The 2012 FIM MotoGP™ World Championship gets off to a spectacular start this weekend in Qatar, with a host of new TV broadcast agreements in place, ensuring that millions of fans across the globe will be able to follow the excitement of the World Championship all season. Over 65 TV networks worldwide will be delivering the action from every Grand Prix to fans in over 200 countries this season, with many TV networks broadcasting MotoGP in full HD quality.
On a pan-regional basis, new long term agreements have been concluded with ESPN in Latin America and ESPN Star Sports in Asia whilst on-going agreements with Supersport in Africa and Al Jazeera, broadcasting in the Middle East, ensure that MotoGP reaches a truly global audience.
New broadcast agreements have also been signed, ahead of the 2012 season, with TV networks in countries throughout South America, Europe and Asia.
Globosat in Brazil, will be broadcasting all races live on their SPORTV channels, which marks the start of a new 3 year partnership with MotoGP.
In Europe, multi-year agreements have been closed with several key broadcast partners. SPORT1 Germany will be taking advantage of the recent success of Stefan Bradl, who this season moves up to the premier class after clinching the Moto2 title in 2011 and will be broadcasting all 2012 events live through their various broadcast platforms. All races and MotoGP qualifying practices will be shown on the main channel, SPORT1.
In France, Eurosport will be broadcasting all races and qualifying practices live with additional coverage of the MotoGP races broadcast on digital terrestrial channel NT1. Whilst, in Spain, with both Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa challenging for the Championship title this season, MotoGP switches broadcaster and moves to Mediaset España who, as part of a new 5 season agreement, will be broadcasting extensive coverage of each Grand Prix on their Telecinco and Energy channels. Across the border in Portugal, MotoGP’s partnership with SPORT TV has also been extended for a new 5 year term.
MotoGP changes broadcaster in Poland for 2012 where a long term agreement with Polsat will see MotoGP broadcast across Polsat channels in the territory and also in Turkey where MotoGP will be broadcast on SMART SPOR (D-smart platform) for the first time. Similarly in Greece, MotoGP coverage this season moves to OTE TV, the IPTV platform belonging to the national telecom company.
Renewed broadcast agreements with Viasat in the Scandinavian territories of Sweden, Norway and Denmark and also the Baltic territories of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, with Autoplus in Russia, Nova TV in Czech Republic, Setanta Sports in the Republic of Ireland, Sport5 in Israel and Sportklub in the Balkan territories of Serbia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Macedonia and Montenegro, all secure the long term coverage of MotoGP in these other key European territories.
Throughout Asia, ESPN Star Sports will be augmenting their coverage of the World Championship this season and will broadcast all races and qualifying practices live, complemented by a new studio based highlights programme ‘Two wheels’ which will cover all MotoGP action on and off the track. Added to this, new broadcast agreements in India with Ten Sports, in Thailand with Channel 9, in China with Guangdong TV and in Japan with NTV as well as an ongoing agreement in Indonesia with terrestrial broadcaster TRANS TV, mean that fans throughout Asia will have more opportunities than ever before to follow MotoGP this season.
Additionally, Casey Stoner fans in Australia will be able to catch MotoGP races live on Network TEN this season, in an exciting new programming schedule which sees MotoGP the focus of a new Sunday evening live Motorsport block on TEN