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Will motorcycle TV coverage in the US continue to suck? What you can do

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Old 07-20-2007   #1
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Default Will motorcycle TV coverage in the US continue to suck? What you can do

This weekend the USGP will be bringing the world’s fastest bikes and most talented riders to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca once again. And once again, U.S. television coverage of this most exciting motorcycle event will be lame at best.

TV Moto would like to be at the track, bringing you the best action, commentary, pit interviews and behind-the-scenes stories, but Dorna Sports, the Spanish company that controls MotoGP, has refused to do business with us and has continued to censor our original 30-minute documentary on the return of the USGP in 2005.

Dorna even got YouTube to pull the show on a copyright claim, despite the fact that thousands of other copyrighted MotoGP clips are currently posted by other YouTube users.

TV Moto has tried several times to work with Dorna to promote motorcycle grand prix racing in the U.S. Unfortunately, Dorna doesn’t seem to have any appreciation or respect for MotoGP’s American audience. They misled us; blocked our efforts to work with Laguna Seca, Yamaha and Red Bull; and then literally stole our proposal for a television time buy on ABC in 2006. Red Bull tried to help us out, but Dorna wouldn’t play ball no matter what.

As uncooperative as Dorna was, Speed TV was the most pathetic—we offered them The Return of the USGP for FREE as a pre-race show and Speed couldn’t even get it together enough to respond until a month after the race! This, my friends, is the sad state of motorcycle TV in America. This is why we have to do something, now.


The only way to create quality motorcycle television is with the support of motorcycle fans like you. We have begun a grassroots campaign to show the networks, manufacturers and race management companies that the people want more and better motorcycle programming. You want to see all the action as well as top-quality commentary, background stories and interviews.

And not just for racing but for all things motorcycle—we know you want exciting, well-written shows that cover the newest bikes and gear, travel, lifestyle, stunting, tips, custom bikes, amateur and pro competition of every sort, kids and bikes, training, and more. We know you want it because we want it. We at TV Moto are video production professionals with years of experience and a passion for motorcycles.

We’ve posted demos of a few of our projects-in-development, including a dirtbike training video for young kids, a training project with Danny Walker of American Supercamp, and out-takes from a recent shoot with the TV Moto girls. We’ll be posting interview clips with Kenny Roberts, Sr., Wayne Rainey, Nicky Hayden, and other greats in coming weeks. A World Superbike review, moto-travelog and motorcycle magazine show are also in the works. You deserve better than Two Wheel Tuesday (no wonder it died).

Plus, TV Moto is currently in discussion with a major regional online motorcycle forum about joining forces to create the mother of all motorcycle web portals.

Be a part of this grassroots movement to build a great motorcycle TV network. Help us show the powers-that-be that the public wants high-quality, intelligent motorcycle programming. We want to build a network that responds to you and your interests, not to MBA beancounters and corporate wonks. And we need your help to succeed.


The first step is to view our shows on YouTube, comment, rate them and, if you like what you see, share the link with your friends.

The next step is to join the TV Moto mailing list so that we can keep you in the loop and get your feedback. We aren’t selling anything. The TV Moto Nation is a democracy, and we want to hear from you!

While you’re there, watch Return of the USGP. It’s a half-hour documentary on grand prix racing’s return to the United States in 2005—packed with action footage, historical info, and interviews with all the American champions. A great way to get stoked for Sunday, and you can watch it for free! Here’s the password. Pass it around!

click “View Video”
username: redbull
password: demo

TV Moto is by motorcyclists, for motorcyclists, and about motorcyclists and the machines that thrill us. Pompous, greedy management companies and the big networks don’t get it—and what’s worse, they don’t care. Don’t be denied the full-throttle excitement of the world’s fastest bikes any longer! Join the TV Moto Nation today!

Thank you for your continuing support.

And please, do let us know what you think about motorcycle programming on TV and how it could be better. The opinions of real motorcycle fans are the only ratings that matter to us.

TV Moto

PS. Here's a preview of the tasty extras to come on the website. This pic is from a recent shoot with the gorgeous TV Moto girls.
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