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Fox Sports Brasil picks up MotoGP rights

Pay-television broadcaster Fox Sports Brasil has acquired exclusive rights to the forthcoming season of the MotoGP motorcycle-racing series.

Fox Sports said that the rights agreement in partnership with Rio Motorsports, the group that is building a new race track in the city to host a MotoGP event from 2022. Dorna is the worldwide commercial rights-holder and organiser of the series.

Fox Sports will also broadcast races from the Moto2 and Moto3 series, as well as the Moto E competition.

MotoGP rights were previously held in Brazil by SporTV, the Globosat-owned pay-television broadcaster.

Fox Sports already holds rights in the country to Formula E, Nascar and the FIM Endurance World Championship.

It emerged this week that Eduardo Zebini, senior vice-president and chief content officer at Fox Sports Brasil, has left his position and is set to take up another role in the sports media sector.

MotoGP confirmed last October that it would return to Brazil from 2022 through a five-year agreement with Rio Motorsports, with the all-new Rio Motorpark to host the grand prix. Brazil most recently held a MotoGP event in 2004.

The 2020 MotoGP season had been due to get underway this weekend in Qatar but it has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. The race in Thailand has also been postponed and the season is now scheduled to get underway in Austin, Texas on April 5.

The Moto2 and Moto3 events will go ahead as planned in Qatar this weekend.