Toby Moody: ‘I’m staying with Eurosport.’

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Popular commentator Toby Moody has confirmed he is staying with British Eurosport to voice its coverage of the 2009 MotoGP world championship.

Moody, who has commentated on MotoGP since 1996, will remain after British Eurosport’s 2009 MotoGP deal was finally confirmed today, one week after MCN first broke the story.

MCN understands Moody will partner Julian Ryder again, though there is no place for pitlane commentator and former racer Randy Mamola in this year’s line-up.

That’s because most of the races will be voiced by Moody and Ryder from British Eurosport’s UK headquarters in Middlesex and not on site at the track.

MCN understands Moody and Ryder will only commentate on three races at the track, which are going to be the Spanish, British and Portuguese races in Jerez, Donington Park and Estoril respectively.

Moody said: “I’m delighted to still be involved. MotoGP has been a big part of my life since 1996 and I’m really looking forward to continuing with British Eurosport.”

Moody also thanked fans for the level of support he received after Dorna controversially decided not to renew its Eurosport contract during the Dutch GP in Assen last June.

The decision outraged some fans and Moody added: “The support we have had in the last few months from fans has been overwhelming.”

British Eurosport will continue to show live coverage for the 125 and 250 races, while the MotoGP clash will be screened delayed, with the BBC holding the exclusive rights to show live coverage of the premier class race in the UK.

British Eurosport will also continue its extensive coverage of practice and qualifying from all three classes.

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt