Fox Sports has signed a multiyear deal with Dorna Sports for
broadcast rights to motorcycle racing series, the MotoGP World
Championship, with races to air on Speed and the newly announced,
multisport Fox Sports 1 in 2013.
new deal, continuing a successful relationship that began
on Speed in 1997, when the series was known as the FIM World
GP 500, also includes coverage of Moto2 and Moto3, as well
as expanded digital rights.
with three events in the U.S. in 2013, is highlighted during
the high-profile Fox Sports 1 August launch weekend, with
the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix scheduled for 18 August
as one of the first live events on the new network.
an international event lineup that includes three U.S. stops,
MotoGP brings an immediate world class motor sports presence
to the Fox Sports 1 lineup," said Fox Sports EVP Programming
& Research Bill Wanger. "Having the race from iconic
Indianapolis Motor Speedway fall on our FS1 launch weekend
is a bonus, and one of which we plan to take full advantage."
very proud of this new agreement with Fox Sports and we
are looking forward to being part of this huge project that
is Fox Sports 1. Through this agreement, MotoGP will continue
to be watched by our extensive American fan base, via Speed
until August and from then on, via the new Fox Sports 1
channel. Our 15 year partnership is arriving now to a very
exciting MotoGP season with 3 GPs on U.S. soil and the promise
of some thrilling action on track. We will deliver the very
highest standard of TV coverage of the Championship, using
the latest production technologies, which is what our fans
in the U.S. and around the world and also our Global media
partners like the Fox Sports Group, deserve," declared
Dorna MD of the Media Area Manel Arroyo.
Sports Media Group (FSMG) had earlier this month launched
Fox Sports 1 as a national, multi-sport network with which
it planned to take on Walt Disney's ESPN. The new channel,
set to debut on 17 August, will coincide with Fox Sports'