In what is quickly turning into a year of bizarre decisions, Toby Moody has confirmed today on Twitter that he will not be part of BT Sport’s MotoGP team this season.
Moody, writing in a series of tweets, said “I wanted you to hear direct from me that I will not part of the UK commentary line-up for MotoGP in 2014. I’ve worked on MotoGP for 18 years, something I’m very proud of. I’ll still be around so will see more great racing. I will return to a TV screen near you very soon; you guys will know first when I do. Thank you for all your support. Plenty of voice left!”
What this does mean is that a BT Sport official line up announcement is presumably pretty imminent, although as with all of these things, a date has not been announced beforehand. I assume BT had the final say, rather than Moody ruling himself out. If that is the case, then it is immensely disappointing to see that someone else has been chosen over Moody. However, there could be mitigating circumstances. In the past few seasons, Moody has not commentated on every single race for Eurosport. BT Sport may well have been looking for someone to commit to every weekend, of which Moody was unwilling to do. I don’t know, I’m just speculating there, because I can’t think of any other logical reason for someone else to be chosen over Moody.
I think this announcement means that we are getting either Charlie Cox and Steve Parish as commentators, or Julian Ryder alongside Keith Huewen. I could probably flip a coin here and guess, but I have no idea which pair it could be. The view points here suggest that Ryder and Moody were high up on people’s list, including mine. Ryder and Huewen have been commentators together back in the early 1990s, on Sky.