MotoGP heads to the Red Bull Ring for the Austrian Grand Prix this weekend. Fans in the UK will be able to catch the race at 1pm 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 Austrian MotoGP race start time?
Sunday 21 August at 2pm local time (that’s 1pm BST – live on BT Sport 2)
Free practice is televised on Friday and Saturday, followed by Qualifying. Here’s the schedule for the weekend (times in BST)
Friday 19 August Free practice 1: 8.55-9.40am, Free practice 2: 1.10-2.55pmSaturday 20 August Free practice 3: 8.55-9.40am; Free practice 4: 12.30-1pm; Qualifying: 1.10-1.50pmSunday 21 August Warmup: 8.40-9am; Race start – 1pm
Here’s the full schedule for the weekend (all times are in BST):
Friday 19th08:00-08:40 Moto3 FP108:55-9:40 MotoGP FP19:55-10:35 Moto2 FP1 12:15-12:55 Moto3 FP213:10-13:55 MotoGP FP214:10-14:50 Moto2 FP2
Saturday 20th08:00-8:40 Moto3 FP308:55-9:40 MotoGP FP39:55-10:35 Moto2 FP3 11:35-11:50 Moto3 Q112:00-12:15 Moto3 Q212:30-13:00 MotoGP FP413:10-13:25 MotoGP Q113:35-13:50 MotoGP Q2
14:10-14:25 Moto2 Q114:35-14:50 Moto2 Q2Sunday 21st08:00-08:10 Moto3 Warm Up08:20-08:30 Moto2 Warm Up08:40-09:00 MotoGP Warm Up10:00 Moto3 Race11:20 Moto2 Race13:00 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 hereAustralia: Fox Sports, 10Canada: beIN SportsAfrica: SuperSportAsia: Fox SportsBelgium: Canal +Benelux: EurosportBrazil: Fox SportsCzech Republic Slovakia: Nova SportFrance: C8Germany: Servus TVGreece: CosmoteTvIndian Subcontinent: OSportIndonesia: Trans7Italy: SkyJapan: G+Japan: HuluLatina America: ESPNMexico: ESPN2Netherlands: Ziggo SportPoland: Polsat SportPortugal: Sport TVRussia: motorsport.tvSpain: DAZNSweden: ViaSatSwitzerland: SRFThailand: 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.