Channel 5 to broadcast MotoGP™ races in 2017
Channel 5 will broadcast the FIM MotoGP™ World Championship in 2017 – giving British fans a new free-to-air home for race highlights in the UK.
With the opening Grand Prix just around the corner in Qatar, fans in the UK will now be able to watch the best of MotoGP™ action every Monday following the race – with a prime-time slot assured.
The news comes as interest in the UK hits a new peak following Cal Crutchlow’s stunning victories in 2016, when a Brit got back on the top step of the premier class podium for the first time since the legendary Barry Sheene in 1981. There is also the new Dorna-backed British Talent Team lining up John McPhee in the Moto3™ category this year, as well as the debut of the British Talent Cup in 2018, meaning the timing could not be better for a new free-to-air home for MotoGP™ in the UK.
“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,” said Channel 5’s Mark Sharman. “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”.
Manel Arroyo, Managing Director at Dorna Sports, added: “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. 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”.
MotoGP™ races will also be broadcast live on BT Sport.
2017 British MotoGP™ tickets are on sale at: silverstone.co.uk