MotoGP NBC Sports schedule: How to watch 2020 season

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As MotoGP resumes its season, NBC Sports will have fans covered. Find the full MotoGP NBC Sports schedule below, including times, channels and times.

The 20-race season was scheduled to open March 8 with the Qatar Grand Prix. But the premier MotoGP class canceled the season opener because of coronavirus-related travel restrictions (the Moto2 and Moto3 division still raced).

After a four-month hiatus because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the season finally began July 19 at the Jerez circuit. MotoGP events will be shown on NBC and NBCSN this season and via streaming at motogp.tv.

The world’s premier motorcycle road racing series announced July 31 that it will hold 15 events in the 2020 season, which will end Nov. 22 at the Algarve International Circuit in Portugal.


MotoGP results for 2020

Stop 1: Qatar, MotoGP canceled (Moto 2; Moto3 support divisions raced)

Stop 2: Spain (MotoGP winner: Fabio Quartararo)

Stop 3: Andalucia (MotoGP winner: Fabio Quartararo)

Stop 4: Czech Republic (MotoGP winner: Brad Binder)

Stop 5: Austria (MotoGP winner: Andrea Dovizioso)

Stop 6: Styria (MotoGP winner: Miguel Oliveira)

Stop 7: San Marino (MotoGP winner: Franco Morbidelli)

Stop 8: Emilia Romagna (MotoGP winner: Maverick Vinales)

Stop 9: Catalunya (MotoGP winner: Fabio Quartararo)

Stop 10: Le Mans (MotoGP winner: Danilo Petrucci)

Stop 11: Aragon (MotoGP winner: Alex Rins)

Stop 12: Teruel (MotoGP winner: Franco Morbidelli)


MotoGP NBC Sports schedule for 2020 (all times are ET)

Stop Date Grand Prix Venue Air Time  Network
(ET)
13 8-Nov Europe Comunitat Valencia – Ricardo Tormo 10:00 PM NBCSN
14 15-Nov Comunitat Valencia Comunitat Valencia – Ricardo Tormo 2:30 PM NBC
11:00 PM NBCSN
15 22-Nov Portugal Algarve International Circuit TBA TBA

Miguel Oliveira wins MotoGP Thai Grand Prix, Bagnaia closes to two points in championship

MotoGP Thai Grand Prix
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Miguel Oliveira mastered mixed conditions on the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand to win the MotoGP Thai Grand Prix. Oliveira showed the adaptability as he navigated a race that began in wet conditions and turned dry over the course of the race. Oliveira won the Indonesian GP in similar conditions.

“It was a long race, but I can’t complain,” Oliveira said on CNBC. “Every time we get to ride in the wet, I’m always super-fast. When it started raining, I had flashbacks of Indonesia. I tried to keep my feet on the ground, make a good start and not make mistakes and carry the bike to the end.”

All eyes were on the championship, however. Francesco Bagnaia got a great start to slot into second in Turn 1.

Meanwhile Fabio Quartararo had a disastrous first lap. He lost five positions in the first couple of turns and then rode over the rumble strips and fell back to 17th. At the end of the first lap, Bagnaia had the points’ lead by two. A win would have added to the gain and for a moment, it appeared Bagnaia might assume the lead.

Early leader Marco Bezzecchi was penalized for exceeding track limits, but before that happened, Jack Miller got around Bagnaia and pushed him back to third. Oliveira was not far behind.

After throwing away ninth-place and seven points on the last lap of the Japanese GP last week, Bagnaia did not allow the competition to press him into a mistake. He fell back as far as fourth before retaking the final position on the podium.

“It’s like a win for me, this podium,” Bagnaia. “My first podium in the wet and then there was a mix of conditions, so I’m very happy. I want to thank Jack Miller. Before the race, he gave me a motivational chat.”

Miller led the first half of the Thai Grand Prix before giving up the top spot to Oliveira and then held on to finish second. Coupled with his Japanese GP win, Miller is now fully in the MotoGP championship battle with a 40-point deficit, but he will need a string of results like Bagnaia has put together in recent weeks – and he needs Bagnaia to lose momentum.

Miller’s home Grand Prix in Australia is next up on the calendar in two weeks.

Bagnaia entered the race 18 points behind Quartararo after he failed to score any in Japan. The balance of power has rapidly shifted, however, with Quartararo now failing to earn points in two of the last three rounds. Bagnaia won four consecutive races and finished second in the five races leading up to Japan. His third-place finish in Thailand is now his sixth MotoGP podium in the last seven rounds.

Aleix Espargaro entered the race third in the standings with a 25-point deficit to Quartararo, but was able to close the gap by only five after getting hit with a long-lap penalty for aggressive riding when he pushed Darryn Binder off course during a pass for position. Espargaro finished 11th.

Rain mixed up the Moto2 running order in the MotoGP Thai Grand Prix as well. Starting on a wet track, Somkiat Chantra led the opening lap in his home Grand Prix. He could not hold onto it and crashed one circuit later, but still gave his countrymen a moment of pride by winning the pole.

Half points were awarded as the race went only eight laps before Tony Arbolino crossed under the checkers first with Filip Salac and Aron Canet rounding out the podium.

American Joe Roberts earned another top-10 in eighth with Sean Dylan Kelly finishing just outside the top 10 in 11th.