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MotoGP™-bound Redding visits BT Sport

MotoGP™-bound Redding visits BT Sport

Moto2™ championship leader Scott Redding was on-hand as BT Sport launched on Thursday night. The all-new platform will be broadcasting MotoGP™ from 2014 onwards, as Redding steps up to the premier class for the first time.

Starting at 6pm UK time (GMT +1), Thursday’s presentation saw presenters, experts, commentators and special guests gathering in the BT Sports studios in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the biggest purpose-built sports studio in Europe. The show simulcasted on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport 2 until the moment the two channels became independent. The new BT Sport website also went live.

"It’s finally a reality that ‘Great sport happens here’," declared John Petter, Managing Director of BT Retail Consumer. "The customers are the ones that matter and now they will be able to see the programmes for themselves. We‘re convinced they’re going to like what they see and we’re absolutely committed to making BT Sport fun, innovative and a firm favourite with the fans."

During a chat in front of a live studio audience, hosted by Jake Humphrey, it was confirmed that Scott Redding will be joining the premier class of MotoGP™ in 2014.

"It's good to see BT Sport want to promote MotoGP to the same level as their other sports like football," said the 20-year-old, who has won two Moto2™ races this season and picked up a total of five podium finishes. "It should help us get more support from the British fans, which is great. Since being here I've met a lot of people and they're all enthusiastic and know what they're talking about. The studio is mega and we've had a few laughs too which is always good."

Also on-hand was former racer Neil Hodgson, expert analyst on the evening.

"BT Sport are going to change the face of motorcycling and elevate it to a level people didn't think possible," he commented. "The attitude here is to raise the profile of the riders and really get to know their characters, as well as pushing to illustrate the amazing technical stories in new and exciting ways. Having met all the executives here they share the same belief that MotoGP is the greatest show on earth."

The MotoGP™ season resumes at Indianapolis on the weekend of 17-18 August. Redding carries a 23-point Moto2™ championship lead for Marc VDS Racing Team.

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