Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) and Dorna Sports today announced an agreement to make SiriusXM the exclusive North American radio broadcaster of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MotoGP), marking the national U.S. radio debut of the world’s premier motorcycle racing series.
SiriusXM’s coverage will begin this weekend with the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix at the world renowned Indianapolis Motor Speedway (August 16-18). Subscribers will hear the live turn-by-turn broadcast of the MotoGP race, from start to finish, on Sunday, August 18 (2:00 pm ET).
Each Grand Prix broadcast throughout the remainder of the 2013 season will air on Sirius channel 93, XM channel 209, and on channel 966 on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App and online at SiriusXM.com.
“MotoGP showcases some of the most thrilling racing on wheels. It is a terrific addition to the SiriusXM sports lineup and enhances our robust offering of international sports,” said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer. “We’re excited to give our subscribers live access to these exciting events, allowing them to experience the extraordinary skill of these riders as they compete here and around the globe.”
Manel Arroyo, Dorna Sports’ Managing Director said, “We’re very pleased to be entering into a new partnership with SiriusXM so that listeners in North America can follow live the rest of the 2013 MotoGP season. With the second half of the season about to get underway this weekend in Indianapolis, on home soil for our U.S. fans, it’s a great moment to start our collaboration with SiriusXM.”
MotoGP is the premier motorcycle racing World Championship, an 18-race series visiting 13 countries that features the world’s most skilled riders and cutting-edge motorcycle technology. Competitors race on multi-turn tracks and reach speeds exceeding 200 miles per hour riding prototype machines that are fielded by three manufacturers – Ducati, Yamaha and Honda.
The reigning champion is Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) of Spain, who currently occupies third place in this season’s standings going into Indianapolis. Ahead of him are two of his fellow countrymen – Marc Marquez (Honda) who, in his first season in the premier MotoGP class, leads all riders with 163 points and Dani Pedrosa (Honda), in second with 147 points. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) of Italy, Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) of Great Britain, Stefan Bradl (Honda) of Germany, and American Nicky Hayden (Ducati) are among the other riders in the top ten.
Established as a World Championship by the FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) in 1949, MotoGP is now into its 65th year, and throughout its rich history has entertained racing fans at venues in nearly every corner of the world – Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and North America. For more info on MotoGP visit www.motogp.com.