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Grand Prix of Qatar: Live stream MotoGP online or watch on TV with BT Sport

Find out how to watch the Grand Prix of Qatar on TV or live stream the MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 races via the BT Sport app or BTSport.com in our preview of the first race of the season from Losail.

The wait is finally over and MotoGP is back on our screens!

BT Sport will be your exclusive home for Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP for at least the next four years and as ever we’ll be bringing you every lap from all 19 races this season.

Our coverage of the curtain raiser in Qatar starts on BT Sport 2 at 9.45am on Friday 16th March and we caught up Suzi Perry to find out exactly what viewers can expect.

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You will also be able to live stream every session from Losail via the BT Sport app and BTSport.com with the enhanced video player bringing you closer to the action than ever before on the digital platforms.

Subscribers will also be able to ride on-board with last season’s Rookie of the Year, Johann Zarco, in 360° VR on the BT Sport app.

And if you can't watch the action live, our spoiler-free page will be showing the races - without giving the results away - as soon as possible after their conclusion.

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Neil Hodgson's track guide

“Qatar is always a difficult one because it’s the first one of the year, so there’s lots of nervous anticipation and all the riders have trained hard through winter.

“There’s more pressure on this race because it’s the first time they’ve done a race start and the first time they’ve gone into the first corner together for several months – so that can lead to surprises.

“For me it’s always been a Ducati track, Dovi [Andrea Dovizioso] has finished second there for the last three years and should have won actually. With the killer instinct he developed last season I expect him to go well there again.

“It’s a very flat track and that makes it difficult because you’ve not got natural camber in the corners and that makes it easier to crash. It’s always dirty as well because it’s in the desert and sand blows over the track.

“Also because it’s a night race, the only one on the calendar, you get weird shadows due to the lights where you think someone is trying to come underneath you on corners and that makes it difficult.

“There’s no character to the track because you’re racing at night and you can’t see beyond the tyre wall so that’s why lots of riders make mistakes there!”

Qatar GP: Preview

It’s more than 10 years since the first MotoGP night race took place in the Qatar desert but the pre-race anticipation has not diminished one bit in the last decade.

After months of testing we finally get to see what the riders will be working with this year and get our first taste of what is to come over the next few months.

Maverick Vinales made a lightning start to his Yamaha career as he won here last year and will be hoping to repeat that result this time around.

Yamaha have won the last three premier class races in Losail - and five of the last six - but both Vinales and team-mate Valentino Rossi have voiced concerns about their 2018 package.

Ducati also have an impressive recent record here - Andrea Dovizioso has three consecutive runner-up spots to his name - and the circuit undoubtedly suits their impressive straight line speed.

Nobody has won in Losail more times than the man in the other half of the Ducati garage with Jorge Lorenzo boasting six career wins across all classes. Could the Spartan (check) be back in championship contention this year?

And talking of the MotoGP title, underestimate Marc Marquez at your peril. This is not one of the world champion’s stronger rounds and yet he has still won here twice before.

As ever, qualifying will crucial and making it into that first corner at the front of the pack could determine who is topping the podium come Sunday evening.

Grand Prix of Qatar: Broadcast details

Friday: Free Practice 1 & 2

  • 9:45am-2pm – Free Practice 1 (BT Sport 2)
  • 2pm-5.15pm – Free Practice 2 (BT Sport 2)

Saturday: Free Practice 3 & Qualifying

  • 10am-1pm – Free Practice 3 (BT Sport 2)
  • 1pm-5.30pm – Qualifying (BT Sport 2)

Sunday: Race Day

  • 10:30am-12:15pm – Warm-Ups (BT Sport 2)
  • 12:15pm-2pm – Moto3 Race (BT Sport 2)
  • 2pm-3.30pm – Moto2 Race (BT Sport 2)
  • 3.30pm-5pm – MotoGP Race (BT Sport 2)
  • 5pm-6pm – Chequered Flag (BT Sport 2)

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