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MOTOGP NEWS 

BT Sport replaces BBC as MotoGP's UK TV broadcaster

Valentino Rossi, Yamaha, Austin MotoGP 2013BT Sport has acquired an exclusive five-year deal to broadcast MotoGP in the UK, taking over from the BBC from the 2014 season.

All grands prix, qualifying and practice sessions will be shown live under the new deal, which was confirmed at a presentation in London's Olympic Park on Thursday.

BT Sport also plans to host full coverage of both Moto2 and Moto3.

In addition to full race coverage, it will also operate a 'second screen' function, giving viewers the chance to watch races from riders' on-board cameras.

MotoGP commercial chief Carmelo Ezpeleta had previously stressed the importance of free to air TV, but said BT Sport was better positioned to bring viewers an increased level of coverage and interaction.

"We were looking for a partner to increase the visibility of our sport, and I think BT is the best place to develop in the future," he said.

"The market has changed, and the possibilities with BT are amazing. A big audience used to be the most important factor; now customers want more.

"The BBC were very good to us, but this is exactly like the switch from 500s - we need to have something capable of growing with us."

While exact scheduling plans are yet to be decided, BT confirmed it plans at the least to show every session live via its new BT Sport App.

The commentary and presenting teams are also yet to be confirmed, but BT plans to include ex-professionals among its panel. Coverage will be hosted on-site with additional studio content from the new Olympic Park facility.

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