MotoGP makes an Impact

Race fans have a new way to communicate

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Apr. 11, 2008
Motorcycle Grand Prix racing fans have a brand new way to stay connected with each other thanks to a newly launched section of MotoGP’s website.

MotoGP Impact brings together Instant Messenger (IM), Internet telephone and text messaging under the MotoGP brand. Fans will be able to contact each other and participate in competitions and chats with racing teams and riders.

MotoGP Impact is compatible with popular IM software, including MSN, Yahoo Messenger, AIM and ICQ, allowing users to communicate with each other regardless of which IM software they use.

As well, Internet telephone calls between fellow MotoGP Impact users are free, allowing users to talk to people around the world without paying long distance fees. A video calling system is also in the works and will be launched later this summer. Video calling will also be free between MotoGP Impact users.

“We are very excited about MotoGP Impact. It represents a groundbreaking approach for motorsport and MotoGP in general,” says Manel Arroyo, managing director of Dorna Sports S.L., the commercial rights holder of MotoGP. “Our teams and our sponsors will be able to interact with our fans, who will be able to get a real added buzz out of the series, as well as saving themselves money.”

The MotoGP Impact software was developed by Global e Networks, an Internet communications company based in London, England.

“MotoGP Impact will take an offline community that is huge and globally spread, and convert it into an online community that offers real benefits to the fans, teams, sponsors and the MotoGP series itself,” says Andy Brown, chief executive officer of Global e Networks.

Users can download the MotoGP software for free from http://impact.motogp.com/ and then register for an account.

MotoGP’s main site, http://www.motogp.com/, will also be undergoing a facelift. The site, which attracts 24 million hits each month, will have a new look and will include features such as live timing of. Visitors can get a preview of the new design at http://beta.motogp.com/.