talkSPORT, one of the biggest commercial radio stations in the UK, has secured the radio rights to the MotoGP championship with immediate effect until the end of the 2017 season.
Every MotoGP race will be covered live on their sister station talkSPORT 2, with a number of Moto2 and Moto3 races also broadcast live. There will also be previews and reviews of every race on talkSPORT. talkSPORT’s press release says that it is “the first time any major motorsport has been broadcast on national commercial radio in the UK.”
BBC radio have previously covered the British round of the championship, but I do not believe they covered it regularly in the modern era. According to RAJAR, talkSPORT 2 reached 285,000 people in the second quarter of 2016, but it should be noted that talkSPORT 2 was only launched in January. Whilst the reach may be small in comparison to other stations (such as the main talkSPORT station), any increase to MotoGP’s existing reach should be seen as a positive.
talkSPORT will be using Dorna’s World Feed team, with commentary coming from Nick Harris and Matt Birt.