Will the BBC show MotoGP in 2014?

Question: Will the BBC be showing MotoGP coverage during the 2014 season?

Answer: Unfortunately for many motorcycle racing fans in the UK, the BBC failed to secure the rights to broadcast MotoGP races in 2014.

Despite making what they classed as a competitive bid, the Beeb lost out to BT Sport, who now have exclusive TV rights to air MotoGP throughout next season.

British Eurosport also lost their rights to show delayed race coverage in the UK.

On the slightly more positive side, fans who currently get their broadband through BT will be able to watch the new channels live coverage at no extra cost. Plus anyone thinking of switching provider or choosing to simply subscribe directly may find things less costly than if Sky Sports had done the deal.

Be warned that even if you’re an existing BT Broadband customer, when you request them to add the free Sports package, you’ll be taking out a new 12 month contract. Not good if you want to switch to another broadband/phone/TV provider soon after.

So unless you really want the Sports channels or are happy to be tied into a new contract, best not ask them to activate the new channels.

UPDATE: As some people have just mentioned in the comments below, ITV4 will now be showing an hour long MotoGP highlights programme on Monday nights after the race weekends. Though this is far from ideal, it’s certainly better than no coverage at all for non-BT subscribers.

  169 comments for “Will the BBC show MotoGP in 2014?

  1. spriggan
    March 30, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    i totaly agree with all the fans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    its a f’#k up but lets be honest it was never for use guys lets just be lucky
    we got to enjoy the pro’s raceing for the last few years.nobody cares about the little guy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    irish fans now you can support our road racers totaly and go to the meets which i promise is some of the best in the world.
    peace!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. aleighty
    March 27, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Sick, sick, sick, my moto gp! Robbed, dorna you mean fools, for the sake of a few quid now you will certainly lose out on a lot of real motogp fans in the long run. Worst part was I only found out a few days before the race so even if I wanted to sell my soul to bt I woulda been cutting it fine. But I can’t bring myself to subscribe, here in Ireland you have to get the whole setanta package, 5 channels, but there not really worth a toss! Thanks BBC for nothing. And for f1 fans there only showing 9 of the 19 races live! That’s a joke too. My Sundays are ruined, literally! F u b b c!
    S I c k

    • JohnG
      March 29, 2014 at 7:21 PM

      Agree with you all the way. Try ITV4 and U Tube. Not ideal. Money rules I guess.
      Anyway, Go Rossi Go.
      JG.

  3. Steve
    March 25, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    What a complete fuk up

  4. Chris & Geoff
    March 23, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Absolutely and totally disgusted with no live MotoGP coverage. We have watched GP for years and years and now it’s all a matter of somebody making money out of us. I don’t understand how this could even happen – doesn’t anyone care about the fans?? If it was football regular programmes are soon disrupted but now we can’t even watch GP on a decent Sport channel……dunno what we pay a TV licence for or Sky for the matter, all I seem to do is watch repeats of everything. I am NOT HAPPY.

  5. Greed!!!
    March 23, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    the guys behind moto gp clearly don’t have the viewer in mind at all. Its all about money now and sod us the audience.
    Soon moto GP will slip away as less and less of us can afod to watch it. god knows what left, not much! TV is just about had it. unless you like brain numbing soaps theres nothing left

  6. ANDY
    March 23, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    TOTALLY DISGUSTED I CANT WATCH THE MOTO GP LIVE. GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER EUROSPORT & BBC. IF IT WAS FOOTBALL MONEY WOULD BE NO OBJECT!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. mitch1346
    March 23, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Corporate greed wins again. MotoGP will lose viewers and interest in the Uk for sure, just as has happened to World Superbikes which we used to follow avidly. But they won’t care – we’re just one market in the world and they’ve got the dosh.
    Unless you’re already on BT Internet it isn’t worth the hassle of changing provider just to get Moto GP and watch the odd football match, especially when you read the small print – very cheap for 18 months then the price goes up.
    Also there are always streams you can get – yes, they break up occasionally but are generally Ok and reasonable quality full screen on a MacBook laptop or an iPad. Try cricfree.tv/bt-sport-2.php (which takes you to a wiziwig feed). I am watching the Qatar Moto 2 as i write and it has been fine afternoon. Click on BT Sport 2 on left of screen if you need to refresh – also you see the BT Sport and Sky stations listed which is handy.
    Wiziwig website will give you links to lots of different feeds some with foreign commentary but that doesn’t matter too much.

    Hope that helps

    • JohnG
      March 29, 2014 at 7:25 PM

      Well done. Going to try it now,
      Even if it doesn’t work, Cheers.
      Lets find a fan’s solution to a fan problem.
      JohnG.

  8. erika
    March 23, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    So disgusted. Us racefans are being bullied in to spending money and I cant afford so I will probably not c one live race.Sports should be free to watch for everyone.
    better try to find a live stream on the net somewhere. Fingers crossed or I will be gutted!

    • erika
      March 23, 2014 at 8:39 AM

      “Uk racefans”

  9. sam
    March 23, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    well there is no reason for me to pay the bbc licence as motogp was the only thing worth watching

    • Chris
      March 23, 2014 at 10:13 AM

      We so agree with this comment, we always looked forward to the Sundays when we could watch moto gp, We think this is so unfair and trying to NOT hear who won before we can watch 1 measly hour on ITV4 will be impossible Very sad couple

      • malc
        March 29, 2014 at 10:19 PM

        I agree looked forward to GPs on BBC it’s ok if you have 4 wheels on BBC

  10. Al
    March 23, 2014 at 4:13 AM

    one of the best coverage of MotoGP there was; very upsetting they couldn’t hold on to that…

  11. Keith
    March 23, 2014 at 1:20 AM

    Wiziwig is a good site for live streams I use it for football on bt just click on live sports then along to motorsports you’ll find the moto gp schedule there

  12. Dave
    March 22, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Moto gp on the bbc was 1 of my only loves in life, I don’t have much of anything else. BBC your bloody useless, what a total letdown, maybe this site does not like swearing as such and i am not usually 1 to do so, but I for 1 am majorly fuxxed off! Whats the point of the bbc anymore, All the best sports used to be on your channels.i am thoroughly disgusted.Cricket was also onceon what I thought was the best side. If I want any news for moto gp now, the best ican get is itv4 highlights. Once again the BBC has failed to impress. I am just not gonna bother anymore. Not every1 can afford sky boxes or extra channels, we who can’t always looked up to the bbc as the best channel , but now you screen shit like the voice and other reality crap, when you could have saved face.Again shame on you!

    • Dynanic4
      March 23, 2014 at 8:38 PM

      Thank you Dave for cricfree site details.
      I agree with all the comments condemning BBC for their lame bidding. And yet again losing out to one of the cable channels. Thats another sport that will lose popularity as most of the population will not be able to afford the BT sport charges.
      BBC you bunch of pussies.
      Fuq u!

    • Anonymous
      March 24, 2014 at 8:50 PM

      spot on sir …..

      • aleighty
        March 27, 2014 at 7:36 PM

        Does the cricfree tv work ok?

  13. phil motor sport fan
    March 22, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    vipboxuk.co firstrows.eu i use these to watch f1 & football. will do the same for moto gp hope this helps people who didnt know about them. ( theres always a way round things if you look hard enough, or ask :-) )

    • Anonymous
      March 23, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      Thanks for links Phil like most people rightly p***** off!

    • aleighty
      March 27, 2014 at 7:12 PM

      Thanx pal I’ll try these, sick to the stomach with BBC and just found out there only showing 9 of 19 f1 races, but I’m a bike fan. Even eurosport robbed!

  14. chief
    March 21, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Excuse me lads, but what about DORNA? i quote : ” We want to make motorsports available to everybody” what a load of b*****ks. i am boycotting DORNA and BT, they can go f**k themselves. Greedy b*****ds.

  15. JIM
    March 21, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Electric /Gas / Water / Telecom – all privatised by MP’s =jobs for the boys that rip the a–e out of it – then give well paid Directorships or Regulator jobs to retiring MP’s . It’s called the ” Establishment ” and
    I for one won’t be suckered by BT.

  16. hopefull
    March 20, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Someone please post the best alternative to bt ? euro sat
    what kit will we need

  17. Anonymous
    March 20, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    I think Moto GP have shot themselves in the foot. Growing awareness in the uk. Higher viewers every year but they accept the deal with BT for more money even though it may damage the sport in the long run…..Then again I guess the UK may not be a big enough player to care. boo motoGP, boo BT, boo BBC

    • aleighty
      March 27, 2014 at 7:14 PM

      I agree totally, makes no sense!

  18. William (add-on)
    March 20, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Google “data_programm_dvbs” and you will find the frequencies for “SRG SRS”.
    The “RSI LA2″ and “RSI LA2 HD” is offering the widest moto program with all classes. Check if you are in the signal cone of the satellite first, because you are quite in an east position over there.
    Could be (i’m not sure) that “SRF info” is broadcasted in clear so you can check the signal with that also.

  19. William
    March 20, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Check the frequencies here.
    broadcast.ch/data_programm_dvbs.aspx
    The “RSI LA2″ and “RSI LA2 HD” is offering the widest moto program with all classes. Check if you are in the signal cone of the satellite first, because you are quite in an east position over there.
    Could be (i’m not sure) that “SRF info” is broadcasted in clear so you can check the signal with that also.

  20. William
    March 20, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    Hi there, i live in Switzerland and the good thing here is that the Italian spoken Swiss channel broadcasts all races and almost all qualifying practices without any advertisement. Also the French and German spoken channel broadcast many of the races. The broadcast is encrypted, but for those of you that have friends or relatives in Switzerland, ask if they can get you the Swiss Sat card to access hotbird satellite. The sat smartcard has a one time fee of only 60 swiss frans. Need the Viaccess CAM to insert the smartcard and then you watch. You can watch also many more including F1, … The card is in fact restricted for use in Swiss territory only … but who cares in this case of urgency :)
    If you don’t find a card you have the choice like David already told, to watch Sport1 in German, but it is full of advertisement.
    I’m so sorry for you. Doran (Ezpeleta) and your BT company suck extremely.
    Notice that similar has happened in Italy, where starting this year you can only see through Sky.

  21. Fatboy
    March 18, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Gutted that I wont see Moto GP this year. Even if I could afford it I wouldn’t give in to this extortion. Waited throughout winter for it to start again and only found out the other day what’s happened with BT. Totally gutted.

  22. Jayke
    March 18, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    I don’t think BBC stood a chance getting MotoGP once the private companies put in their over-inflated bids. I can honestly say that regardless of its many faults, no other UK broadcaster presents sports as professionally as the BeeB. The only consolation prize is that MotoGP will be shown on ITV4 the day after the race.

    • brian
      March 29, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      I live in the highlands of Scotland and can’t get ITV4

  23. Rob
    March 17, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Why don’t they have an online only subscription for bt sport like british eurosport. To use on smart tv’s phones and computers. I asked and they said you would have toget the bt infinity for 12 months or sky to view it, which by the way is a policy not a technical limitation. BT can Piss off i will not be watching motogp this year after over a decade of avid viewing. sad Day :(

  24. David
    March 16, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    I have a old sat receiver and dish, have pointed it to 19.2, and will get moto gp for free on sport1 from germany

  25. Stuttz
    March 12, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    This is a very sad state of affairs with BTs exclusivity clause a real problem. Like a lot of people here I’m angry but in the end I will bite the bullet and extend my contract to include BT sport so that I can still watch all the Moto racing. “The dogs may bark but the caravan rolls on.”

  26. Oldgizer
    March 6, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    It is pure Greed that drives organizations like Dorna to negotiate the highest bid from another Greedy organization like BT to show MOTOGP Races Live knowing full well that BT had no intention of allowing any other UK/TV station any part of the deal, even later highlights!!!. Well I sincerely hope they come to regret the deal, without it affecting MOTOGP. It will certainly reduce the number of long term supporters of MOTOGP in the UK, because I like many thousands of others refuse to succumb to the blatant extortion of BT on principal…

    • THE DOCTOR
      March 7, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      If you love watching me race and say you are Moto Gp through and through pay for it and love it!!
      Move over Marquez I’m coming to get ya!!

      • Christine
        March 12, 2014 at 8:09 AM

        I’m guessing whoever wrote the previous post pretending they were Rossie is in fact someone from BT.
        A year and a half ago I was talked into getting my broadband from Bt Business, my husband is a self employed builder (one man not a big company) I’m sick of reading how all BT customers can get BT sport, BT business customers cannot. My whole family are massive MotoGP fans and now we have no way of watching it, I refuse to pay out even more money. Obviously Dorna do not care- I wonder how the riders and the sponsors feel about loosing so many viewers from the Uk.

      • shicklegruber
        March 29, 2014 at 7:03 PM

        Valentino I have been a fan of yours for many years but I’m afraid I must say goodbye. I just cannot afford pay TV on my pension when all prices are going up and pensions lose value. It was once said that the trade unions held the country to ransom – but I don’t see many wealthy trade unionists – only fat cats with their snouts in the trough. Bernie Ecclestone could afford to pay for just about everybody to watch Moto GP.

      • JohnG
        March 29, 2014 at 7:32 PM

        No offence, but you need a doctor, a head one.
        give us all a break, and contribute something useful.
        Don’t mean to be personal, but your identity and remarks are just plain silly.
        BT employee???.

  27. Me Ruskie
    March 4, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    The BBC was once the benchmark in broadcasting to aspire too. Unfortunately, the BBC lost the plot years ago due to being delirious on assured big revenue without so much as a get out clause by us suckers. It is like the corrupt, undemocratic and barmy EU, a golden gravy train with unimaginable payoffs, salaries and pensions, not to mention well below third rate performers who are celebrities???!!! and it’s PC and left wing bias……Boring golf, endless antigue programs, house renovation, cooking…..Motogp and rugby were the only things I looked forward to amongst endless expensive crap,,,,Jeez, I want to cry….Come the revolution…

  28. turtlepin
    March 3, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    Roll on June, TT on Telly every night. True road racing.

  29. M.J.D.
    March 3, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    I wonder just how many of the so called `Mr Angry’s` will relent and either watch it through Virgin Media, get BT Sport or go to the British GP.

    All this talk of money grabbing and how much is that footballer being paid for the next five years.

    I hate to admit this but motorcycling is a minority sport and we are still perceived as greasy yobs so we will never win.

    Sorry.

  30. Andy D
    February 14, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    So, just how much money have the BBC ‘saved’ by not getting MotoGP ? and WTF will they spend that money on this year – more effing horsey horsey riding, crap cooking or dreary depressing soaps?

    The TV licence is a f***ing discrace. There’s even more adverts on BBC than ever, advertising their own shite shows between programmes.

    It pains me to pay the BBC when the only decent thing i watched was the Moto GP.

    Now, whilst i hate BT and Dorna for what they have done to british viewers, i am out of contract for broadband and must say, i love watching motogp and am therefore considering getting bt broadband for the free BT sports. Yes I know this goes against the grain and it’s gonna be like a kick in the teeth, but MotoGP is literally the only sport i watch and follow. I love it. I therefore don’t know if i’ll really be able to boycott it. I know you can watch it live online for free but the quality isn’t the same. Perhaps the BBC could spend some of the money they saved by paying the BT Sport subscription for me.

    • Reality Check it Man
      February 25, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      Andy D Beware………….there are much better deals and speed of broadband than BT which is renowned for being slow and their customer service isn’t much better. Think before you sign up just to get a few bike races in a short space of a year as much as you love it!! There will be other ways to watch your favourite races, there will always be someone out there that will find a way to feed the millions for free!!!

  31. Michael
    February 7, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Thank God BBC didn’t get exclusive rights or else we would have had to endure that plank Cox commentating again!!!!! At least it seems unlikely BTSport will be employing the idiot.

    • madmick
      February 11, 2014 at 8:11 PM

      parrish and cox A1

  32. Livid!!!!!!
    February 6, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    What an absolute cock up BBC, I’m lost for words…..

  33. FED UP
    February 5, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Its time the Government stepped in and stopped all these corporations from robbing average Joe public of all these sporting events like the Moto GP and all other motoring events, BT should be ashamed of there selves they no that there is thousands of Moto GP fans that will never subscribe to BT and missing out on all the action. I say boycott the British Moto GP in protest and get the Moto GP back on terrestrial TV missing Rossi and our British lads will be hell.

  34. Dotty Cow
    February 4, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Stop bloody moaning and open your purses and pay for Bt Sport,boycotting Moto Gp and Bt unfortunatly wont work losers,so all get a life and support Moto Gp

    • Purplavenger
      February 9, 2014 at 6:36 PM

      Oh you are awful!

    • mad mick
      February 11, 2014 at 8:08 PM

      go and jump in a sewer

    • Anonymous
      February 19, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      I think your a bit unfair to say we are losers and to open our purses. Everyone has different circumstances, and many direct debits, plus lots of subscriptions already to TV channels. I think its you that needs a life and has no real value of the greed created by a complete cock up of a buy out and the TOSSAs at the BBC!
      By the sounds of it you seem to have BT Sport, I sincerely hope you dont have difficulty receiving coverage, get a better service and response if you require it unlike the BT Telecom customer services that are diabolical throughout the UK, as its not the UK you would speak to.

    • Reality check it man
      February 25, 2014 at 9:49 PM

      Are you real?? Its people like you that are bringing this country to its knees by giving in to the arseholes that take away our enjoyment for the sake of the millions they make from you -don’t you get it?? Go ahead and pay for all the extras you stupid DOTTY COW the bloody nickname suits you because you haven’t got a clue. Dont you think all these rich bastards are laughing at the likes of you that just give in and pay??

      • JohnG
        March 29, 2014 at 7:35 PM

        Hear Hear.

  35. stroker250
    February 3, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    BT, you can go f*ck yourselves .. At least Dick Turpin had the decency to wear a mask !!

  36. Anonymous
    February 3, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    Totally outraged that we cant even watch a repeat free of charge, an hour later, by British Eurosport or the balloons at the BBC. I wont be subscribing, I’d rather save my money and go to a European MOTOGP as that would cost less than probably going to Silverstone. Totally pissed of with the greed of some stupid take over bid that I hope falls on its ars, just like BT and trying to get through to someone when you need help with your phone landline.

  37. Licence Fee
    February 1, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Time to kick the licence fee into touch, no Moto GP, virtually no Formula 1, no other motor sport, super bikes, rallying, etc, etc. Other programmes put out on their channels are mostly second rate and boring, perhaps it is time that this once flagship of broadcasting was assigned to the rubbish bin of media.

  38. Dave
    January 30, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Great, no Motogp on the bbc. I don’t have BT and don’t watch any other sport, also I’m tied in to a Virgin media deal. Looks like it’s the motogp experience app for me.
    Good bit of business that, sell the rights to view to a company who charge. limiting the viewers,
    which will sell more of there crappy app.

  39. Debby Beese
    January 29, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    I’m sure Carmelo Ezpeleta, who as we know is CEO of DORNA, would not be happy if we all boycotted the MotoGP when it comes to the new Circuit of Wales. I believe the MotoGP circuit is due to be built this year? Wouln’t this take a bit more money from is pockets?

  40. Robert wagner
    January 29, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Simply f**k bt sport . You pay out left right and centre and then something else becomes pay per view . I my ad wrong here but doesn’t our tv license money go to the bbc ? Damn ain’t goin to pay it if they keep losing things worth watching. Rant over . Might tune in to topgear on Sunday though lol

  41. I'm alright Jack!
    January 28, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    Just cancelled Sky. Was paying £25 a month just to get Eurosport for the MotoGP. Already have Broadband with BT (not even Infinity) so I phoned an 0800 number and have now got BT Sport through my old Sky Box (with inactive Sky Card) free of charge. She explained I am tied in for a year, but hey I’ll have saved £300 over the year! If only Julian and Toby were coming over too!

  42. Anonymous
    January 28, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    Someone told me that Sky own a majority in BT sport so it might be them trying a little bit harder to pull everyones pants down!….and surely if no other provider can show even delayed coverage doesn’t that make it a MONOPOLY? I’m pleased our government have a special Monopolies Commission to make sure that this kind of bol locks can’t happen in a land that fought twice for freedom from BTyranny.

  43. Terryfried
    January 27, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    This has nothing to do with moto sport tv coverage. It is Just BT blackmailing the public into using BT infinity. Unfortunately many parts of UK including Kingston upon Hull and the Isle of Man do NOT get there phone system through BT and hence can only get it by paying both Sky AND BT I have been happy with Sky but cant afford to pay BT for just 1 sport.

  44. MotoGP Fan
    January 26, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    I will definitely not be paying to watch MotoGP. In fact I will be moving away from BT for my home phone in protest, so they will loose my money not gain more!! If more people followed it would help. I think my new provider will be cheaper anyway.
    As for the BBC, there is so much garbage on TV they have a cheek to charge ANY licence fee. How many MILLIONS of pounds did they pay that character Jonathan
    Ross??

  45. Ninja636
    January 26, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Disgusted! I had BT but when they wacked up their prices this month, I played the ‘material detriment’ card as soon as I was informed! Guess what, had a bill for over £600, now with OfCom and should be sorted out soon. Why mention this? Well, it seems very strange that they put line rental up in January, and then announce the MotoGP stuff. Many pissed people cannot leave now as it would be deemed to be too late to use your right to cancel under ‘material detriment’. Again, if you want the TV they restart your contract.

    I am gutted that the Beeb are so hamstrung and constantly claim that they have to provide ‘good value’ for the licence payers that they are now impotent and unable to compete. I, like many, don’t want to watch bloody cycling. I have enough trouble from pratts in lycra on the roads already!! I am afraid my viewing habits don’t include the BBC, except for Top Gear, so I’m paying a lot of dough for one programme, and I’m forced to pay it!!! I don’t watch anything on ITV as the programs get in the way of the adverts!!

    My main source of enjoyment is Eurosport. BSB, WSB and……oh hold on….thats it it now!. I will be Boycotting the British MotoGP round, but I will continue to wholeheartedly support the BSB. Bollox to Dorna and BT, as long as I can get to a round of the BSB I’ll be happy.

    Right, I’m off to find out how to find a free stream / satellite channel for my continued support of Cal. I dare say he has been gagged by Dorma.

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