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Quest seals late MotoGP free-to-air highlights deal in UK

UK digital channel Quest has acquired exclusive rights for free-to-air highlights of the MotoGP motorcycle-racing world championship.

Quest struck the two-year deal, which will cover the 2019 and 2020 campaigns, just hours before the season-opening event in Qatar at the weekend.

The deal covers full digital rights across all platforms, according to the broadcaster.

Quest, which is operated by international media and entertainment company Discovery, agreed the deal with Dorna Sports, the championship’s commercial rights-holder.

The channel will show highlights of every round of the 2019 season at 6pm local time every Monday after each race before being repeated at 11pm. The highlights were previously broadcast by rival channel ITV4.

The agreement also covers highlights of the Moto2 and Moto3 support series.

Quest’s motorcycle-racing portfolio already includes the British Superbike Championship under an agreement with Eurosport, which is owned by Discovery, as well as the Formula E electric car-racing world championship and the Le Mans 24 Hours endurance motor-racing event.

BT Sport is MotoGP’s live rights-holder in the UK under a three-year deal that will run until 2021.