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UPDATED: Franco Uncini crashes BMW Safety car at Jerez

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Former World Champion loses control in warm-up.

You know how it is. Someone asks you if you’d like to take control of a safety car during the MotoGP so of course you say ‘yes’.

You know that you’re a good racer – you once won the world championship with Suzuki in 1982 – so why wouldn’t you take up the opportunity to take out BMW’s specially prepared M5 safety car in front of over 100,000 expectant fans at the Circuito de Jerez?

The answer to that questions is ‘turn 5 at Jerez’…

 

This is why you always take a deep breath before taking up an offer like that.

Luckily, 62 year-old Uncini is said to be unhurt and suffered just a few bruises and a little bit of dented pride.

The reports from the BMW garage with regards to the car aren’t quite as hopeful.

Ouch.

UPDATE:
As mentioned within the comments section below from his daughter Ludovica, it appears that Franco Uncini – despite earlier reports – was taken to hospital and has suffered ‘broken bones’.
We would like to extend our best wishes to Franco and his family, and wish him a speedy recovery.

 

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BT Sport extend UK MotoGP TV deal until 2021

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British telecoms provider and sports broadcaster extend their live TV deal for another three years.

The subscription-only sports broadcaster took over the rights to show MotoGP on UK TV screens from the BBC back in 2014 and have been hugely impressive in their commitment to the motorcycling premier class and the breadth of their coverage.

Now, thanks to an extension of the deal, BT Sport will continue to show complete coverage of each MotoGP round for the 2019, 2020 and 2021 seasons.

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Motorsport veteran and former BBC F1 presenter Suzi Perry will continue to front the show, alongside Craig Doyle, whilst Colin Edwards and James Toseland will remain onboard as pundits.

New to the line-up for 2018 will be ex-GP racer Michael Laverty as third foil for Edwards and Toseland whilst the retiring Julian Ryder will be replaced in the commentary box by former World Superbike champion – and current BT Sport presenter – Neil Hodgson.

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Honda’s new livery is the same as last years! Can we expect similar looking results from Marquez too?

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Honda 2018 RC213V revealed with near-identical livery to their dominating machine of previous years.

After dominating the recent pre-season tests in Thailand – and let’s be honest – the last few years of the MotoGP championship, Honda revealed their 2018 GP livery in Jakarta today.

And it is almost exactly the same as every other year…

…which bodes well for the Honda team and their precision-like consistency; whilst probably annoying everybody else with their predictability.

From a racing point of view, we’re confident that we can be ready to fight for the title again, because our engineers in Japan made a big effort this winter and our riders are ready.

We know that our competitors will also be strong, and that they’ve taken some steps forward, but we expect a thrilling season – Alberto Puig, Team Manager

Not known to take major risks, the team would appear to be more focused on gaining Marc Marquez his fifth world title – after his stunning win last year – than winning any livery design competitions. And let’s not forget that Pedrosa will almost certainly want to build on his two race wins and fourth place championship finish last year.

Not long now… Excited yet?

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