BT Sport announces 2014 MotoGP presenters

Coverage of the first race at Qatar five weeks from now

BT SPORT has released details of its presenters and commentators for the 2014 MotoGP season.

Having bought the rights to broadcast the race series from BBC, BT Sport will begin coverage of the first race in Qatar five weeks from now.

Melanie Sykes - a TV presenter and model - will present on race day, joined by BSB and WSBK champions Neil Hodgson and James Toseland.

Former Eurosport MotoGP commentator Julian Ryder will join former 500cc GP star Keith Huewen in the booth.

Presenter and journalist Gavin Emmett will act as BT Sport’s MotoGP reporter.

TV’s Craig Doyle and former Olympic Silver medal sprinter Iwan Thomas will also front a MotoGP follow-up show on a Tuesday night. The show will have special studio guests and be filmed with a live audience.

BT says it will provide the most extensive coverage of the sport that has ever been seen in the UK. Launching on 18 March, BT are airing a preview show featuring interviews with many of the riders and coverage from the pre-season tests.

BT will also be launching a MotoGP smartphone app allowing users to watch each race from seven different camera angles.

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."