BT Sport confirmed for MotoGP deal

Eurosport and BBC lose out. But what does it mean for you?

Posted: 9 May 2013
by Visordown News

IT’S been confirmed that BT Sport will have the rights to MotoGP coverage next year – leaving existing channels and their viewers potentially out in the cold.

As we suggested here, the deal will see Eurosport and the BBC lose their rights to live MotoGP coverage for all three classes. And it means unless you’ve got access to BT Sport – either through BT Vision or Sky, although Virgin is also expected to do a deal – there may be no way of watching live GP coverage. Whatever your solution, it’s unlikely to be free.

Here’s BT Sport’s official line:

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.”

This is British Eurosport’s reaction to the deal:

British Eurosport is disappointed that MotoGP series rights holder Dorna has decided to change its strategy from 2014 onwards in the UK

We are proud to have covered MotoGP for many years and thank our respected commentary team of Toby Moody, Julian Ryder, Neil Spalding and Steve Day along with the team behind the scenes for making that coverage so popular with bike fans.

At British Eurosport we are passionate supporters of motorcycle racing and it continues to be a cornerstone of the channel's output. In 2013, we added the Speedway European Championships and FIM Speedway Grand Prix to our offer of the MCE British Superbikes and World Superbike Championship. We will show every round of these four series live, in full and in HD until at least 2015 and we hold the exclusive live rights to those series in the UK.

The BBC said:

We believe that we have brought the sport to a new, wider audience. We would like to thank our production teams for the contribution they have made in raising the profile of the sport in the UK.

We are very proud of our Moto GP coverage and submitted a competitive bid to retain the broadcasting rights beyond our current contract. We will continue to bring great content to our audiences for the rest of this season.

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This cannot be good news for motorcycle sport, how will BT ever match the two million viewing figures of the bbc?
Audiences will drop and so will the number of fans

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 19:55

Just as the sport was on the up, dorna sell out to a brand that will no doubt give a long drawn out characterless presentation and analysis of a sport we loved. I have been a huge gp fan since the year 2000, more specifically from donington 2000 where the first race I watched was that amazing 250 classic. It was made all the more outstanding because of the wonderful commentary. I believe the eurosport set up was and still is THE benchmark. I honestly think that this will be the downfall of the sport in the UK, but then again I'm sure dorna would like to squeeze in another round in spain....

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 19:58

Oh well, another nail in MOTO GP coffin in the UK. Shame really the BBC and Eurosport were doing really well with it.

On a side note did i read somewhere that WSB was sold to the parent company of MOTO GP as well ?

Still i will be dammed if they think i am going to pay £5 to watch a MOTO GP race. Live stream and highlight shows if i can even be bothered.

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 20:11

Well thats shot the fox !!

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 20:45

Eurosport is shit! I still have Laguna Seca 2008, Rossi against Stoner, where Eurtosport put commercial breaks in the race. One of the overtakings was swallowed by commercials for wristwatch.

Anyone experienced eurosport moving the schedule without telling you? Eurosport can go burn somewhere.

BBC? Much better, but I'm sure there is loads of old racers who can shout in a microphone, telling us what we are seeing on the telly. BT wants their money back and need viewers. They'll be alright! Don't worry. It'll be better.

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 07:03

Oh, Dorna, you're eating the goose that lays the golden eggs one foot and wing at a time.

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 09:01

That,s MOTOGP f##ked in the UK then. Well done Dorna good business move (Golf Clap)

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 10:09

It would seem that BT were prepared to pay more than the BBC, so it makes complete sense for Dorna to take the highest offer. Doesn't it? So for Dorna, it's a good business move. It's up to BT now to make a return on their investment.

Only time will tell if they can pull that off.

You never know dudes, there is a chance that they might just do a good job with it.

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 11:45

BT could bid higher as they intend to screw us a bit harder...

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 12:12

As much as I will miss motogp on BBC or Eurosport.
look at what has happened with F1 on Sky.

Sky is more popular than BBC as they show more coverage. I am guessing this is the thinking behind the BT purchase, I hope they hire on some of the BBC and eurosport staff to do their coverage. I love the comments between Matt Roberts and Cal Crutchlow.

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 12:49

Listen: How many countries watch motogp? A lot.

Do you think everyone in those countries want to keep their commentators?

Of course!

Who's right?

One year from now you will say that the new ones are great!
(the one you have now where once the new and unwanted)

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 14:19

No its a bad business move, no one will be watching it so no one will be bothered to go to silverstone or assen or buy merchandise. The teams wont get coverage and so in turn you wont see so many R1 riders in rossi helmets or ducati rider with their matching ducati leathers (Though to be fair that isn't a bad thing lol) all around its bad business sense in my book and more to the point its sticking 2 fingers up to the fans that make the sport so lucrative in the first place.

