New riders. New rules. Same unmissable thrills. It’s time for another full-throttle campaign…
MotoGP™ Grand Prix of Spain, Friday 17 July, 8am, BT Sport 2 HD (CH 528)
Say goodbye to those quiet weekends, because MotoGP is finally here for a brand new season of heart-pounding action, live on BT Sport. Hold tight, it’s going to be quite a ride.
Last season featured both the sublime and the ridiculous, but the main plotline saw Marc Márquez wipe the floor (or should that be track?) with everyone to secure his sixth world championship. The sensational Spaniard remains the man to beat this time around, though he’s sure to have his work cut out against a whole bunch of talented contenders.
From Ducati duo Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci to Suzuki’s Álex Rins and Maverick Viñales of Yahama, the hungry riders snapping at the heels of Márquez don’t look like they’re going away anytime soon. Can the champ hold them off and ascend to seventh heaven come the end of the campaign?
With the riders and their mean machines primed and ready, the 2020 MotoGP season is almost upon us. Before the drama gets under way with the first race of the year in Spain, here’s all you need to know about what’s to come…
The champ can move closer to greatness
Marc Márquez is already an icon of the sport, but he’ll step up to a whole different level if he clinches a seventh world championship this season. Should that happen, the Spaniard will move level with the legendary Valentino Rossi in the overall list of champions and one title behind all-time leader Giacomo Agostini. The pressure is on.
There’s another Márquez on the scene
For the rest of the field, it’s bad enough dealing with one super-talented Márquez. But two? Now you’re just taking the mick. Fresh off the back of winning the 2019 Moto2 World Championship, Álex Márquez will be joining older brother Marc at Repsol Honda this season, replacing the retired Jorge Lorenzo. The 23-year-old has been tipped to make a major impact in the sport.
The end for Rossi?
At 41 years of age, the great Valentino Rossi is the oldest rider in MotoGP by some stretch. The Italian has achieved everything there is to achieve in the sport, but are we about to see “The Doctor” compete for the last time? Yamaha have confirmed this will be his final full season racing for them, but with reports suggesting he could join Petronas SRT Yahama for the 2021 campaign, we might not be seeing the last of him just yet.
There could be more races to come
While a handful of races have been axed due to the shortened season, a total of 13 races have been confirmed (you can find them at the bottom of the page). We might, however, see four more dates added to the calendar soon. Races in America, Argentina, Thailand and Malaysia are all yet to be confirmed, though race organisers have said a decision on whether they will be going ahead will be made by the end of July. Here's hoping they do, because more MotoGP is never a bad thing.
Introducing a brand new penalty
The most significant change to the rules this season will see riders penalised for jump starting on the grid. Their punishment? Two long laps, which would shave three to five seconds off their time per lap. And nobody wants that.
You can watch every race live on BT Sport (and on the go!)
From practice sessions and qualifying, through to the chequered flag and all the best post-race analysis, BT Sport is the undisputed home of MotoGP on UK television. And thanks to the awesome Virgin TV Go app, you can also follow all of the action on the move. If that doesn’t get your motor running, nothing will.
The 2020 MotoGP season, live on BT Sport
Gran Premio Red Bull de España
From Friday 17 July, BT Sport
Gran Premio Red Bull de Andalucía
From Friday 24 July, BT Sport
Monster Energy Grand Prix České Republic
From Friday 7 August, BT Sport
myWorld Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich
From Friday 14 August, BT Sport
Grand Prix von Styria
From Friday 21 August, BT Sport
Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini
From Friday 11 September, BT Sport
Gran Premio dell'Emilia Romagna e della Riviera di Rimini
From Friday 18 September, BT Sport
Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya
From Friday 25 September, BT Sport
SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France
From Friday 9 October, BT Sport
Gran Premio Michelin® de Aragón
From Friday 16 October, BT Sport
Gran Premio de Teruel
From Friday 23 October, BT Sport
Gran Premio de Europa
From Friday 6 November, BT Sport
Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana
From Friday 13 November, BT Sport
Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas
TBC, BT Sport
Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina
TBC, BT Sport
OR Thailand Grand Prix
TBC, BT Sport
Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix
TBC BT Sport
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