BT Sport gets MotoGP: Free to BT broadband customers

By Marc Potter
marcpotter Tested every new bike since 1994, loves anything on two wheels, runs Potski Media, ex-BikeSocial boss. Recently discovered elbow-down riding - likely to end in tears.

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Three weeks ago Bike Social was the first to break the story that BT Sport would be screening MotoGP next year. This morning it was officially announced that BT Sport have exclusive rights to MotoGP for a five year deal starting in 2014.

The firm also revealed that MotoGP would be screened free to BT broadband customers and that you will be able to watch on board from different riders.

Bike Social has it on good authority that Keith Huewen is lined up to be one of the main commentators of the show.

The makers of the Isle of Man TT coverage, North One, are believed to be the production company behind the coverage.

The official press release, revealed just minutes ago says:

"The five-year agreement will see MotoGP in the line-up of top sports on the new BT Sport channels. Motorcycle racing’s premier Championship will be part of BT Sport alongside other great sport, including Barclays Premier League and Aviva Premiership Rugby.

MotoGP fans won’t miss a minute of the action as race weekends will be covered in full starting from the free practices on the Friday and including full coverage of Moto2 and Moto3 as well as the elite category MotoGP.

Coverage will be hosted on-site with additional studio coverage from BT Sport’s state of the art facilities at the Olympic Park in Stratford, East London.

Fans will also be able to see races from the riders’ perspective and with 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.

The MotoGP line up will also feature additional motorcycle-related programming in between Grand Prix weekends.

BT Vision and YouView viewers will be able to catch up on any live action they miss as BT Sport will make the programming available on demand, on television and on digital.

Manel Arroyo, Dorna Sports, Managing Director, said: “We’re proud that MotoGP will be part of such a huge and exciting project as BT Sport.”

 

Simon Green, Head of BT Sport, added: “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.”

 

 

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