Find out how millions of fans around the world get to see the race unfold.


Oriol Puigdemont has been a motorsports journalist since 2004, covering different race categories such as MotoGP, Formula 1 and Dakar Rally. Not many people get to go ‘behind the scenes’ at a MotoGP event with one of the world’s largest telecommunications specialists, Tata Communications.

As a fan of the sport, and someone who makes a point of trying to keep up with technology, I thought I might have an idea of what was required to set up a live control centre and broadcast the action around the world. But, you can honestly only begin to appreciate the size and scale of the logistics needed, by seeing something like this first-hand. And I was fortunate enough to have that exclusive access at the Italian Grand Prix. I visited the Tata Communications control centre at the Mugello Circuit in Tuscany, Italy, just hours before the race was due to start.

My remit was to find out how millions of fans around the world got to see the race unfold. This is a story about what goes on behind the scenes; the vast, almost mind-blowing technology that works in the background to make it happen.

MotoGP – The oldest motorsports championship in existence is also the most exciting in the world. MotoGP has been thrilling race fans since 1949 when it was inaugurated as the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix, and is constantly winning new fans as it continues to expand around the globe. Dorna Sports is the exclusive commercial and television rights holder of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MotoGP), along with WorldSBK.