How to watch the Australian MotoGP live and free
The MotoGP World Championship is making a stop in Australia this weekend. The next best thing to being there is watching the Australian GP live.
Part of the motorcycle racing season, the Australian MotoGP starts on 25 October at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit south of Melbourne. While the MotoGP race itself will take place on Sunday, there's plenty of action available all weekend, including practice and qualifying races, so motorsport fans have plenty to look forward to whether they choose to watch on TV or stream the event live via the Internet.
After the first 16 rounds, Spaniard Marc Márquez is championship leader, followed by Andrea Dovizioso and Álex Rins. Maverick Viñales won the Australian MotoGP race in 2018, with Márquez scoring a win in 2017. However, the record for most wins belongs to Valentino Rossi, with eight. He is currently seventh in the standings.
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When is the Australian MotoGP?
The event starts on Friday 25 October with the MotoGP race taking place on Sunday 27 October.
How to watch the Australian MotoGP
In Australia, the event will be broadcast by Network Ten and Fox Sports. You can also stream races online via Kayo Sports, tenplay and Foxtel Now. Here's a quick rundown of all options:
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Watch the Australian MotoGP with Network Ten
While Network Ten usually only broadcasts the main race, the Australian MotoGP is an exception. This time around, you can watch qualifying and main races from Moto 2, Moto 3 and MotoGP live on 10Bold. You can also stream the races via tenplay, the network's catch-up platform.
Watch or stream the Australian MotoGP with Foxtel
All practice, qualifying and main races of the Australian MotoGP will be live on Fox Sports. You can watch on TV with a Foxtel IQ subscription that features the Sport channel pack. Or, you can stream the races to your laptop or mobile device with Foxtel GO. The app is free for all Foxtel subscribers.
Besides 13 sports channels, a Foxtel IQ subscription with Sport also gets you the IQ4, the telco's most advanced telco, which enables you to record live TV and enjoy content in 4K. Foxtel IQ deals are always available, so you can save up on fees or score a discount if you're willing to bundle multiple channel packs.
Alternatively, fans can also stream the Australian MotoGP with Foxtel Now. You'll need the Sport pack, which costs $29/month. This is on top of the Essential pack, priced at $25/month. As a result, you'll pay at least $54/month to enjoy Foxtel Now with sport.
The service is compatible with PCs/Macs and smartphones/tablets through the Foxtel GO app. You can also access Foxtel Now on Chromecast/Airplay, Telstra TV, Sony Android TVs, PS4 and the Foxtel Now box. New subscribers get a 10-day free trial.
Where is the Australian MotoGP?
The event takes place at the Phillip Island Circuit south of Melbourne. The circuit is spectacular, featuring 4.445km of bitumen ready to test everyone's limits. Conditions at Phillip Island will be typical for this time of year, which translates to windy, cold and wet, so riders should buckle up for a challenging race. All in all, this is a must-see event for motorsport fans.
Moto GP Australia full schedule
Here's the complete schedule of the event, with all times in AEDT:
Friday 25 October
9am to 9:40am – Moto3 – Free practice number 1
9:55am to 10:35am – Moto2 – Free practice number 1
10:50am to 11:35am – MotoGP – Free practice number 1
1:15pm to 1:55pm – Moto3 – Free practice number 2
2:10pm to 2:50pm – Moto2 – Free practice number 2
3:05pm to 3:50pm – MotoGP – Free practice number 2
3:55pm to 4:15pm – MotoGP – Tyre test session
Saturday 26 October
9am to 9:40am – Moto3 – Free practice number 3
9:55am to 10:35am – Moto2 – Free practice number 3
10:50am to 11:35am – MotoGP – Free practice number 3
12:35pm to 12:50pm – Moto3 – Qualifying number 1
1pm to 1:15pm – Moto3 – Qualifying number 2
1:30pm to 1:45pm – Moto2 – Qualifying number 1
1:55pm to 2:10pm – Moto2 – Qualifying number 2
2:25pm to 2:55pm – MotoGP – Free practice number 4
3:05pm to 3:20pm – MotoGP – Qualifying number 1
3:30pm – 3:45pm – MotoGP – Qualifying number 2
Sunday 27 October
9:40am to 10am – Moto3 – Warm-up
10:10am to 10:30am – Moto2 – Warm-up
10:40am to 11am – MotoGP – Warm-up
12pm – Moto3 – Race
1:20pm – Moto2 – Race
3pm – MotoGP – Race
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