MUMBAI: 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.
The 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.
MotoGP, 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.
"With 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."
"We‘re 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.
Fox 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‘ 20th anniversary.