The most popular motorcycle racing season in the world is about to rev into gear, with twenty exciting races on the provisional MotoGP, Moto 2 and Moto 3 calendar. Kicking off with the season-opener in Losail, Qatar and ending in Valencia, Spain, it promises to be one of the most closely contested seasons in recent memory. Joan Mir is the defending MotoGP champion, but the return of Marc Marquez will mean he will have to battle very hard to make it back-to-back titles in 2021.
As the anticipation for the championship heats up, MotoGP fans want to know which networks are televising the weekend’s action, what time does each practice or qualifying session start, and how can you stream the featured races live? The answers to all these questions and more can be found in the viewing guide provided here.
2021 MotoGP TV Preview
The MotoGP World Championship travels five continents and draws a global television audience in the tens of millions, with every MotoGP Grand Prix live racing weekend offering a unique experience as the riders and teams compete for a place on the podium. There are currently a total of 20 races stacked across this year’s calendar, with more expected to be added later in the year.
Spain’s Joan Mir is the defending Rider’s Champion, having won his first MotoGP World title in 2020 after a very close season that involved first wins for a handful of riders. Franco Morbidelli finished in second with Alex Rins third, with only 31 points separating the three at the end of the year. Aussie Jack Miller had a solid season, finishing in seventh place, a position he will be keen to build on with his Ducati this term.
How to Watch MotoGP in Australia
Here in 2021, Fox Sports of Australia, (Foxtel/Kayo) will once again have the broadcast rights to all MotoGP category races including Moto2 and Moto3, and will televise every practise, qualifying session and featured race live. This includes all 17 MotoGP World Championship events LIVE, in HD, with no ad-breaks from lights on to the chequered flag. Fox Sports, via Foxtel and Kayo, will also provide expert commentary, as well as comprehensive pre-race and post-race analysis.
This coverage begins with the very first championship race of the season, and continues until the finale to be held in November. Fortunately for MotoGP fans there are several options for watching Fox Sports in Australia, including a TV channel pack from Foxtel or Telstra, the online platform Foxtel Now, and the newest addition, live streaming with Kayo Sports who are currently offering a free trial.
If a subscription service or trial pack isn’t the route you wish to go, the MotoGP Free to air coverage on Network Ten in Australia includes every featured MotoGP Grand Prix, for a total of ninety minutes of live action for each fixture on the 2021 calendar. Currently, the network is in the midst of a three-year broadcast agreement to maintain its title as the Australian free to air home of the MotoGP, and each Grand Prix is available to watch live on 10 Boss or online with TenPlay. The channel Ten coverage does not, however, include Moto2, Moto3, or the ultra-important MotoGP practices and qualifying sessions. The lone exception is the MotoGP of Australia, for which 10 Boss will televise both the Qualifying race and Grand Prix live.
Qatar MotoGP 2021
When: 26 – 28 March 2021
Where: Losail, Qatar
The first race of the season will take place in Qatar, and will give us a good idea of which riders and manufacturers will be in the mix come November. The Gulf nation will see racing for the first time since 2019 after the 2020 edition was cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Stream MotoGP Live and Free
All 16 MotoGP racing weekends including the 2021 Qatar GP will be broadcast on Fox Sports of Australia, where it will be available to watch online with Foxtel Now or streamed live using Kayo Sports. Foxtel Now current have a 10 day free trial, and the coverage includes every practice session, qualifier and featured race available in HD, with the Grand Prix itself televised ad-break free to enhance your viewing.
If you’re a resident of Australia and don’t have access to Fox Sports you may wish to review the FREE 14 day Kayo Sports trial which has no lock-in contract and offers the exact same MotoGP programming as Foxtel. With the Kayo trial you can stream the Portuguese MotoGP free using a range of eligible mobile devices, and with their unique live RaceView feature you can watch key moments from right on board the lightning-fast bikes.
2021 Qatar MotoGP TV Schedule
Note: The below TV fixtures run across three days from practice and qualifying through to race day, for Moto GP, Moto2 and Moto3.
