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BT Sport to continue as UK’s home of MotoGP until 2021

MotoGP coverage in the UK and Ireland will continue on BT Sport for three more years

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BT Sport has today confirmed that it has signed a new three-year contract to continue as the exclusive home of MotoGP for the UK and Ireland.

The broadcaster has done a superb job with their MotoGP coverage since BT Sport’s launch in 2013, delivering comprehensive coverage of all three classes of the sport – MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3.

And now they have been rewarded with a new three-year extension that will see the channel continue as the home of the sport until 2021.

From a fan point of view, the continuity is welcome, as it means they won’t have to chop and change TV packages in order to get their MotoGP fix.

And from a quality point of view it’s been great to see an entertaining mix of presenters, commentators and pundits coming together to form a team that really helps bring the fans on board throughout the season.

The entirety of the 19-round world championship season will be shown live, with coverage of every day of every MotoGP weekend, from the free practices on Friday to qualifying on Saturday to race day on Sunday, across all three classes, MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3. It all amounts to around 20 hours of live coverage each MotoGP weekend.

A press release from MotoGP and BT Sport announcing the deal also revealed that the channel will also showcase the best up-and-coming talend from the inaugural British Talent Cup, a new series formulate to help develop the next generation of British racing talent to follow in the footsteps of current British MotoGP stars Cal Crutchlow, Scott Redding and Bradley Smith.

Official Quotes

“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.”

Andy Haworth, BT Managing Director of Content and Strategy

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“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.”

Manel Arroyo, Managing Director at Dorna Sports

DISCLOSURE: I used to work on BT Sport’s MotoGP coverage for the first couple of years of the deal. From a personal point of view it’s great to see the deal get renewed. As well as someone who loved working on the digital side of BT Sport’s MotoGP coverage while I was there, I’ve become a huge fan of how the coverage has evolved and expanded over the years.

Freelance sports writer and MMA reporter with 19 years’ experience in the UK national media. News Editor: ONE Championship. UFC/MMA Reporter: BBC Three. International MMA Reporter: The Fight Nation. Contributor: MMAjunkie.

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