British Eurosport confirms 2011 MotoGP deal

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Popular commentary duo Julian Ryder and Toby Moody will be back on screens again in 2011 after British Eurosport confirmed it had signed a new one-year agreement to show the MotoGP world championship next season.

The comprehensive package will include live coverage featuring practice and qualifying sessions for the 125cc class, Moto2 and MotoGP as well as the live 125cc and Moto2 races.

All 18 MotoGP races, starting in Qatar on March 20, will be screened in full but delayed by one hour after the start of the live race, as has been the case with British Eurosport since 2009. 

Eurosport UK’s Managing Director, David Kerr said: “Renewing our deal to broadcast MotoGP is great news for fans of the sport. We have been able to provide a very comprehensive package of coverage around race weekends which give them access to all the practices and qualifying in full.

"Motorcycle racing is an important part of Eurosport’s programming and I am pleased the loyal and passionate fans who follow our coverage can continue to do so to the same level in 2011.”

British Eurosport also has live and exclusive rights to the MCE British Superbike and World Superbike hampionships respectively.

The BBC will continue to show live coverage of all 18 MotoGP races in 2011, though no details have yet been released about its commentary team.

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt