MotoGP travels to Japan this week for the first time since 2019. But doubts are being cast over the race in the Far East as ‘super typhoon’ Nanmadol battered the country causing flooding and travel chaos.
If it goes ahead, fans in the UK will be able to catch the race at 7am on BT Sport 2, while those on the US West Coast can watch at 11pm (Saturday), and those on the East Coast at 2am (Sunday).
The following weekend sees teams jet off to Thailand for the third race in three weeks on 2 October.
Of course, you want to know how you can watch the races, 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 Japanese MotoGP race start time?
Sunday 25 September at 3pm local time (that’s 7am 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 23 September Free practice 1: 7.05-8.20amSaturday 24 September Free practice 2: 2.50-3.35am, Free practice 3: 6.25-6.55am; Qualifying: 7.05-7.45amSunday 25 September Warmup: 2.40-3am; Race start – 7am
Here are the start times around the world:
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.
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 is showing 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