Posted: 11/05/2013 at 00:17

The coverage on satellite channels may be whizzier but it's not always better. Sky F1 is so drawn out and dull with the commentators 'building up' the race by wittering on about tyres for hours and hours. yawn.
I have gotten into MotoGP over the last year or so because it was on the BBC. I don't have Sky, won't be getting it, and can only see MotoGP's audience diminish, which is the complete opposite of what a TV deal is meant to do. They don't need more money, they need more viewers.
oh well. With the BBC losing F1 and MotoGP, my Sundays will be much more productive!

Posted: 11/05/2013 at 17:38

Well done Dorna

Sell out to a company that no one subscribes to.
Just as we'd got a credible UK presence in the series, and no one will be able to see them in action.
But hey, when did the fans interest ever get in the way of a good business deal !

Posted: 11/05/2013 at 21:38

Lots of negative comments but there could be some positives as well. When was the last time a British rider was on machinery capable of winning? A long time ago that's when.

I assume that BT have poured more money into the pot than the BBC and therefore want to see a return on their investment and that means more people like us paying to see MotoGP. And that, ladies and gentlemen, could be a good thing, because we are more likely to tune in if a British rider is on top class machinery in with a chance. I've just read that Yamaha are bringing in another Spanish rider into the same team as Cal Crutchlow and they are giving him a full factory bike. If the reports are anything to go by it is possible that despite being the best rider on a satellite team Cal could be given the elbow. That will not please BT.

If BT has put enough money into MotoGP to give them a say then that could easily be the best chance we have of getting a British rider onto a factory ride. No matter what we want or think, this is about money and that means clout. Clearly the BBC did not have enough or they are not allowed to put their desires forward. BT however won't have that restriction and clearly it is in the interest of BT to have us wanting to see MotoGP. We'll do that in huge numbers if a British rider is on a winning bike and BT will no doubt be having words with Dorna about this. It's in their interest to do so now and therefore in ours as well.

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 08:05

No, it won't be good for Moto GP. I already pay a lot of money for a Sky subscription and I'll be damned if I'm giving more money to BT. The BBC coverage was always shite with poor timing, only available on the red button half the time and crap presenters - that Charlie Cox is a shrieking fool and impossible to listen to - so that won't be missed. Greedy Dorna have really crapped on the fans this time. Oh well, I gues it will free up a few Sunday afternoons to go out on my bike instead.

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 14:29

The government is meant to have a ruling whereby sport of national importance should be made available to watch for free. They did it with the football world cup and the cricket, so why do we have to pay?

Also, if you make something harder and more expensive to do, generally you lose fans, not gain them.

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 15:08

James Ellison came back to BSB....Perhaps we should all follow his example?

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 23:13

If you don't want to switch to BT sport & Pay £144 because you want to stay with Sky or Virgin.

Just buy the video pass from this years price is £84.85 for standard or £135.78 for multiscreen for a full season.

Just need commentary team of Toby Moody and. Julian Ryder & I'm sorted
or I might just wait for the DVD.

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 22:37

Jeez, it's another stitch up. Let's hope that BSB and WSBK stay with Eurosport where Tony Carter and his team do such a good job.
I don't think I'll be paying bt for their coverage.
Who gives a rat's about the fans eh? The sport would be far better off without us.

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 14:05

BT might want to sell it to me - but they can't deliver - not even "broad" band - let alone video over said.

Eurosport - don't just give in !!! I for one don't care if it's live or just a bit later - and I don't really need HD either come to that - what I WOULD like is a channel that covers our sport properly - MOTOGP by itself ~ well it's getting a bit better ~ but it's still a bit of a joke by comparison with the "LESSER" classes !!!

We need to see practice, we need to see qualifying - we need to see all classes - and unlike the BBC not when they feel like it - but as advertised and not switched off in favour of regional tiddley-winks and not stuffed onto some "INTERACTIVE" channel which you can't record because they won't tell you which one it'll be . . .

Given up on F1 coz it's 80% waffle, and in HD will fill my recorder before it's finished - and they won't tell you when the action starts . . .


Posted: 15/05/2013 at 16:00

What's going on with the BBC, they lose F1, Moto Gp, the cricket, the horse racing but it's ok they still have crappy football and not many of them either, sorry how ever much I love Moto Gp there ain't no way I'm gonna get BT in my house so I'm afraid I'll go with out and watch it on a catch up service or get it from the internet services

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 16:10

My partner is on BT broadband and like the darling she is she just signed up for BT sport so I can watch Moto GP and she the rugby.
For her its free for the first year,who knows what after that !

