BT Sport has signed a five year deal for exclusive rights to show MotoGP and its support classes from 2014 onwards. The news brings an end to live free-to-air coverage for the sport with BBC losing their live rights and Eurosport’s coverage also coming to an end, in its current form at least.
In a statement published this morning, BT are promising full coverage of every session throughout a Grand Prix weekend, starting with Friday Practice and culminating with all three races on Sunday with BT also promising “more interactive features showing off the most technologically advanced bikes, giving UK fans a whole new MotoGP viewing experience, immersing them in every aspect of the Championship.”
Manuel Arroyo, Managing Director of Dorna Sports says, “We’re proud that MotoGP will be part of such a huge and exciting project as BT Sport. I’m sure that BT Sport will provide the in-depth coverage that MotoGP deserves and in turn MotoGP will provide the sporting drama and excitement to help launch BT Sport as a major player in the TV market. Our new partnership comes at the perfect time, with British riders flourishing in the Championship, and we look forward to our British fans being able to follow every single minute of the action.”
Meanwhile Head of BT Sport, Simon Green sees MotoGP as a great acquisition for the channel which launches this summer.
“The agreement with MotoGP is really exciting. We want BT Sport to offer a wide range of sports that appeal to many different audiences and MotoGP is a thrilling sport with a massive and committed fan base in the UK and Ireland.”
BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN will be available for free to existing BT Broadband or BT Infinity customers or alternatively, can be bought through satellite TV services for £12 per month (SD) or £15 per month (HD).