Courtesy of FIM Speedway Grand Prix
NEW SPEEDWAY SHOW LAUNCHED FOR 2020
Brand new speedway magazine show Talking Dirt – Fuelled by Monster Energy will be coming to social media every Saturday throughout this season’s FIM Speedway World Championship weekends.
Launching on Saturday, August 29 at 17:00 UK / 18:00 CET, Talking Dirt will be hosted by FIM Speedway Grand Prix commentary duo Nigel Pearson and Kelvin Tatum, with SGP reporter Kiri Bloore reporting from trackside.
It will be broadcasted on Speedway GP’s Facebook and YouTube platforms on the Saturday night of every SGP weekend, as well as on Saturday, October 25 from the Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations Final in Manchester.
The show will feature the best of Friday night’s racing with a look ahead to Saturday’s event, with four-time world champion Greg Hancock and Aussie icon Darcy Ward both set to make appearances.
There will be technical insight with Tatum’s Tech Talk, featuring Scott Nicholls, as well as speedway news from around the globe and exclusive SGP and Monster Energy prizes up for grabs.
Paul Bellamy, Senior Vice President of Motorsports Events at IMG, hopes the show will offer the sport something unique.
He said: “It’s a 30-minute show leading into the live racing. Broadcasters and fans want more than live action. They want to get behind the scenes and understand what’s going on. This is what we’re going to offer them and I’m really excited about it.
“It’s not just a magazine show for speedway. It goes beyond that. It’s not just talking about the racing. It talks about the sport, the challenges and how we move the sport forward.”
The show will also go behind-the-scenes at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, where maintaining training pitches and speedway tracks have more in common than you would think.
Talking Dirt is fuelled by long-time SGP sponsors Monster Energy and Bellamy believes the show will offer them the perfect vehicle to reach speedway fans around the world in a year when travel is restricted and crowd numbers at live sports events are limited.
“Sponsorship has had to change beyond recognition,” Bellamy added. “Sponsors – and certainly Monster Energy – have been used to being active on site with autograph sessions and rig riots. That has all changed.
“Covid-19 has given us the opportunity to do this, if you like. I feel this is going to be the way forward, working with sponsors and producing unique content like this.”
Don’t miss the first episode of Talking Dirt – Fuelled by Monster Energy on Saturday, August 29 from 17:00 UK / 18:00 CET.