Sports data and integrity solutions provider Sportradar has agreed a multi-year integrity partnership with MotoGP, the premier motorcycle racing World Championship.
Starting in the 2017 season, the MotoGP, the Moto2 and the Moto3 series will be overseen by Sportradar’s Integrity Services, marking a first for motorsports.
Sportradar’s Fraud Detection System will monitor and analyse betting movements and patterns across all 54 races of the three year-long seasons, with each 18-race series visiting fourteen countries and four continents with pan-global television coverage.
“Prevention of any problem is always more prudent than cure and for sure betting related sport fixing is a problem,” said Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dornas, the Madrid-based rights owner of the MotoGP. “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, Sportradar’s managing director of integrity services, 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 stakeholders for the next few years and helping them keep MotoGP an example of best practice in the world of motorsports."