After a prolonged summer break due to the cancellation of the Finnish Grand Prix, MotoGP heads to the UK for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Fans in the UK will be able to catch the race at 2pm on BT Sport 2, while those on the US West Coast can watch at 5am, and those on the East Coast at 8am.
Of course, you want to know how to watch, so here’s everything you need to know about the action this weekend as well as the full 2022 calendar, plus your options for streaming as well as watching on TV.
When is the British MotoGP race start time?
- Sunday 7 August at 2pm local time (that’s 2pm BST – live on BT Sport 2)
Free practice is televised on Friday and Saturday, followed by Qualifying. Here’s the schedule for the weekend.
- Friday 5 August Free practice 1: 9.55-10.40am, Free practice 2: 2.10-3.55pm
- Saturday 6 August Free practice 3: 9.55-10.40am; Free practice 4: 1.30-2pm; Qualifying: 2.10-2.50pm
- Sunday 7 August Warmup: 9.40-10am; Race start – 2pm
Here’s the full schedule for the weekend (all times are local track times – UTC +2):
09:00-09:40 Moto3 FP1
09:55-10:40 MotoGP FP1
10:55-11:35 Moto2 FP1
13:15-13:55 Moto3 FP2
14:10-14:55 MotoGP FP2
15:10-15:50 Moto2 FP2
09:00-9:40 Moto3 FP3
09:55-10:40 MotoGP FP3
10:55-11:35 Moto2 FP3
12:35-12:50 Moto3 Q1
13:00-13:15 Moto3 Q2
13:30-14:00 MotoGP FP4
14:10-14:25 MotoGP Q1
14:35-14:50 MotoGP Q2
15:10-15:25 Moto2 Q1
15:35-15:50 Moto2 Q2
9:00-9:10 Moto3 Warm Up
9:20-9:30 Moto2 Warm Up
9:40-10:00 MotoGP Warm Up
11:00 Moto3 Race
12:20 Moto2 Race
14:00 MotoGP Race
Is MotoGP shown on free-to-air TV?
In some countries it is, such as Australia, but in most places you’ll need to have the right paid-for TV package.
In the UK, for example, BT Sport has exclusive rights to live coverage until 2024.
Race highlights are available on ITV4, usually the day after the race at 8pm.
If you don’t have BT broadband, you can still get BT Sport by buying the Monthly Pass, which costs £25. But for those who do have BT broadband, adding a TV package is simple.
In the USA, although NBC Sports Network was shut down at the end of 2021, NBC still has the broadcast rights for MotoGP and will show every race of the 2022 season on NBC and CNBC. Only some will be shown live with the rest broadcast later on the same day.
Here’s a list of the broadcasters in various countries and regions that (as far as we know) will show MotoGP races in 2022:
- UK: BT Sport 2
- USA: NBC & CNBC – full list of broadcast times here
- Australia: Fox Sports, 10
- Canada: beIN Sports
- Africa: SuperSport
- Asia: Fox Sports
- Belgium: Canal +
- Benelux: Eurosport
- Brazil: Fox Sports
- Czech Republic Slovakia: Nova Sport
- France: C8
- Germany: Servus TV
- Greece: CosmoteTv
- Indian Subcontinent: OSport
- Indonesia: Trans7
- Italy: Sky
- Japan: G+
- Japan: Hulu
- Latina America: ESPN
- Mexico: ESPN2
- Netherlands: Ziggo Sport
- Poland: Polsat Sport
- Portugal: Sport TV
- Russia: motorsport.tv
- Spain: DAZN
- Sweden: ViaSat
- Switzerland: SRF
- Thailand: PPTV HD
Wherever you are in the world, you can get the MotoGP VideoPass, which lets you stream live and on-demand coverage of every GP on your devices – and TV if you have an Android TV, Apple TV, Roku or Amazon Fire TV.
It usually costs 199.99€, but as we’re half way through the season, it’s now a Half Season Pass for €100 which is approximately £84/US$113. Streaming is in Full HD – not UHD sadly – but it also includes 45,000 videos to watch dating back as far as 1992.
Watch MotoGP with a VPN
Using a VPN allows you to watch MotoGP even if you’re not in your home country when a race is on. You simply launch the VPN, connect to a server in your country and, from abroad, you can watch as if you were at home.
Of course, this works the other way round, too, and allows you to watch races on TV networks which stream online but are region-locked. You may still need an account for that TV service, but with a good VPN such as NordVPN or PureVPN, you can get around those regional blocks.
For more, read our guide to the best VPN for streaming.
MotoGP 2022 calendar
This season sees two new tracks, the first at the newly built Mandalika International Street Circuit in Indonesia.
The other new track is the KymiRing in Finland, and it will be the first Finnish GP since 1982.
Termas de Rio Hondo
Circuit of the Americas
Red Bull Ring
Is Valentino Rossi racing in 2022?
Rossi won’t be racing this year. He retired at the end of the 2021 season after 25 years in MotoGP.
Fabio Quartararo – the Frenchman who won the 2021 championship – will be back to defend his title in 2022, though.