MotoGP: Doyle set to leave BT Sport coverage

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TV presenter Craig Doyle will step down from his role as one of BT Sport’s MotoGP hosts at the end of the 2018 season, with the Irishman stepping away from motorsport to concentrate on his rugby commitments with the broadcaster.

Part of BT Sport’s team since the launch of the channel, he’s worked part time in MotoGP since 2015, running their coverage for a third of the season’s races and alternating with fellow presenter Suzi Perry. However, with ever-increasing rugby commitments as BT Sport ups their involvement in that sport (and take on the sole UK broadcast rights for the Heineken Cup), Doyle will now see out the 2018 season before stepping down.

It means that he’ll now not appear on motorsports fans TVs at all, with him also having no role any more in ITV4’s Isle of Man TT coverage after a change in production company for this year’s races.

The news comes twelve months after the departure of long time commentator Julian Ryder, who stepped down at the end of the 2018 season. However, with Perry joined by Neil Hodgson, James Toseland, Keith Huewan and Gavin Emmett (as well as expert analysts Colin Edwards and Michael Laverty), they retain one of the strongest presenter line ups in the paddock.

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer