Chris Evans lays down breakfast show gauntlet to rival Chris Moyles

Chris Evans laid down the gauntlet to soon-to-be breakfast show rival Chris Moyles today, hinting it may be time for him to leave Radio 1.

Evans will take over the BBC Radio 2 breakfast show from Sir Terry Wogan next week, but said he wasn't worried about competing with Radio 1's early presenter for listeners.

Asked on ITV1's This Morning if Moyles, 36, should be running scared, Evans joked: "I don't think he can run scared can he? Not fast anyway, he might be jogging scared.

"No, the thing with me and Moyles is, we're on the same team. I don't think badly of the competition."

But he added: "I just want to know where he's going to go next because he's getting older and he's been there quite a few years now, and I just wonder what he's going to do next."

Moyles's most recent audience figures showed he was on 7.04 million listeners, while Wogan was heard by 7.75 million.

Some Wogan fans have been concerned that Evans, the former Don't Forget Your Toothbrush presenter who has hosted Radio 2's Drivetime slot since 2005, will be too young and outrageous in comparison.

But Evans, 43, insisted he is not worried.

He said: "Terry couldn't have been more gracious in the way he handed over to me. He invited me round for Sunday lunch after he'd finished the show with all his friends and family and he said to me 'Just be yourself'.

"And he's right, I have to be me, I can't dumb me down.

"Terry's average listener was 53 which is a lot younger than people think and my average listener is 51, which is a lot older than people think, so we just have to see how it goes."