To celebrate the start of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship, broadcasters British Eurosport has announced it will televise a series of classic races ahead of this year's events.

As before, British Eurosport will offer live coverage of all practice and qualifying sessions for the three classes, as well as show the Moto2 and 125cc races live.

But now in the hour-long delay before the MotoGP race is aired on the channel you can watch some of the best on-track battles from the last 25 years, as chosen by commentators Toby Moody and Julian Ryder. British Eurosport will then televise the delayed MotoGP race as planned.

With Valentino Rossi's much anticipated debut with Ducati approaching, the first classic race to be shown will, appropriately enough, be the 2004 South African GP in Welkom when the Italian last ventured into the unknown with Yamaha following his switch from Honda.

The full list of classic races to be shown on British Eurosport:

March 20th - Qatar GP - 2004 Welkom GP, South Africa
April 24th - Japan GP - 2006 Istanbul GP, Turkey
May 1st - Portuguese GP - 2006 Estoril GP, Portugal
June 5th - Catalunya GP - 2009 Catalunya GP, Spain
June 25th - Dutch GP - 1991 Assen GP, Netherlands
July 24th - United States GP - 2008 Laguna Seca GP, US
August 14th - Czech GP - 2005 Donington Park GP, UK
July 28th - Indianapolis GP - 2006 Sachsenring, Germany
September 18th - Aragon GP - 2005 Jerez GP, Spain
October 16th - Australian GP - 1989 Phillip Island GP, Australia
October 23rd - Malaysian GP - 2006 Sepang GP, Malaysia
November 6th - Valencia GP - 2006 Valencia GP, Spain



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