Channel 5 secures MotoGP highlights package

MotoGP gains a new free-to-air TV home in the UK.

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Submitted by Haydn Cobb on Wed, 15/03/2017 - 10:05

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Channel 5 has secured the rights to show MotoGP race highlights for 2017, securing the sport’s representation on free-to-air terrestrial television in the UK.

Last month ITV confirmed it would be dropping its MotoGP highlights package for this season, leaving the premier tier of motorcycle racing without a home on free-to-air TV in the British Isles.

MotoGP commercial rights holder Dorna has confirmed a new deal with Channel 5 to take up the Monday prime-time evening highlights package after each race weekend.

Channel 5, who currently broadcasts Formula E and World Rally Championship in the UK, is delighted to lock down a deal with Dorna and ensure MotoGP remains on British terrestrial television.

“We are thrilled to bring viewers the very best of MotoGP and add another headline act to our motor racing portfolio with the world’s fastest motorcycle racing Championship,” Channel 5’s Mark Sharman said. “It will be a mind-blowing season - one for the books.

“Complementing our live coverage of Formula E and the World Rally Championship highlights, this further demonstrates our commitment to offer top class sport to our viewers.”

Dorna managing director Manel Arroyo is thrilled to announced the contract and sees it as a key commitment with a strong and emerging British representation in MotoGP.

“With so much emphasis on British talent this year, we are delighted that highlights of every MotoGP round this coming season will be available for British audiences on Channel 5,” Arroyo said.

“Our British riders in every category are in top form so it should be an exciting season for our British fans. We are looking forward to getting the 2017 FIM MotoGP World Championship underway in a couple of weeks time in Qatar.”

The highlights package will be produced by North One Television, the same company who produced the ITV highlights as well as the Isle of Man TT coverage, but who will front the show is yet to be confirmed.

All live TV action will remain exclusive to BT Sport in the UK as it continues with its five-year broadcasting deal which began in 2014. Rumours have recently surfaced Sky Sports is preparing to table to bid to take over the live broadcast rights for MotoGP.

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