Sky Italia will remain the exclusive home in Italy of MotoGP for a further three years after agreeing an extension with Dorna Sports, the global motorcycling series’ commercial rights holder.
The deal ensures that the pay-TV giant’s Sky Sport MotoGP channel will continue to air live coverage of the championship from 2019 to 2021. The rights package includes all three categories – MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 – as well as the new electric MotoE World Cup series.
Sky will also offer extensive MotoGP coverage on its digital platforms. Skysport.it will provide videos, images, news, interviews, magazines and regularly updated content, as well as news in real time on Sky Sport24, the Sky Sports App and the company’s official social media channels.
“It has been proven that we have developed a highly profitable partnership, developing new viewer experiences and putting in consistent work to help to grow the audience of the sport even more,” said Dorna Sports managing director Manel Arroyo.
“After five seasons working together, Sky have become a perfect ally with whom we are going to continue exploring new possibilities for our sport in the future and growing our MotoGP audience in Italy.”
The deal also cements Sky’s extensive motorsport offering in Italy, which also includes exclusive coverage of Formula One until 2020.
"With our dedicated channel Sky Sport MotoGP, we want to continue to grow MotoGP’s audience in Italy, the country of talents and teams across all three categories,” added Matteo Mammì, senior director of sport rights, programming and production at Sky Italia. “After five years of exciting challenges, we very much look forward to reporting all the track action and experiencing the race thrills for three more seasons.”