Every MotoGP race will be broadcast in HD on BBC
BBC steps up coverage of 2012 MotoGP Championship with commitment to broadcast every race in pin-sharp HD
MotoGP fans can look forward to watching every race in crystal clear HD on the BBC in 2012.
Matt Roberts returns to anchor the Beeb's MotoGP coverage, with seasoned commentators Charlie Cox and Steve Parrish providing an insight into the action on track, while Azi Farni will have all the news and interviews from pit lane.
The action gets under way next weekend in Qatar, with the race live on the 'red button' from 7.30pm on Sunday, April 8 and repeated on BBC One and BBC One HD at 11.20pm.
Parrish said: "Cal Crutchlow carries the weight of British expectation on his shoulders, and his testing has gone well. He has convinced himself he will be better suited to the 1000cc bike, but we will see when we get to Qatar."
All 18 races will also be shown live on the BBC Sport website (UK users only).
The BBC's head of MotoGP, Ben Gallop, said: "We're excited to be able to offer the 2012 MotoGP season to fans in HD, and are looking forward to a very exciting year on the track. We're also really pleased to have the team of Matt, Charlie, Steve and Azi back together again to guide you all through it.
"As in previous years the season-opener in Qatar falls at a busy scheduling point, in prime-time on Sunday evening - so to give the race the full live coverage it deserves the red button is the most appropriate available place for us to run it."
The majority of the season will be live on BBC Two and HD, with the exception of the race at Assen, which will be live on the red button, with a re-run later.
Live MotoGP coverage will feature full pre-race build-ups and analysis, plus a 30-minute MotoGP Extra programme on the red button after the race, bringing immediate reaction from the experts and the riders themselves.
Live qualifying coverage of the 2012 MotoGP season, plus the Moto3 and Moto2 races, will all be available to view on the BBC red button and BBC online (UK users only).