2016 MotoGP™ World Championship Kicks off Exclusively on beIN SPORTS

Sports Network Announces MotoGP Race Calendar and Opening
Round Schedule for Sunday March 20

MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The highly-anticipated 2016 MotoGP™ World Championship kicks off Sunday,
March 20th exclusively on beIN SPORTS. Starting with the
season opener at the Losail International Circuit in Doha, Qatar, each
of this season’s races will air on both beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS
CONNECT, the network’s streaming service. This weekend’s coverage begins
on Saturday, March 19th LIVE on beIN SPORTS CONNECT with all
the qualifying action for Moto 2, Moto 3, and MotoGP starting at 11 AM
ET and continues on Sunday, March 20th with the races on all
three categories.

MotoGP™ heads into a thrilling 2016 season with more than 20 riders from
12 teams and five manufacturers – Yamaha, Honda, Ducati, Suzuki and
Aprilia – competing for the coveted world title. Among this year’s
riders are three returning premier class champions: reigning champion,
Jorge Lorenzo (2010, 2012 and 2015), Marc Marquez (2013 and 2014) and
seven-time MotoGP™ champion, Valentino Rossi (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004,
2005, 2008 and 2009). On the hunt for his eighth crown, if the Italian
legend were to win a race in 2016, Rossi would become the ninth oldest
rider to win a GP.

The 2016 season will be the 68th edition of the MotoGP™ World
Championship. Established as a World Championship by the FIM (Fédération
Internationale de Motocyclisme) in 1949, MotoGP™ is the oldest
motorsports championship in the world and the premier-class of three
racing classes that take to the track on a typical Grand Prix weekend.

This year’s action-packed schedule features 18 races in 15 countries
across four continents. The first race will be held in Qatar on March 20th,
starting an eight-month battle for the title, concluding in Valencia on
November 13th. A highlight of this season’s calendar is the
historic Austrian GP return. Last hosting a round in 1997, MotoGP™ will
return to Austria on August 14th at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg.

Full 2016 MotoGPTM Calendar:

  • Round 1. March 20: Qatar – Losail International Circuit
  • Round 2. April 3: Argentina – Termas de Rio Hondo
  • Round 3. April 10: United States – Circuit of the Americas
  • Round 4. April 24: Spain – Circuito de Jerez
  • Round 5. May 8: France – Le Mans
  • Round 6. May 22: Italy – Autodromo del Mugello
  • Round 7. June 5: Catalunya – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
  • Round 8. June 26: Netherlands – TT Circuit Assen
  • Round 9. July 17: Germany – Sachsenring
  • Round 10. August 14: Austria – Red Bull Ring – Spielberg
  • Round 11. August 21: Czech Republic – Automotodrom Brno
  • Round 12. September 4: Great Britain – Silverstone Circuit
  • Round 13. September 11: San Marino – Misano World Circuit
    Marco Simoncelli
  • Round 14. September 25: Aragon – MotorLand Aragón
  • Round 15. October 16: Japan – Twin Ring Motegi
  • Round 16. October 23: Australia – Phillip Island
  • Round 17. October 30: Malaysia – Sepang International
  • Round 18. November 13: Spain – Comunitat
    Valenciana-Ricardo Tormo

Below please find the beIN SPORTS schedule for the opening round of the
2016 MotoGP™ season on Sunday, March 20th airing LIVE from
Qatar. For the most up-to-date schedule of 2016 MotoGP™ events, please
visit: beinsports.com/us/tv-guide.

DATE       EVENT       CIRCUIT       Time (EST)
March 20       The Express Preview      

Losail International Circuit,


      1:00 PM LIVE
March 20      

Round 1 – Commercial Bank

Grand Prix of Qatar

      Losail International Circuit,


      2:00 PM LIVE


DATE       EVENT       CIRCUIT       Time (EST)
March 19      

Qualifying races for Moto 2,

Moto 3 and MotoGP


Losail International Circuit,


      11:00 AM LIVE
March 20      

Round 1 – Commercial

Bank Grand Prix of Qatar

(Moto 2, Moto 3

and MotoGP)


Losail International Circuit,



11:00 AM LIVE

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