After a highly successful first year’s partnership with Youthstream, broadcasting LIVE MX2 and delayed MX1, Motors TV (Sky channel 413 and Virgin Media 545) will go a step further in 2009 when it proudly becomes the exclusive UK broadcaster of LIVE MX1, MX2 and the Women’s World Championship, as well as the season’s highlight: the Motocross of Nations!
All 17 Grand Prix will be broadcast on Motors TV treating The UK’s loyal fans to no less than 79 hours of LIVE Motocross. In addition to this unprecedented level of live coverage, the “High Speed Television Channel” will also be showing 26 minutes MX3/EMX2 highlights across the championship’s 16 rounds.
The FIM Motocross World Championship will be the jewel in a Motors TV MX crown that already boasts the US AMA Motocross, the Belgian and French series, and from early 2009, the US AMA Supercross.
Frédéric Viger, Motors TV’s Head of Programming & Acquisitions said: “While we knew MX would prove successful on our channel, we’ve been impressed all year long by the loyalty of the motocross fans. Their only complaints were that they had to switch channels to go from Live MX2 to Live MX1, which we also felt frustrated about. It was therefore an easy decision to go a step further and to enter a new agreement to show the full meetings LIVE. In addition to MX1 & MX2, we also believe that the Women’s World Championship will be a big hit, as, just like Youthstream, we are firmly supporting this new class.”
Mr. Giuseppe Luongo, Youthstream President, added: “This is another important step for the FIM Motocross World Championships, our goal is to find the best broadcaster who believes in our sport in every region of Europe and the world. MOTORS TV has done a wonderful job this year broadcasting the MX2 class live and delayed coverage of the MX1 class. Their commentary has been outstanding made by experts full of passion and who know Motocross very well. For this reason we really believe MOTORS TV is the right partner for us to broadcast all our Championships and we are delighted that MOTORS TV will be broadcasting the MX1, MX2 and Women live from next year, plus the MX3/EMX2 and the SuperMoto World Championship highlights.”
The 2009 FIM Motocross World Championship MX1/MX2 is currently due to start on April 6 at Valkenswaard, The Netherlands, where MX1 World Champion David Philippaerts and MX2 World Champion Tyla Rattray will begin their title defenses.