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U.S. GP For ABC!

In a landmark moment for the sport, MotoGP will be broadcast on network television across the United States this summer after an agreement was reached between ABC and MotoGP’s commercial rights-holders Dorna Sports.

The deal will see the 2006 Red Bull US Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca broadcast during an hour-long programme on July 30th at 1-2pm ET and 3-4pm PT. The show will include not only the coverage of one of the most thrilling races of the season, but exciting features, news and interviews of one of the most spectacular sporting events to take place on American soil.

The programme is an important step for MotoGP which continues to expand its network of broadcasts to worldwide audiences. Currently MotoGP reaches 207 countries, with 184 of those in live or same day delayed format. An average of 142 million spectators see the live/SDD broadcasts, with a total average audience per GP of 311 million viewers.

“We are happy to have the 2006 Red Bull US Grand Prix on ABC,” said Tag Garson, Sr. Director of Programming and Acquisitions. “It is an exciting event, which takes place at one of racing’s most renowned venues, and showcases some terrific action.”

Dorna Sports’ Managing Director, Manel Arroyo added, “It is great news for the sport to be broadcast across the United States on network television. Working alongside a prestigious network such as ABC will certainly help us achieve our objective of bringing MotoGP to the attention of a more mainstream audience.”

MotoGP is the world’s premier motorcycle championship, featuring the best racers on the planet riding multi-million dollar, prototype machines that can reach speeds in excess of 200mph. MotoGP takes its glamorous circus to all corners of the globe. The machines produce more than 240 horsepower and weigh in at just 325lb (148kg), demanding the ultimate in riding skill, which is personified by the likes of Valentino Rossi and American contenders Nicky Hayden, John Hopkins, Colin Edwards and Kenny Roberts Jr.

For the first time since 1994 MotoGP returned to the U.S. last year, with over 157,000 fans enjoying the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix throughout the weekend at the legendary Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca circuit in California.

Helping to make the deal possible between the two parties was Van Wagner Sports Group, who will coordinate production matters with ABC and will work as Dorna's US TV ad-sales agent


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That's awesome........ hopefully it will be in HD also... that would be awesome... but I won't hold my breath.



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That's awesome........ hopefully it will be in HD also... that would be awesome... but I won't hold my breath.
If it's a national broadcast it should be which means I'll be watching it in HD too!!!!


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sweet. It will be nice since I cant watch speed on reg cable
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if they broadcast it in HD, i'm buying a new TV.


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WOW....Im taping this so i can watch it again when i get back home from the races !
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so this is going to be a week after the US gp?
Speed will still have the live coverage of the race.
Why not make the whole thing a bit longer then one hour and have some good coverage before and after the race instead of craming all that stuff in one hour and take away laps so everything can fit in one hour.....Anyway, I guess it's good to see some interest from one of the national networks.
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so this is going to be a week after the US gp?


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didnt realize its a week after.. Thats freakin lame..
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This is probably just a test for them to see what the audience will be like. Playing it safe *shrug*


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Ill know the results by the time this is on tv. Which means i wont watch it and ill be riding in the mountains....
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Ive got a feeling since it wont be live, it probably wont be in HD

Freakin ABC....jeez
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guys don't rip on ABC, the more networks air motoGP the happier I'll be, USGP or not, I don't care, any motoGP is good motoGP. Maybe in the future they'll begin to air it with fewer ad's than speed and speed will actually have some competition, have to do a better job.

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