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Formula 1 owner Liberty Media announces takeover of MotoGP parent company Dorna

Leading motorsport championships, Formula 1 and MotoGP, are both set to be owned by Liberty Media from the end of this year; watch the Japanese Grand Prix this weekend with every session live on Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event with the race itself at 6am on Sunday

MotoGP and F1 will have the same owners from the start of next year
Image: MotoGP and F1 will have the same owners from the start of next year

Formula 1's owner Liberty Media has announced a takeover of MotoGP's parent company Dorna.

Liberty Media bought F1 from CVC Capital Partners in 2017, a deal which saw Bernie Ecclestone removed as chief executive of Formula One Group, and is now taking over motorbikes premier series, MotoGP.

The acquisition is expected to be completed by the end of 2024, subject to clearances and approvals by law authorities.

Liberty Media will acquire approximately 86 per cent of Dorna, with Dorna management retaining approximately 14 per cent of their equity.

The transaction reflects an enterprise value of 4.2 billion euros (£3.6bn) for Dorna/MotoGP and an equity value of 3.5 billion euros (£3bn).

"Moto GP is a global league with a loyal, enthusiastic fan base, captivating racing and a highly cash flow generative financial profile," said Liberty Media president and CEO Greg Maffei.

"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."

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Greg Maffei
Image: Liberty Media president and CEO Greg Maffei

Dorna will stay an independently run company attributed to Liberty Media's Formula One Group tracking stock and continue to be based in Madrid, with long-serving Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta remaining in his position.

"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," Ezpeleta said.

Dorna Sports, which was roughly 40 per cent owned by British private investment company Bridgepoint Group, also promotes the World Superbike Championship and all-electric MotoE.

The deal has been on the cards for weeks, with Sky News revealing in March that Liberty were in talks to buy Dorna Sports

Uniting MotoGP and F1 under common ownership would provide Liberty Media with the opportunity to extract financial and commercial synergies.

Sky Sports F1's live Japanese GP schedule

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Look back at some of the most memorable moments to have taken place at the Japanese Grand Prix

Thursday April 4
4.30am: Drivers' press conference

Friday April 5
3am: Japanese GP Practice One (session starts at 3.30am)*
6.45am: Japanese GP Practice Two (session starts at 7am)*

8.15am: The F1 Show*
10am: Japanese GP Practice One replay
11.30am: Japanese GP Practice Two replay

Saturday April 6
3.15am: Japanese GP Practice Three (session starts at 3.30am)*
6am: Japanese GP Qualifying build-up*
7am: Japanese GP Qualifying*
9am: Ted's Qualifying Notebook*
9.30am: Japanese GP Qualifying replay

Sunday April 7
5am: Grand Prix Sunday Japanese GP build-up*
8am: Chequered Flag: Japanese GP reaction*
9am: Ted's Notebook*
9.30am: Japanese Grand Prix highlights*
10.30am: Japanese Grand Prix replay

*also live on Sky Sports Main Event

Formula 1's biggest ever season continues with the Japanese Grand Prix, live on Sky Sports F1 from April 5-7. Stream every F1 race and more with a NOW Sports Month Membership - No contract, cancel anytime

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