Industry news: BT Sport to continue as the home of MotoGP until 2021
BT Sport has signed a new three-year deal to continue as the exclusive live broadcaster of MotoGP™ in the UK and Ireland until the end of the 2021 season. Fans of the world’s fastest motorcycle racing Championship will once again be able to enjoy every minute of the action across race weekends, with BT Sport broadcasting all 19 Grands Prix from around the world. Every practice, qualifying session and race for MotoGP™, Moto2™ and Moto3™ will be hosted live from the circuit, making sure fans get the best of the sport over an incredible twenty hours of exclusively live, thrilling coverage across each race weekend.
BT Sport will also show and profile some of the up and coming young talent from the first British Talent Cup, which begins in 2018 and is designed as a stepping-stone for young riders to get onto the world stage. Part of the Road to MotoGP™ program, the BTC aims to take talent from the British Isles to the top.
Andy Haworth, BT managing director of content and strategy, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to continue as the home of MotoGP in the UK and Ireland. Over the past four seasons we have given MotoGP fans the very best race coverage ever seen on TV in the UK. We have a fantastic team working on MotoGP, Suzi Perry, Craig Doyle, Colin Edwards, Neil Hodgson, James Toseland, Keith Huewen, Gavin Emmett and a big welcome to Michael Laverty who will be joining the BT Sport team. The team will bring every single minute of the action from this fantastic sport to our viewers for another four seasons.”
Manel Arroyo, Managing Director at Dorna Sports, commented: “We are delighted to have extended our agreement with BT Sport for another three years. During our current agreement with BT Sport, MotoGP fans in the UK and Ireland have been treated to live coverage of all sessions of all Grands Prix on the BT Sport channels, with a fantastic team of presenters onsite to bring all the behind the scenes news and action from the paddock. We look forward to BT Sport continuing to provide fans in the British Isles with such high quality coverage of the Championship during the 2019 – 2021 seasons, as well as their promotion of the MotoGP World Championship to a wider audience.
“We also look forward to cooperating with BT Sport around the newly launched British Talent Cup, which will debut in 2018. This is an example of BT Sport and Dorna working together to support and develop young riders from the British Isles in the first step on their journey towards the MotoGP World Championship.”
Now the countdown is on for the first race of the 2018 MotoGP™ season in Qatar in March, with 19 races ready and waiting for the engines to fire up – and the British Talent Cup making its debut not long after.