Australia's Ten stays on track with MotoGP to 2021
Ten Network, the Australian commercial broadcaster, has signed a new three-year deal to continue its role as the long-serving free-to-air rights-holder of motorcycling's MotoGP World Championship.
The renewal was agreed with Dorna Sports, the series promoter, and covers the 2019 to 2021 seasons.
Channel One will show all 19 MotoGP rounds live, with live streaming also available on the Tenplay platform.
There will be additional coverage for the Australian Grand Prix weekend at Phillip Island, with the qualifying sessions also shown live.
Ten has televised MotoGP since 1996, with pay-TV's Fox Sports also a broadcast partner in the country, in a deal that expires this year.
Paul Anderson, chief executive of Ten, said: "MotoGP provides some of the most dramatic motor racing vision in the world and is a key plank in our motorsport strategy. We have an incredible partnership with Dorna Sports and are very excited to be partnering once again and remaining the free to air home of motorsport in Australia."
Manel Arroyo, managing director of Dorna Sports, added: "It’s great news that MotoGP will remain on Network 10 in Australia, continuing our long and successful partnership that is now in its third decade. Network 10 provide excellent coverage of the World Championship and are valuable collaborators with whom we are delighted to continue working, so three more years is great news for Aussie fans and great news for MotoGP."
Dorna yesterday announced a rights deal in Spain with market newcomer DAZN, the over-the-top subscription streaming service, which also acquired rights to English soccer’s Premier League.
The 2019 MotoGP season gets under way on 10 March in Qatar, with the Australian round slated for 27 October.