Day 1 – Friday 26 March
|Event||LIVE TV Time AEDT||Channel|
|Moto3 practice||LIVE: TBC||Foxtel / Kayo|
|MotoGP practice 1||LIVE: TBC||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Moto2 practice||LIVE: TBC||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Moto3 practice 2||LIVE: TBC||Foxtel / Kayo|
|MotoGP practice 2||LIVE: TBC||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Moto2 practice 2||LIVE: TBC||Foxtel / Kayo|
Day 2 – Saturday 27 March
|Event||LIVE TV Time AEDT||Channel|
|Moto3 practice 3||LIVE: TBC||Foxtel / Kayo|
|MotoGP practice 3||LIVE: TBC||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Moto2 practice 3||LIVE: TBC||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Moto3 qualifying||LIVE: TBC||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Portuguese MotoGP qualifying||LIVE: TBC||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Moto2 qualifying||LIVE: TBC||Foxtel / Kayo|
Day 3 – Sunday 28 March
|Event||LIVE TV Time AEDT||Channel|
|Portuguese MotoGP warm-up||LIVE: TBC||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Moto3 GP||LIVE: TBC||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Moto2 GP||LIVE: TBC||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Portuguese MotoGP||LIVE: TBC||10 Bold / Foxtel / Kayo|
Shown as Sydney Australia time, adjust for regional differences. MotoGP race replays available on Fox Sports (Foxtel/Kayo) following the LIVE events.
2021 MotoGP on Australian TV Fixtures
Take advantage of Foxtel Now or Kayo so you only need to pay for the sport you wish to see, and watch your favourite MotoGP racing live online including all practices and qualifying sessions. The 2021 MotoGP TV fixtures that are listed on Free to Air are limited to ninety minutes of live broadcasting on channel Ten Boss, with the lone exception being Australia’s Phillip Island MotoGP in October.
|28 March||MotoGP Qatar GP LIVE||TBC||Foxtel / Kayo Ten|
|11 April||MotoGP Argentina GP LIVE||TBC||Foxtel / Kayo Ten|
|18 April||MotoGP Americas GP LIVE||TBC||Foxtel / Kayo Ten|
|2 May||MotoGP Spain GP LIVE||TBC||Foxtel / Kayo Ten|
|16 May||MotoGP France GP LIVE||TBC||Foxtel / Kayo Ten|
|30 May||MotoGP Italy GP LIVE||TBC||Foxtel / Kayo Ten|
|6 June||MotoGP Catalunya GP LIVE||TBC||Foxtel / Kayo Ten|
|20 June||MotoGP Germany GP LIVE||TBC||Foxtel / Kayo Ten|
|27 June||MotoGP Netherlands GP LIVE||TBC||Foxtel / Kayo Ten|
|11 Jul||MotoGP Finland GP LIVE||TBC||Foxtel / Kayo Ten|
|TBD||MotoGP TBC GP LIVE||TBC||Foxtel / Kayo Ten|
|15 Aug||MotoGP Austria GP LIVE||TBC||Foxtel / Kayo Ten|
|29 Aug||MotoGP Great Britain GP LIVE||TBC||Foxtel / Kayo Ten|
|12 Sep||MotoGP Aragon GP LIVE||TBC||Foxtel / Kayo Ten|
|19 Sep||MotoGP San Marino GP LIVE||TBC||Foxtel / Kayo Ten|
|3 Oct||MotoGP Japan GP LIVE||TBC||Foxtel / Kayo Ten|
|10 Oct||MotoGP Thailand GP LIVE||TBC||Foxtel / Kayo Ten|
|24 Oct||MotoGP Australia GP LIVE||TBC||Foxtel / Kayo Ten|
|31 Oct||MotoGP Malaysia GP LIVE||TBC||Foxtel / Kayo Ten|
|14 Nov||MotoGP Valencia GP LIVE||TBC||Foxtel / Kayo Ten|