This weekend MotoGP heads to the world-famous Le Mans circuit in France for the seventh round of the season. Fans in the UK will be able to catch the race at 1pm on BT Sport 2, while those on the US West Coast can watch at 5am, and those on the East Coast at 8am.

Of course, you want to know how to watch, 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 Grand Prix de France MotoGP race start time?

  • Sunday 15 May at 2pm local time (1pm 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 are BST, not local time - for local times, scroll down for the full schedule).

  • Friday 13 May Free practice 1: 8.55-9.40am, Free practice 2: 13.10-13.55pm
  • Saturday 14 May Free practice 3: 8.55-9.40am; Qualifying: 13.10-13.50pm
  • Sunday 3 April Warmup: 8.40-9am; Race start - 1pm

Here are the start times around the world:

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Here's the full schedule for the weekend (all times GMT -4):

Friday 13th
09:00-09:40 Moto3 FP1
09:55-10:35 Moto2 FP1
10:50-11:35 MotoGP FP1
 
13:15-13:55 Moto3 FP2
14:10-14:50 Moto2  FP2
15:05-15:50 MotoGP  FP2

Saturday 14th
09:00-9:40 Moto3 FP3
09:55-10:40 MotoGP FP3
10:55-11:35 Moto2 FP3
 
12:35-12:50 Moto3 Q1
13:00-13:15 Moto3 Q2

13:30-14:00 MotoGP FP4
14:10-14:25 MotoGP Q1
14:35-14:50 MotoGP Q2

15:10-15:25 Moto2 Q1
15:35-15:50 Moto2 Q2

Sunday 15th

9:00-9:10 Moto3 Warm Up
9:20-9:30 Moto2 Warm Up
9:40-10:00 MotoGP Warm Up
11:00 Moto3 Race
12:20 Moto2 Race
14:00 MotoGP Race

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 were available on ITV4 last year, but there's no sign of them this year from ITV or any other free-to-air channel.

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 will show 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 here
  • Australia: Fox Sports, 10
  • Canada: beIN Sports
  • Africa: SuperSport
  • Asia: Fox Sports
  • Belgium: Canal +
  • Benelux: Eurosport
  • Brazil: Fox Sports
  • Czech Republic Slovakia: Nova Sport
  • France: C8
  • Germany: Servus TV
  • Greece: CosmoteTv
  • Indian Subcontinent: OSport
  • Indonesia: Trans7
  • Italy: Sky
  • Japan: G+
  • Japan: Hulu
  • Latina America: ESPN
  • Mexico: ESPN2
  • Netherlands: Ziggo Sport
  • Poland: Polsat Sport
  • Portugal: Sport TV
  • Russia: motorsport.tv
  • Spain: DAZN
  • Sweden: ViaSat
  • Switzerland: SRF
  • Thailand: 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.

How to watch MotoGP in 2022

It costs 199.99€ which is approximately £168/US$226. 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.

Round

Race Date

Start time

Country

Circuit

1

6 March

3pm GMT

Qatar

Losail

2

20 March

7am GMT

Indonesia

Mandalika

3

3 April

7pm BST

Argentina

Termas de Rio Hondo

4

10 April

8pm BST

USA

Circuit of the Americas

5

24 April

2pm BST

Portugal

Portimao

6

1 May

1pm BST

Spain

Jerez

7

15 May

1pm BST

France

Le Mans

8

29 May

1pm BST

Italy

Mugello

9

5 June

1pm BST

Spain

Catalunya

10

19 June

1pm BST

Germany

Sachsenring

11

26 June

1pm BST

Netherlands

Assen

12

10 July

1pm BST

Finland

Kymiring

13

7 August

2pm BST

Great Britain

Silverstone

14

21 August

1pm BST

Austria

Red Bull Ring

15

4 September

1pm BST

Italy

Misano

16

18 September

1pm BST

Spain

Motorland

17

25 September

7am BST

Japan

Motegi

18

2 October

9am BST

Thailand

Chang

19

16 October

4am BST

Australia

Phillip Island

20

23 October

8am BST

Malaysia

Sepang

21

6 November

1pm BST

Spain

Ricardo Tormo

Is Valentino Rossi racing in 2022?

Rossi won't be racing this year. He retired at the end of the 2021 season after 25 years in MotoGP.

Fabio Quartararo - the Frenchman who won the 2021 championship - will be back to defend his title in 2022, though.