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DAZN retains MotoGP rights in German-speaking markets

International sports streaming service DAZN has renewed an agreement for MotoGP rights in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

DAZN covered the motorcycling series for the duration of the 2019 season and the new deal will cover the 2020 campaign.

The agreement also includes the Moto2, Moto3 and MotoE series. As well as races, DAZN will show practice sessions and qualifying rounds.

Servus TV, the Red Bull-owned commercial broadcaster, also holds MotoGP rights in Germany and Austria. The private broadcaster announced a five-year agreement in August 2018.

The Discovery-owned sports broadcaster Eurosport held MotoGP rights in Germany until 2018, having taken over the rights from Sport1 three years earlier.

The 2020 MotoGP season had been due to get underway this weekend in Qatar but the event has been cancelled amid concerns over the ongoing threat of the coronavirus. The Thai Grand Prix planned for March 22 has also been cancelled.

Although this weekend’s MotoGP race will not go ahead, the Moto2, Moto3 and MotoE events are set to proceed as planned.

DAZN launched in German-speaking countries in the middle of 2016 and is available in nine countries. It was announced this week that the subscription streaming platform will expand to over 200 countries in May as a boxing-focused service.