BIKER nuts must envy Matt Roberts.
The former Huddersfield student has landed a dream job – presenting BBC TV coverage of this season’s tremendous MotoGP race programme.
He was in Qatar when the new season kicked off and in two weeks time will fly to Japan.
Television viewers will recognise Matt Roberts, a former All Saints High School pupil, as last-season’s pit-lane reporter, but now Matt is the main presenter.
Former host Suzi Perry will still present the European rounds, but Matt will take over for all rounds outside Europe.
“It’s a bit different to pit-lane reporting,” said Matt.
“If I’m interviewing someone or talking to Suzi from the pit-lane then I’m not really thinking about the camera, but with presenting I’m talking straight to it and the people back home and I’m a bit nervous about that.”
Matt, who also attended Greenhead College and Huddersfield University, will feature in preview shows as well as on race days.
In his first preview show Matt interviewed reigning champion Valentino Rossi over a game of table football.
“I told Rossi beforehand that I was playing with my dream strike force of Gerrard, Gascoigne and Andy Booth.
“He picked up on this and in the interview said that after Ibrahimovic, Andy Booth is the number two striker in the world.”
MotoGP is the Formula 1 of motorbike racing.
Italian Rossi will be going for his seventh title this year but faces stiff competition from 2007 champion Casey Stoner and former World Superbike champion Yorkshireman James Toseland, who was sixth in Qatar last year on his MotoGP debut.
“I wasn’t a massive fan before I got a job working on MotoGP, but I absolutely love it now.
“It’s one of those sports where the more you learn about it and get involved in it, the more you love it.”
Thirty-one-year-old Matt began working in MotoGP in 2000 when he netted a job with Dorna, holders of the global MotoGP rights, commentating on their world feed, which was broadcast in Australia, Africa and Asia.
He made his BBC debut in March 2006 reporting from the pit-lane and now works freelance mainly for the BBC on MotoGP and also appears on Football Focus.
He lived in Barcelona until last year when he moved back home to get married to Jane Wilson, also from Huddersfield and a teacher at St Patrick’s Primary School in Birkby, where Matt attended and made his first public performance in a Christmas production of Cinderella.