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View Poll Results: Simon for 2019???
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July 18th, 2018, 11:30 AM   #11
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I thought Jodie Kidd was pretty poor for the TT this year. Steve Plater and Cam Donald are great though. In the GPs James Toseland is very good at getting into the garages and giving technical insights.
Yeah the most important thing for anybody involved in bringing a sport to the viewers is to actually do some research, especially when you're new to the sport like Jodie is and I think she failed massively there BUT this new look team was always going to be up against it since they broke up a long term team of presenters/commentators who were very popular with fans. Matt Roberts attempts at a grid walk were atrocious but that's not his forte, he's a presenter and a bloody good one but he looked amateurish dithering around on the grid there.
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July 18th, 2018, 12:11 PM   #12
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In fairness I expect the odd mistake in live broadcasting(look at Murray Walker) but in any sport they promote former pros to analytical roles when they lack the knowledge to analyse things.

One of my favourite things in bike racing is when a new female presenter is announced and on the various forums and social media platforms they go "does she even ride?" like it makes a difference, Suzi Perry rides bikes and she's shit.
Walker-isms were hilarious. Was always funny when he would be full roll and his partner couldn't even correct him. Loved the guy though. His voice was iconic and he was always filled with enthusiasm over the races. Could make the dullest race watchable.
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July 18th, 2018, 12:27 PM   #13
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Walker-isms were hilarious. Was always funny when he would be full roll and his partner couldn't even correct him. Loved the guy though. His voice was iconic and he was always filled with enthusiasm over the races. Could make the dullest race watchable.
I always love the one when he pointed out that the first 3 cars were all Ford Escorts then remembered he was commentating on the Ford Escort Cup race.
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I always love the one when he pointed out that the first 3 cars were all Ford Escorts then remembered he was commentating on the Ford Escort Cup race.
Good old Murray.
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July 19th, 2018, 07:31 AM   #15
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He started off very rough and I said as much here, but he has grown on me in the past few races. There’s something very likeable about him.
second this. he has really grown on me
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July 19th, 2018, 07:46 AM   #16
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second this. he has really grown on me
Me too - He was admittedly awful at the outset, but he is getting better week by week (He's never going to be Dylan Grey though).

I do like his insights and the interviews he manages to get throughout the practice/qualifying sessions, although if you're only watching the race then you'll never hear them.

I also like it when he corrects the guy commenting alongside Matt Birt, god than man is fucking annoying (so much so I'm refusing to commit his name to memory)!

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July 19th, 2018, 11:01 AM   #17
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I like Amy Dargan. She replaced Simon a few months ago. I also think Simon is improving at least.

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July 19th, 2018, 06:13 PM   #18
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Good old Murray.
I loved Murray. His enthusiasm was palpable and infectious, and the Murrayisms were when he got carried away and were endearing in any case.

If you have ever heard an interview with him outside of his race calling he is an erudite and accomplished man, as opposed to Nick Harris imo. I think he might have done some bike racing commentary earlier in his career as well.
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July 19th, 2018, 10:32 PM   #19
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I loved Murray. His enthusiasm was palpable and infectious, and the Murrayisms were when he got carried away and were endearing in any case.

If you have ever heard an interview with him outside of his race calling he is an erudite and accomplished man, as opposed to Nick Harris imo. I think he might have done some bike racing commentary earlier in his career as well.
Yep, he was born into it, his father Graham was an IOM TT winner, Murray briefly raced motorbikes himself, then started commentating on hillclimb events before becoming a TT commentator on Manx Radio, he became F1 commentator in the 1970's but there's hardly a motorsport he never commentated on, he covered Rallycross, Motocross, Rallying, GP Motorcycling, Touring Cars. The man's an encyclopedia of motorsport, he's probably forgotten more than I'll ever know.
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He started off very rough and I said as much here, but he has grown on me in the past few races. There’s something very likeable about him.
He's getting better but he's not Dylan Gray
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