The AMA Pro Motocross Series fires into life this weekend with the strongest line-up of Australians competing for some time. Three-time Australian Champion, Dean Ferris will make his debut with Monster Energy Yamaha, Hunter Lawrence will line up with Geico Honda in the MX2 class, while domestic racers Todd Waters and Wilson Todd have packed their bags in search of results in the USA.
It’s all looking bright for Australian race fans, apart from one thing. We can’t watch it. Yes, you read that correctly. Aussie motocross fans are being denied the opportunity to watch our athletes compete on the big stage.
We reached out to Emma Barnes, Director of Corporate Communications at ESPN Australia for comment.
“In relation to your question, that is correct, ESPN don’t have the rights to the series as we couldn’t come to an agreement with NBC Universal who hold the licensing rights to AMA Motocross. ”
Unfortunately for us, the NBC Gold Pass to watch the event isn’t available to Australian’s either without some VPN trickery.
We also reached out to Foxtel for comment without any response.
With so many motocross fans paying for the their sport packages purely for the motocross and supercross coverage (myself included) it’s a real kick in the teeth to miss watching the event in Australia. However, if you tune in later this week, you can catch the Johnsonvile ACL Cornhole Championships on ESPN, but you will not find the AMA Motocross Opener.