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BBC Sport will show the 2012 MotoGP season in HD for the first time, with all 18 races live across the BBC.
Australian Casey Stoner won the 2011 title and starts as favourite again, although with the bikes increasing in size to 1,000cc this year things could all change.
Matt Roberts returns to your screens to present all the 2012 action, and he will once again be joined by seasoned commentators Charlie Cox and Steve Parrish, with Azi Farni bringing all the news and interviews from the pit-lane.
Coverage starts in Losail, Qatar, with the race shown on 8 April at 1930 BST, live on the Red Button and repeated at 2320 BST on BBC One and BBC One HD.
BBC motorcycling commentator
"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 1,000cc 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)....more
I was asked a question on Twitter last week by @robostarred, who said this: "Is MotoGP a credible sport now? Given [there are] only 3 manufacturers left, and road bikes [are] now being used."
It is an interesting and a contentious question that is being asked as much inside the paddock - from riders to journalists - as it is among fans, as premier-class grand prix motorcycle racing moves away from 100% prototype racing in 2012.
However, the first thing to point out is that the Claiming Rule Team (CRT) bikes that are being prepared in readiness for next season - the ones that will fill the grid in the not-too-distant future - are certainly not road bikes.
They remain largely prototypes, albeit currently with tuned Superbike engines, and although they have made a predictably slow start to life in testing with inexperienced riders on board, they will soon be lapping quicker than any production model at most circuits.
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