Is Dorna fooling its customers for the second time after 2020?
Last year, the corona pandemic not only put teams, drivers and fans to a tough test, but almost all of humanity. In addition, there was the problem with Red Bull Media for TV consumers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Instead of Sport1 and Eurosport before, their stations introduced a catastrophic narrow-gauge program from 2019 after taking over the TV rights for the German-speaking countries. For the first time in over 10 years there was no live broadcast of training sessions and warm-ups. Since the Qatar GP in 2019, the Austrians have only shown around 30 percent of the action on the track live. The only exception to this is their home race, which is not very exciting for the fans due to the boring layout in Spielberg. But it looks like they won’t be the only ones fooling their customers in the coming season.
MotoGP season begins behind closed doors
On March 2nd, Dorna subdued reported that “the track action on March 5th, 6th, 7th, 10th, 11th and 12th will not be shown live”. In view of the fact that this was originally promised to subscribers to the video pass, which is sinfully expensive at 140 euros (minus 1 cent so that it looks like cheaper discounters) annual bonus, a slap in the face of every buyer. The MotoGP rights holder had already annoyed his customers last year. Due to the corona pandemic, content was suddenly unlocked for everyone who hadn’t paid a cent for it. Many subscription holders wrote to us asking what this was for. We asked Dorna and only received an insignificant standard mail in response. The same is now also for 2021, when it again looks like many customers are likely to feel tremendously cheated again.
Even with a monthly subscription, anything but a bargain
Incidentally, the video pass costs 30 euros (minus 1 cent) for one month. If you look at the month of July with just one race, an almost unbelievably high price. For comparison: Eurosport offers a monthly pass for € 6.99, which includes all the sports offered by this broadcaster. In the Netherlands this means that a subscriber paid less than a quarter than at Dorna and included MotoGP! If the Red Bull broadcaster Servus TV didn’t offend fans as it has since 2019, this would not be such a problem in German-speaking countries.
The questionable MotoGP calendar for 2021
After the Grand Prix of Argentina and Texas were canceled as we announced on November 6th, 2020, numerous changes can still be expected. Races like Assen and Sachsenring are rather questionable and unrealistic without spectators, as already became clear in the first Corna year 2020. In addition, of course, all overseas Grand Prix, which we also clarified last year. At that time, like many journalists, Dorna still dreamed of a “return to normality”. However, as early as April 2020, experts had warned that this “normality” would not exist for years to come. Even so, this has been completely ignored by countless politicians and journalists. A prime example of this is “Shorty”, Mr. Kurz from Austria, who has been constantly embarrassing himself for months. The Federal Chancellor from the Alpine republic went from being a showcase figure to being a joke, to name just one example.