While out searching for industry news that might help ease the stress of the late arrival of Spring, K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) found this news release and wanted to share it. It seems for those of us that aren’t fortunate enough to any of the 3 Moto GP’s, Fox Sports has gone to bat for us and secured broadcast rights to all 3 events for the next 3 years. The Triple Crown of Motorcycle Racing in the U.S. Please read and let everyone you know bask in the great news.
– FOX Sports has signed a multi-year deal with Dorna Sports for broadcast rights to the world’s most prestigious motorcycle racing series, the Moto GP World Championship, with races to air on SPEED and the newly announced, multi-sport FOX Sports 1 in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Moto GP, 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 August 18 as one of the first live events on the new network.
“With an international event lineup that includes three U.S. stops, Moto GP brings an immediate world class motor sports presence to the FOX Sports 1 lineup,” said Bill Wanger, E-VP Programming & Research for FOX Sports. “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, Moto GP will continue to be watched by our extensive American fan base, via the Speed channel until August and from then on, via the new Fox Sports 1 channel. Our 15 year partnership is arriving now to a very exciting Moto GP season with 3 GP’s 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 Manel Arroyo, Managing Director of the Media Area at Dorna.
The season opens April 7 on SPEED with the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar. Other U.S. highlights include the second event of the season, the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas inaugural series event at newly built Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on April 21 and a return to Laguna Seca for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix on July 21.
Coverage from Austin includes qualifying on April 20 at 9 p.m. ET; race coverage, including pre-race activities begins at 2:30 p.m. ET on April 21. On-board camera access is available on SPEED.com for all U.S. rounds, with qualifying practice sessions on SPEED2.
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.
K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) is extremely happy with the recent announcement and wishes the best of luck to everyone involved. Make us proud Fox Sports!