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BT Sport revs up its MotoGP coverage with preview show

BT has revealed details of its forthcoming MotoGP coverage.

The broadcaster has unveiled its “comprehensive coverage” of the 2014 FIM MotoGP World Championship, which will start with a special preview show on 18 March.

BT Sport has a five-year deal with Dorna Sports for exclusive rights to televise MotoGP starting from the 2014 season, with the opening race in Qatar on 23 March. 

Television presenter Melanie Sykes alongside MotoGP experts, former British and World Superbike Champions, Neil Hodgson and James Toseland, will present race weekends with BT Sport. 

BT Sport will be reuniting commentators Julian Ryder, previously Eurosport’s MotoGP commentator of more than 14 years will be joined by former British Champion and motorsport commentator, Keith Huewen, along with Motorcycle News chief grand prix correspondent, Matt Birt. 

MotoGP commentator and presenter Gavin Emmett will be BT Sport’s MotoGP reporter. 

The preview show will feature interviews with all the top riders and action from the key official pre-season tests. 

For each of the 19 race meetings in 2014, BT Sport will show the free practice and qualifying sessions live, full coverage of the Moto2 and Moto3 races and the elite MotoGP race across Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

It will be hosted on-site at each event with additional studio coverage from BT Sport’s studios at the Olympic Park in Stratford, East London.

A new hour-long programme, MotoGP Tonight, will be broadcast at 8pm on Tuesdays, after every Grand Prix weekend. BT Sport’s Craig Doyle and former Olympian and European and Commonwealth games 400 metres champion and biker, Iwan Thomas, will present the show. The pair will be joined by an selection of guests from the motorbike world. 

Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said: “It’s really exciting to be launching such a thrilling new sport on BT Sport, with a tremendous new team and what we believe will be a fresh approach to MotoGP and some fantastic new shows. 

“MotoGP is the top, two-wheeled motorsport. It’s massive in the UK and we’re heading into it at full throttle and following every second of the action. We’re sure we’ll appeal to committed fans, but we also think we will win over and welcome new fans to the sport.” 

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