Archive for June, 2009

FIM Electric Motorcycle Race Series For 2010

Posted on June 25, 2009. Filed under: Sports |

Some exciting news from the world of motorsport emerged a short while ago – from the world of electric motorsport, to be precise: The FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) has decided to create a FIM Series for electric bikes in 2010. The idea builds up on the first ever TTXGP, which was held here on the Isle of Man during this year’s TT Races less than two weeks ago.

To some, the idea of motorsport without the smell of petrol, the noise of screaming combustion engines, or the view of grease covered mechanics in the paddock, might still seem a bit odd, if not completely alien. Thoughts of tiny electric cars come to mind, creeping through town and holding everyone up, or of white coat wearing professors riding these creations, rather than leather clad men who know how to race.

Well, having followed and watched the action from close up and when it happened, I can honestly assure you that nothing could be further from the truth. TTXGP really was a race, the bikes really went at some speed and the riders were real racers, leathers and all.

And just in case you are worried about the sound, don’t be: Having recognized that the engine sound is an important part of the experience, especially for spectators, a member of the Kingston University’s TTXGP team already mentioned that this can be taken care of – via a simple sound module. So not only could the bikes sound “real”, they could also sound like a different racebike every lap – Norton rotary first, Yamaha scream in the next, and Ducati thunder through the finish – now there’s a trick normal bikes can’t pull off…

So now we will look forward to the first ever electric bike race series next year. Will it ever be as big as MotoGP? Who knows, but the start into the zero carbon world of racing has been a good one, and now it’s down to those clever guys in the white coats to make the bikes faster and the batteries last longer. Looking at how fast technology is already advancing, I think it’s fair to say that it might well be the future of motorsport.

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Making an Effort?

Posted on June 25, 2009. Filed under: Industry News |

The BBC yesterday reported that outgoing Liverpool Football Club chief executive Rick Parry has been appointed to chair an expert panel on sports betting integrity. That in itself is good news, especially as the panel will comprise representatives from all the relevant fields, such as police, the betting industry, and of course the sports industry itself. Top level sports these days involves large amounts of money on all levels – and wherever there is money, there is temptation. So good to know that an increased effort is being made to keep a close eye on it.

Shortly after the BBC article was published, however, the Guardian reported that low staffing levels call the tennis authorities’ commitment to tackling match fixing into question. So while on the one hand increased efforts are being made to keep any sport as clean and honest as it can be these days, there is still room for improvement within at least one of the sports itself.

Surely the only way to instill confidence in fans & punters alike is for everyone involved to pull in the same direction, and to show real commitment and credible efforts whenever words like “corruption” or “match fixing” appear in the news again – or better: before they appear in the news again. As they say: it takes years to build up a reputation, and seconds to destroy it…

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Welcome to the Betinternet Blog

Posted on June 21, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Welcome to the new Betinternet Blog, where – over time – we’re planning to keep you up to date with everything surrounding Betinternet.com, stories and news from the industry, and plenty more.

For starters, a little bit about us:

Based in Douglas on the Isle of Man, betinternet.com plc was incorporated in May 1998 and commenced trading on the 5th October 1998.

As the business developed the company launched its website operation on March 17th 2000, using the URL www.betinternet.com, an easily identifiable brand name in all countries throughout the world.

The company became betinternet.com PLC when it was admitted to the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) on the 9th May 2000 trading under the BET code.

Since the launch of the website in March 2000, we have become a significant and respected player in the internet fixed-odds sports betting industry. Our website now has customers in over 130 countries and provides betting opportunities 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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