Discovery's Quest acquires UK highlights rights for MotoGP Championship
Quest, the UK free-to-air TV channel owned by Discovery, the US media group that also owns Eurosport, has agreed a two-year deal to broadcast next-day highlights of every round of motorcycling’s MotoGP Championship, beginning today.
Discovery said: “The agreement also includes rights to broadcast highlights from the Moto2 and Moto3 championships. In addition, Quest will deliver a comprehensive digital offer with viewers able to enjoy multi-screen coverage, anytime, anywhere online and mobile via QuestOD.
“The first programme will air on Monday 11 March at 6pm, and repeated at 11pm - featuring coverage from all three Championships, following the opening round of the season from the Losail Circuit in Qatar this weekend.”
The highlights rights were previously held by Channel 5, the commercial free-to-air broadcaster.
Last year, BT Sport, the UK pay-TV broadcaster, agreed a new three-year deal for live rights to broadcast the championship, beginning this season. BT Sport has held live UK rights to the championship since 2014.
Quest’s motor sport portfolio now includes coverage from the Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Formula E and Le Mans 24 Hours. Other sports covered include English Football League highlights, World Tour snooker and the BDO Darts World Championship.
Simon Downing, head of Channel Quest said: “We are delighted to add MotoGP to our premium sport portfolio. It’s the highest profile two-wheel event on the calendar and we are proud to be able to offer this exclusively free-to-air to our viewers - not just on linear but across our digital platforms too.”
Quest is available in 27 million UK homes across Freeview, Freesat, Sky, Virgin Media and BT TV.
Eurosport’s motor sport coverage includes live coverage of the British Superbike Championship, World Superbikes, Formula E, Le Mans 24 Hours and Dakar Rally.
There was controversy at this weekend’s opening round of the MotoGP Championship, the VisitQatar Grand Prix, with the FIM MotoGP Stewards Panel receiving various protests concerning aerodynamic devices on the rear swing arm of the Ducati bikes of three riders at the race.
Initial protests by four rival teams were rejected, but these were followed by appeals from the teams and, as a result, MotoGP said that the result of the race “remains in standing.”