Viacom18 secures exclusive MotoGP™ rights for India

The network will bring fans the biggest year of GP motorcycle racing to date, including India’s historic debut on the MotoGP™ calendar

Viacom18 today announced a new rights deal that will see MotoGP™ exclusively live-streamed on JioCinema and Sports18 in India. The coverage will begin with the Grande Premio Tissot de Portugal. The network will offer an exhaustive live presentation that will include practice sessions on Friday and Saturday, qualifying and the Sprint on Saturday and the Grand Prix race on Sunday.

MotoGP™ is world’s biggest motorcycle racing Championship that lines up the most skilled riders in the world on the fastest prototype bikes made by leading manufacturers. The 2023 season, the biggest to date, will witness 21 races across 18 countries, including the milestone 14th round in India as MotoGP™ will make its debut in the country.

MotoGP™ fans in India will be able to catch all the action from the pinnacle of two-wheeled racing through this new partnership as the 11 teams, and 22 riders will arrive at Indian shores for the Grand Prix of India from September 22-24. Including the Moto2™ and Moto3™ classes, the Indian round will feature a total of 80 riders and 40 teams during the race weekend.

Hursh Shrivastava, Viacom18 Sports Head of Strategy and Partnerships: "MotoGP is one of the most dramatic racing events in the world and Indian sports fans are in for a treat as the series makes its historic debut in India this September. We look forward to giving sports fans in India the world’s best motorcycle racing show possible and widen our fanbase through our diversified offerings.”

Carmelo Ezpeleta, Dorna Sports CEO: "We have a lot of fans in India and we’re excited to be able to bring the sport to them. India is also a key market for the motorcycle industry and therefore, by extension, for MotoGP as the pinnacle of the two-wheeled world. We are very excited that Viacom’s reach across India will bring MotoGP to all corners of the country and allow more fans to watch this incredible sport."

Pushkar Nath Srivastava, COO of FairStreet Sports, the promoters of the Indian GP and the Broadcasting Rights licensee: "We are confident that Viacom18 is the ideal partner to showcase the exhilarating sport of MotoGP in India. Their extensive reach on both television and OTT platforms, combined with their commitment to launching and promoting premier sports, perfectly aligns with our vision for the historic debut of MotoGP in the country. The increased accessibility would help galvanise our youth and create a new generation of talented riders to represent our nation on the global stage."

The addition of MotoGP™ strengthens Viacom18 Sports’ diversified portfolio of world-class sporting events, including the TATA IPL, TATA WPL, Diamond League, FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 ™, NBA, LaLiga, Serie A, Ligue 1, and select BWF events.

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