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Exclusive: MotoGP & F1 share race weekends after Liberty buyout

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Liberty Media is set to buy MotoGP, adding the two-wheel premier series to their sporting portfolio that includes the Atlanta Braves and Formula 1 and aim to run double-header weekends.

In an exclusive preview of the plans, once MotoGP is acquired by Liberty, it will run for one year as is, then in 2026 the Formula 1 and MotoGP calendars will merge into one with the two-wheel brigade sharing weekends at some of the grandest venues in motorsport.

The 2025 and ’26 FIA signed-off F1 calendar remains largely as it is this year. This means MotoGP and F1 would be into their third rounds of the Championship having visited Bahrain, Jeddah and Melbourne – three tracks currently not approved by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) who govern two-wheel motorised sports much as the FIA does for cars and F1.

Ahead of the announcement expected later today, a spokesperson revealed exclusively to GrandPrix247: “While there are several race tracks on the calendar that are shared by both F1 and MotoGP, the majority do not and will need to be adapted for both disciplines running on the same days.

“The likes of COTA, Silverstone, Red Bull Ring, Barcelona and Lusail are already on the calendar and will be plug-and-play. Others will need work on to cater for MotoGP and F1 on the same weekend, with the street circuits such as Monaco, Baku, Miami, Las Vegas, Montreal, and Singapore providing our project with unique challenges.”

MotoGP on the streets of Monaco and all other tracks during F1 race weekend

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“Where there is a will and lots of money, there is a way as we shall reveal when the announcement is made. Namely futuristic ‘Rapid Inflatable Barrier Safety’ (R.I.B.S) technology that has been trialled by F1 and MotoGP world champions and several F1 drivers and MotoGP riders. All giving the state-of-the-art safety features a resounding thumbs up. This makes MotoGP at Monaco a reality.”

Regarding the structure of Grand Prix weekends with MotoGP injected into the weekend bills that already include Porsche Supercup, Formula 3, Formula 2 and at some races F1 Academy, the spokesperson revealed: “It’s all about content.

“The more races well managed, which every weekend will be, will keep fans entertained track-side and across our social media portals, including sporadic live coverage on Tik-Tok, full race weekend highlights on YouTube and Facebook. With clips on Instagram and Twitter and full coverage on pay-for F1TV, it makes for constant content on GP weekends.

“As mentioned, that’s all I can reveal ahead of the announcement today,” concluded the spokesperson for the F1 and MotoGP merger.

This report will be updated when the official news is available…