The most popular motorcycle racing season in the world has revved into high gear, with nineteen exciting fixtures on this year’s MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 calendar – kicking off with the season-opener in Qatar and ending with the closing event in Valencia. Marc Marquez is the defending title-holder, having secured his sixth MotoGP Riders’ Championship last year. He’s certain to be in the mix again, but he’ll have plenty of competition from the likes of former winner Valentino Rossi and last year’s runner-up Andrea Dovizioso.
As the race 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.
2020 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 a total of 20 fixtures stacked across this year’s calendar, starting with the season opener in the desert heat of Qatar in late March, continuing to the Finnish Grand Prix which returns after a 38 year absence in July, followed by a trip to the calendar scenic mountains of Austria in August, and concluding on the sandy beaches of Valencia, Spain in mid November.
Spain’s Marc Marquez is the defending Rider’s Champion, having won his sixth MotoGP World title in 2019 in dominant fashion. Andrea Dovizioso finished in second, though he was a long way behind Marquez, with Maverick Vinales taking third. With the win, Marquez became the first to win four consecutive Championships since Valentino Rossi accomplished the feat early this century. His dominant performance sees him favourite once again this year, but he’ll have a hoard of experienced riders, including Rossi, Dovizioso and Lorenzo, chasing him throughout.
How to Watch MotoGP in Australia
Here in 2020, 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 20 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 2020 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 2020 Fixtures
When: 6-9 March, 2020
Where: Losail International Circuit, Lusail, Qatar
The Qatar MotoGP is the first fixture on this year’s championship calendar and will be run and won in the early hours of Monday, the 9th of March (AEDT), with the first practice being held on Friday, the 6th of March. The race was first introduced to the calendar in 2004 – three years later, it became the season-opener, a title it has held ever since, while in 2008 it became the first ever MotoGP to be raced under lights, where it remains to this day. The Qatar MotoGP has been a successful one from an Australian perspective, with Casey Stoner having won a record four times here – a number he shares with Valentino Rossi. Andrea Dovizioso has won the past two years at this event, and will this year be looking to become the first man since Stoner to win three consecutive Qatar MotoGP’s.
Live Qatar MotoGP TV Schedule (Sydney time)
Day 3 – Sunday 8 and Monday 9 March (Day 1 & 2 shown below)
|Event||LIVE TV Time AEDT||Channel|
|Moto3 warm-up||8.40pm (Sunday)||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Moto2 warm-up||9.10pm (Sunday)||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Qatar MotoGP warm-up||9.40pm (Sunday)||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Moto3 GP||11.00pm-12.20am (Sunday)||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Moto2 GP||12.20am-1.50am (Monday)||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Qatar MotoGP||2.00am-3.30am (Monday)||10 Boss / Foxtel / Kayo|
Shown as Sydney Australia time, adjust for regional differences. Full DAY 1 and DAY 2 LIVE TV fixtures listed below display. MotoGP race replays available on Fox Sports (Foxtel/Kayo) following the LIVE events.
Stream MotoGP Live and Free
All nineteen MotoGP racing weekends including the 2020 Qatar MotoGP 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. 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.
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2020 Qatar MotoGP Live TV (Sydney time)
Day 1 – Friday 6 and Saturday 7 March
|Event||LIVE TV Time AEDT||Channel|
|Moto3 practice||7.50pm (Friday)||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Moto2 practice||8.45pm (Friday)||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Qatar MotoGP practice||9.40pm (Friday)||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Moto3 practice||12.10am (Saturday)||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Moto2 practice||1.05am (Saturday)||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Qatar MotoGP||2.00am (Saturday)||Foxtel / Kayo|
Day 2 – Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 March
|Event||LIVE TV Time AEDT||Channel|
|Moto3 practice||7.25pm (Saturday)||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Moto2 practice||8.20pm (Saturday)||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Qatar MotoGP practice||9.15pm (Saturday)||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Moto3 qualifying||11.30pm (Saturday)||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Moto2 qualifying||12.25am (Sunday)||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Qatar MotoGP practice||1.20am (Sunday)||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Qatar MotoGP qualifying||2.00am (Sunday)||Foxtel / Kayo|
2020 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 2020 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.
|9 March||MotoGP Grand Prix Qatar LIVE||2am||Fox Sports / 10 Boss|
|22 March||MotoGP Grand Prix Thailand LIVE||7pm||Fox Sports / 10 Boss|
|6 April||MotoGP Grand Prix Americas LIVE||5am||Fox Sports / 10 Boss|
|20 April||MotoGP Grand Prix Argentina LIVE||3am||Fox Sports / 10 Boss|
|3 May||MotoGP Grand Prix Spain LIVE||10pm||Fox Sports / 10 Boss|
|17 May||MotoGP Grand Prix France LIVE||10pm||Fox Sports / 10 Boss|
|31 May||MotoGP Grand Prix Italy LIVE||10pm||Fox Sports / 10 Boss|
|7 June||MotoGP Grand Prix Catalunya LIVE||10pm||Fox Sports / 10 Boss|
|21 June||MotoGP Grand Prix Germany LIVE||10pm||Fox Sports / 10 Boss|
|28 June||MotoGP Grand Prix Netherlands LIVE||10pm||Fox Sports / 10 Boss|
|12 July||MotoGP Grand Prix Finland LIVE||10pm||Fox Sports / 10 Boss|
|9 August||MotoGP Grand Prix Czech Republic LIVE||10pm||Fox Sports / 10 Boss|
|16 August||MotoGP Grand Prix Austria LIVE||10pm||Fox Sports / 10 Boss|
|30 August||MotoGP Grand Prix Great Britain LIVE||10pm||Fox Sports / 10 Boss|
|13 September||MotoGP Grand Prix San Marino LIVE||10pm||Fox Sports / 10 Boss|
|4 October||MotoGP Grand Prix Aragon LIVE||11pm||Fox Sports / 10 Boss|
|18 October||MotoGP Grand Prix Japan LIVE||4pm||Fox Sports / 10 Boss|
|25 October||MotoGP Grand Prix Australia LIVE||3pm||Ten / Fox Sports|
|1 November||MotoGP Grand Prix Malaysia LIVE||6pm||Fox Sports / 10 Boss|
|16 November||MotoGP Grand Prix Valencia LIVE||12am||Fox Sports / 10 Boss|