British MotoGP™ broadcaster BT Sport believes that Sunday is for racing, regardless of whatever else is going on in the world. Therefore, due to the Covid-19 crisis causing the start of the 2020 season to be postponed, they’ve scoured the archives and are bringing the British public the chance to relive some of the sport’s greatest moments.
BT Sport are bringing four hours of racing to British TVs every Sunday morning, starting with Episode 1 airing yesterday, March 29th. Then, once the races have finished, they’re encouraging fans to take to Twitter to vote for their favourite.
Because Sunday’s are for bikes...— MotoGP on BT Sport (@btsportmotogp) March 27, 2020
We bring you #TheGreatestRace ????
Watch and vote for your favourite each week, with the winners going through to the grand final.
Episode one, Valentino Rossi ????????
Sunday | 10am | BT Sport 1 HD pic.twitter.com/ryCgr2axdU
The most voted race of each Sunday will head through to a final round to be crowned MotoGP™’s Greatest Race.
BT Sport kicked off the series with four of Valentino Rossi’s greatest races, including some of his most infamous rivalries.
Max Biaggi joined from his sunflower-wallpapered flat in Monaco to talk about the intense rivalry he had with ‘The Doctor’ in the 2004 season opener at Welkom, “I miss that moment, I miss those years. It was kind of good and bad.” Says the Italian rider. “I respect him and I think he feels the same. Over the years I miss that moment and I wish I could go back.”
???? The 2004 opener ????— MotoGP on BT Sport (@btsportmotogp) March 30, 2020
???? Rossi's first Yamaha season ????
???? The LAST lap in South Africa ????????@maxbiaggi on his famous rivalry with Valentino Rossi and their iconic encounter at Welkom... #TheGreatestRace pic.twitter.com/V3co5ZeIy4
Sete Gibernau joined presenter Gavin Emmett to talk about his duel with Rossi at the 2005 Spanish GP. The Spanish rider said “It was a great race, it was outstanding riding, very mental and I enjoyed it but for the last corner.”
"I for sure look at it as a great race, it was outstanding riding, very mental and I enjoyed it but for the last corner..."— MotoGP on BT Sport (@btsportmotogp) March 30, 2020
Jerez, 2005 was a watershed moment in the eyes of Sete Gibernau!#TheGreatestRace pic.twitter.com/m5GTbNKFQs
And of course looking at Rossi’s greatest races wouldn’t be complete without the 2009 Catalan GP, when the Italian clashed with rival Jorge Lorenzo. The number 99 joined Gavin Emmett via Skype from his hotel room in Dubai to talk about that epic race, “One part of me didn’t expect that move,” he said “but another part of me expected it but I was a little bit too scared to close the door and change the racing line I was following the whole race. He took advantage of this situation. Two years before, in 2007 he made a similar move on Casey Stoner, so he knew he could make that move”.
"I was a little bit scared to close the door... He took profit of the situation. Two years before, in 2007, he made a similar move to Casey Stoner."— MotoGP on BT Sport (@btsportmotogp) March 29, 2020
Jorge Lorenzo on how Valentino Rossi managed to pass him on the stadium section of the Barcelona circuit...#TheGreatestRace pic.twitter.com/R0YWlIzW68
Fans have until the following Sunday to cast their vote on the BT Sport Twitter, to decide which of Rossi’s greatest races should be put through as a contented of the all-time MotoGP™ Greatest Race.
Episode two of BT Sport's Greatest Race will air between 10am and 2pm on Sunday April 5th, just before MotoGP™'s Virtual Race 2
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