The Indian media broadcasting firm, Viacom18 has secured media rights for MotoGP in India in which the motorsport event will be exclusively live-streamed on JioCinema and Sports18.
The Grand Premio de Portugal will serve as the opening event for coverage. The network will provide a thorough live presentation that will cover practice sessions on Friday, qualifying and the Sprint on Saturday, and the main event on Sunday.
The MotoGP World Championship is the pinnacle of motorcycle racing in the world, with the best riders competing on the most advanced, high-performing, and quick-strength motorcycle prototypes available. The biggest season of the series yet, 2023, will feature 21 races in 18 nations, including the historic round 14 in India where MotoGP will make its debut.
Under this new agreement, MotoGP fans in India will be able to follow all the action from the world championship of two-wheeled racing when the 11 teams and 22 riders visit the Grand Prix of India from September 22–24. Along with this, 80 riders and 40 teams will also compete in the Moto2 and Moto3 races during the India round’s racing weekend.
Viacom18 Sports Head of Strategy and Partnerships Hursh Shrivastava, said, “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 widening our fanbase through our diversified offerings.”
Dorna CEO, Carmelo Ezpeleta, commented, “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 India race and the Broadcasting Rights licensee, said, “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 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 MotoGP has been added to Viacom18 Sports’ diverse lineup of top sporting events, which already includes the NBA, LaLiga, Ligue 1, Serie A, Diamond League, Indian Premier League (IPL), and Women’s Premier League (WPL).