with two cameras, a front and rear. In the Safety Car the three cameras are a rear facing camera, an interior `cockpit´ camera and a camera showing the driver and co-driver.

Obviously the action will also be covered by the usual external cameras over every single inch of the asphalt with 27 cameras in total: 21 trackside, four RF cameras in Pit Lane, one in the helicopter and one paddock camera.

The International Programme Feed will have a total of 128 cameras at its disposal, which represents a new record.


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