MotoGP has become the first motorsport to partner with Sportradar Integrity Services in a new deal to reduce sport fixing and raise awareness.
[dropcap]M[/dropcap]otoGP has confirmed it will become the first motorsport to sign a deal with Sportradar Integrity Services for a multi-year integrity partnership.
The agreement will see Sportradar providing a range of services using its award winning Fraud Detection System to monitor and analyse betting across the MotoGP, the Moto2 and the Moto3 seasons.
Sportradar will provide support across all 54 races over the three seasons and will also deliver five Education and Prevention Workshops, as well as providing an e-learning program for all riders and teams.
Commenting on why MotoGP has partnered with Sportradar, Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports, commercial rights holder of MotoGP, said: “Prevention of any problem is always more prudent than cure and for sure betting related sport fixing is a problem. It is a problem that thankfully has not hit our sport but it is one that is causing real concern across other sports worldwide. We do not want to get to the point where we are remedying a problem that has encroached onto motorcycle racing, if we can avoid it by being proactive and resolute. This is what this partnership is about: about education, about deterrence and about defences.”
Andreas Krannich, Managing Director Integrity Services at Sportradar added: “We do speak to sports who feel distant or immune to the problem of fixing. That is not MotoGP’s stance. They have been inquisitive, invested and definitive. They have sought the full suite of our Integrity Services to ensure that no stone is left unturned and that no compromises are made. We look forward to working with them and their stakeholder for the next few years and helping them keep MotoGP an example of best practice in the world of motorsports.”