Following the surprising news that race day at Le Mans is to shown live on ITV4 in the UK, Dorna has announced that the British MotoGP will also be live on ITV later this year.

ITV4 became the new home of free-to-air MotoGP highlights, broadcast on Monday evenings, at the start of 2021.

News then broke via TV listings that all three grand prix races at this weekend's Le Mans round would be shown live on ITV4, marking the first time that live MotoGP has been broadcast free-to-air in the UK since BT Sport took over the exclusive rights in 2014.

No reason has been given for the move, although it suggests the UK's MotoGP TV numbers are in need of a boost.

That should certainly happen at Silverstone, where the British MotoGP race on August 29 will be shown live on ITV's 'main channel'.

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2021 MotoGP Calendar

Round

Date

Race

Circuit

1

28 March

Qatar (Evening race)

Losail

2

4 April

Doha (Evening race)

Losail

3

18 April

Portugal

Portimao

4

2 May

Spain

Jerez

5

16 May

France

Le Mans

6

30 May

Italy

Mugello

7

6 June

Catalunya

Barcelona

8

20 June

Germany

Sachsenring

9

27 June

Netherlands

Assen

10

8 August

Styria

Red Bull Ring

11

15 August

Austria

Red Bull Ring

12

29 August

Great Britain

Silverstone

13

12 September

Aragon

Aragon

14

19 September

San Marino e Della Riviera di Rimini

Misano

15

3 October

Japan

Motegi

16

10 October

Thailand

Buriram

17

24 October

Australia

Phillip Island

18

31 October

Malaysia

Sepang

19

14 November

Comunitat Valenciana

Ricardo Tormo

Postponed Grands Prix:

 

11 April

Argentina

Termas

 

18 April

Americas

COTA

Reserve Grand Prix Venues:

  

Indonesia (Race delayed until 'first part of 2022')

Mandalika

  

Russia

Igora Drive

Cancelled Grands Prix:

 

11 July

Finland (Subject to homologation)

KymiRing