2 APR 2024

Liberty Media acquires the global rights for the MotoGP

The acquisition of world’s leading motorcycle racing championship expands Liberty Media’s portfolio. Also, the transaction price represents enterprise value of €4.2 billion.

2 APR 2024

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The American company Liberty Media Corporation announced an agreement to acquire MotoGP. MotoGP is the pinnacle of two wheels, with 22 of the fastest riders competing on purpose-built prototype motorcycles. From the first season in 1949 that staged six rounds across Europe, the sport has grown to comprise more than 20 Grands Prix across five continents, with the television broadcast reaching hundreds of millions around the world.

This new agreement will see Dorna Sports S.L., the exclusive commercial and television rights holder of MotoGP, remain an independently run company attributed to Liberty Media’s Formula One Group tracking stock. Carmelo Ezpeleta, who has been CEO since 1994, will remain in his position and continue to run the business with his management team. Also, the business will remain based in Madrid. Dorna also holds exclusive rights to other motorcycle racing series, including MotoGP™ feeder series Moto2™ and Moto3™, the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Championship, the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship and the new FIM Women’s Circuit Racing World Championship.

Liberty Media will acquire approximately 86% of Dorna, with Dorna management retaining approximately 14% of their equity in the business. The transaction reflects an enterprise value for Dorna/MotoGP of €4.2 billion and an equity value of €3.5 billion, with MotoGP's™ existing debt balance expected to remain in place after close.

Greg Maffei, Liberty Media President and CEO highlighted the work of Carmelo Ezpeleta: "We are thrilled to expand our portfolio of leading live sports and entertainment assets with the acquisition of MotoGP.  It´s a global league with a loyal, enthusiastic fan base, captivating racing and a highly cash flow generative financial profile. Carmelo and his management team have built a great sporting spectacle that we can expand to a wider global audience. The business has significant upside, and we intend to grow the sport for MotoGP fans, teams, commercial partners and our shareholders," noted.

On his part, Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna, considered the deal as a milestone for the evolution of the competition: "This is the perfect next step in the evolution of MotoGP, and we are excited for what this milestone brings to Dorna, the MotoGP paddock and racing fans. We are proud of the global sport we’ve grown, and this transaction is a testament to the value of the sport today and its growth potential. Liberty Media has an incredible track record in developing sports assets and we could not wish for a better partner to expand MotoGP’s fanbase around the world," stated.