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BT Sport's coverage of the FIM MotoGP World Championship - which it says will be the "most extensive" ever - is to begin on March 18th 2014.

A special preview show will launch motorbike racing on BT Sport, ahead of the opening race of the season in Qatar on March 23rd.

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TV presenter Melanie Sykes is to helm BT Sport's race weekend coverage, with able assistance from former British and World Superbike champions Neil Hodgson and James Toseland.

Julian Ryder, previously Eurosport's MotoGP commentator, will be joined by Keith Huewen and Matt Birt in the commentary box, with Gavin Emmett acting as BT Sport’s MotoGP reporter.

For each of the 19 race meetings in 2014, BT Sport will show the free practice and qualifying sessions live, plus full coverage of the Moto2 and Moto3 races.

And BT Sport is creating a second-screen MotoGP experience as part of the BT Sport app.

Viewers will be able to watch the main coverage and choose from seven other camera views - including four fitted to bikes, a helicopter view and live timing and tracking screens.

The app will also offer full race repeats, highlights, interviews and other features following each race.

In terms of supplementary TV coverage on the main BT Sport channels, a new hour-long programme - 'MotoGP Tonight' - will be broadcast at 8pm on Tuesdays after every Grand Prix weekend.

This will be presented by BT Sport's Craig Doyle and former European and Commonwealth Games 400 metres champion and biker Iwan Thomas.

Simon Green, Head of BT Sport, said it is "really exciting" to be launching a thrilling new sport on BT Sport with "a tremendous new team".

He claimed BT Sport will be taking a fresh approach to MotoGP, by launching 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," he stated.

"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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