Want to know what's happened to Toby, well here's the latest
We've had a lot of emails and you've been doing a lot of searching on Visordown trying to find out what Toby's up to and if we'll ever hear him on Eurosport MotoGP again.
Well the short answer is yes. When told that Eurosport was canning its MotoGP coverage because Dorna did not renew their contract, Toby and Julian were quickly in discussions with other broadcasting outlets, so when Eurosport announced they were going to be showing MotoGP, the likeable duo were already committed to other projects.
Recently, Toby was commentating at the Le Mans 24H car race and was also commentating on the Catalunya MotoGP for SPEED TV. We listened to his Le Mans commentary and thought it was excellent.
Toby and Julian will commentate for Eurosport MotoGP, but the pair opted to only commentate at rounds they could be at. So, with budget restrictions in place, Eurosport allowed the pair to nominate the rounds they want to go to, it's thought they've got the green light for 3 rounds in total, the Spanish, British and Portuguese races in Jerez, Donington Park and Estoril. They could add one more to the schedule too.
We know that Toby checks into Visordown, so Toby if you're reading this, fire us an update!
Well thats not what was said at the beginning of the year, or implied in the advert that said the guys were back ( the one with them commentating on the ducks) I appreciate that they have contracts but the whole point of all the petitions etc was to get the guys back on eurosport doing Moto gp. Surely contracts can be broken or paid out?? Im worried that people may switch to the BBC and then that will be the nail in the coffin for the eurosport coverage that i love. Carlton and James are making the effort but its not at the same level as before.
I only hope that the contracts are only for one year and worse case we are back to normal for 2010 (with randy too i hope!)
Posted: 18/06/2009 at 09:57
paddy#75 wrote (see)
Carlton and James are making the effort but its not at the same level as before.
Agreed. The new guys are doing the job competently, but they simply can't match the enthusiasm of Julian and Toby.
Imagine if it were J&T comentating on that last lap of Catalunya. That I would love to have heard.
Let's have them back full time for 2010 please, Eurosport.
Posted: 18/06/2009 at 10:17
Am I the only person in the world that couldn't give a stuff who commentates on a race?
As it happens I quite like the BBC coverage, particularly the stuff on the Red Button, and find it offers plenty of variety and before and after content. Ok so the commentators aren't brilliant but Parrish knows what he's talking about and I'd rather look at Suzy than Randy anyday of the week.
The fact that Idon't have the option of watching the Eurosport coverage may have something to do with my opinion I suppose but to be perfectly honest I don't want Ad breaks during the racing either. So the BBC gets my vote.
Now if Julian and Toby could be wangled into the mix at the Beeb maybe I'd see the benefit?
Posted: 18/06/2009 at 12:01
falcorob wrote (see)
As it happens I quite like the BBC coverage, particularly the stuff on the Red Button, and find it offers plenty of variety and before and after content.
Yes, the red button does have all the good interviews, stuff about the bikes and the 125/250s, but I can't Sky+ it, and I've often got stuff to do on Sundays! If the Beeb put it all on a proper channel that would be much better.
Parish does know what he's on about, but compared to the insanity of J&T, he's like listening to paint dry.
Posted: 18/06/2009 at 12:16
ewganhoff wrote (see)
falcorob wrote (see)As it happens I quite like the BBC coverage, particularly the stuff on the Red Button, and find it offers plenty of variety and before and after content.Yes, the red button does have all the good interviews, stuff about the bikes and the 125/250s, but I can't Sky+ it, and I've often got stuff to do on Sundays! If the Beeb put it all on a proper channel that would be much better.Parish does know what he's on about, but compared to the insanity of J&T, he's like listening to paint dry.
If you watch the Beeb through terrestial TV (digital) the red button has a couple of channels assigned to it which you can watch/record to your hearts content.
As for your other comment I can't argue due to not having seen the Eurosport coverage.
And I would still watch it on the Beeb due to then not having to put up with adverts.
Posted: 18/06/2009 at 12:23
They have taken the adverts out of the eurosport coverage now so its much better.
Posted: 18/06/2009 at 12:38
Posted: 18/06/2009 at 12:41
ewganhoff wrote (see)Parish does know what he's on about, but compared to the insanity of J&T, he's like listening to paint dry.If you watch the Beeb through terrestial TV (digital) the red button has a couple of channels assigned to it which you can watch/record to your hearts content.
The problem I have with some commentators is that they forget they are playing to an audience, and just come across as DULL! However, watching the recent TT coverage with Steve Parrish, I was pleasantly surprised, the guy does get enthusiastic and excited, obviously thats just not the beeb's way.The occassions when I've watched Moto GP on BBC, the commentary has helped to take the life out of it.
BRING BACK MURRAY!
I did think some of James Haydon's racer knowledge was excellent on Sunday, he correctly predicted the majority of passing moves - I was impressed anyway. I did think it would be good to have him with J&T commentating as well.
I was also of the impression that Toby & Julian would be missing 4 races this year, shame really.
oh, and you can't record terrestial digital TV (Or red button) on sky+
Posted: 18/06/2009 at 13:19
Only person I really miss is Randy, the man is a star who knew what he was talking about and very funny and interesting. Julian was pretty good and would like to see him back, Toby is a prize cock face with a mouth that runs far faster than his brain. Some of the new guys are crap but Toby is just horrible to listen to.
Posted: 18/06/2009 at 13:41
Posted: 18/06/2009 at 13:50
paddy#75 wrote (see)They have taken the adverts out of the eurosport coverage now so its much better.Cool. I still can't watch it due to having no satellite dish. I still think the best compromise would be for J&T to migrate to the Beeb. That way the majority of the country's biking populace could watch/enjoy their talents with no chance of Dorna pulling the plug anytime soon.
Posted: 18/06/2009 at 15:30
the BBC commentators in particular charlie cox are crap ! i have recorded all the races so far and watched one , this bloke does not know what he is talking about !
its nice to see one or two interviews with the riders but thats it for me !
eurosport is by far the best and hats off to James Haydon whose been doing a great job , when toby and julian have been doing other stuff. i miss the banter only that duo give us , they are great , and i miss randy doing the split times etc .
as for the red button shit , you got be in watching to see it , with sky + you can record everything go out on the bike come home and relax and watch it all
Posted: 21/06/2009 at 05:58
Back to the main issue here; Toby, Julian, Randy have careers to look after and mainly (as you and I would do) had to look after their income first of all. So last year, they made whatever plans they had to, to pay the bills and of course make sure they could still do what they love doing; viewing and commentating on motorsports for thier and our benefit.
For those that are now whinging that they (Toby Julian and Randy) should break or pay off those contracts that were secured last year..... grow up!
That is the curse of motorracing sports. Bad luck, disappointment and last minute changes and let-downs.
This is just another effect of the racing rollercoaster effect.
Start looking to next year and meantime, just look at the screen and enjoy what you are seeing!
Posted: 21/06/2009 at 10:33
I was really disappointed in the commentary on the first superbike race.
I won't spoil it but a lot of changing bikes etc, with no input on how much diffence this made to lap times, best time to change to avoid losing places etc. They really didn't seem to have a clue, I'd have been as well watching with the sound off.
I hate to say this but F1 does it so much better.
Posted: 21/06/2009 at 12:54
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