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 16:45

BT ripped my OAP mum off for a telephone package! They promised refunds etc and after 18 months not a penny back. I hate BT so much I swapped to Talk Talk!
Eurosport was and is truly amazing because their commentary has always being intelligent and I learnt so much especially from Neil Spaldings. Eurosport started it all and don't forget the real race knowledge Randy mamola gave us too. I have taped every VR46 race from 125 to present day. Taped all Mick Doohan's since 94 to his retirement and all from Eurosport. Toby and Julian are a cut above the BBC team but the BBC has made some great short stories and presentations. BBC just lacked real bike knowledge.
My answer is NOT join BT! Just become a member on and watch it live online from anywhere in the world with internet.. or even from work...hahaha!:OP

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 17:29

Gutted more viewers lost ,cant change my contract for 18 months so no way I could see it if i even wanted to use BT ect :(

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 17:54

Kiss of death,stupid short-term decision by Dorna.Audiences here will plummet which will have sponsors pulling out closely followed by teams.
Good chance for BSB to get itself a lot of publicity and growth if they play their cards right and offer the BBC close,exciting bike racing live at a reasonable price.

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 19:24

dont care if eurosport lose LIVE rights as long as the team stays put, ill stay with them as they are the best. no doubt BT SPORT will get some nobody know nothing like BBC...
plus just get BT broadband and you will get BT SPORT FREE yes FREE

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 20:43

O well more time to get out on the bike.

Fuck BT .

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 20:45

I am on BT broadband, so it's free for me(btsport) if i want it on my phone! On the TV that will be £299 to watch it for 'free', for a year, as i need a BT decoder first. I think not. That money will go a long way to visiting several BSB meetings instead.
It will be interesting to see if the attendance at Silverstone in 2014& 15 drops.
"Rossi retiring, oh yes, I remember him, I used to watch him when he started, watched him at LeMans and Donnington a few times."
Look back to the 1980's - 90's no major TV coverage = no money. Good luck BT, TV for the ruling class only.

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 21:06

I've had BT tv before and it's all empty promises, crap service and threats of baillifs when I cancelled the subscription. time to find another sport to follow or hopefully watch it late on Eurosport. Thanks a lot Dorna you money grabbing bastards

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 23:00

This could be the beginning of the end for the sport. It's extremely irritating that companies believe by making a finacial gain in the TV rights, will help the viewing of their sport. I beleive that if there is no terrestrial coverage, then gate receipt will also fall. So basically your quick buck, just ended up being a huge loss. Well done!!! You should try being bankers next!!!

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 08:41

I just started watching MotoGP last year ... and really enjoyed it. So far, I'm enjoying this year too. But, I guess that in 2014 it'll fall off my radar.

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 09:33

I think Dorna have shot themselves the foot, there is no way that I'm going to change to BT broadband or pay Sky to watch the MotoGP as I won't watch any of the other sports.
Dorna will lose out here as fans won't bother going to the race as they won't know what's going on in the rest of the season, plus the manufactures will start to pull out as the mobile advert boards won't be seen by so many people and bike profits will drop again and again.

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 13:32



Posted: 16/05/2013 at 19:45

Sorry I'm slow coming to the party but I'm 11 countries into an Around the World trip on my XT600E (
This is proof that MotoGP is now driven by money rather than keeping the fans happy. Even the Formula 1 procession realised it needed a wider audience, without which MotoGP will die. I would rather ignore MotoGP that pay a penny to BT. They're the only company who charge you in advance and then put the price up after you've paid! WTF!

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 05:19

I'd better make the most of this season because I wont be seeing any of the racing next year.
Apart from Mugello. But I'll be there for that one ! ;-)

Posted: 19/05/2013 at 10:34

When sky started it was very cheap to get people to use it then they started upping the price,make no mistake bt will get people using it and then slowly put the prices up until you end up paying £60 a month,

Posted: 19/05/2013 at 18:09

many will be tied into contracts with other providers. many will not want to switch. many dislike BT. many cannot afford yet more tv costs. worst of all though is that the sport simply cannot grow OFF free to view tv- new viewers come from the casual viewer and they wouldn't dream of paying a subscription. very annoyed, I like many have supported the series when it has been far from it's best and now the green shoots of recovery are just being seen we are abandoned. dorna said they wanted to reward those that had stayed loyal in tough economic times (re Suzuki's desire to return with a factory team but being told they could not have a 'new' entry but must partner a loyal team) but seemingly won't show the same to the supportive fans. shame. cannot see how this will do anything but harm GP in the UK.

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 13:58

pay you to watch you advertise- wtf?

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 14:01

The BBC or ITV should view this as an enormous opportunity: Gain rights to BSB or WSB or even Irish Road Racing and provide significant coverage. In today's tv world cheap programming seems popular and once coverage has been bought one company could fill a whole weekends afternoons with practice, qualifying, support races and the main event. This would cos no more, essentially, than an hour show, save for wages- surely no higher for a few folk in a studio than others? Wham! The viewing figures would go through the roof and Carmelo/Dorna would look even more like the short termist money grabbing fools they are.

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 14:08

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