Dorna hails record broadcast coverage for World Superbikes
Motorcycling’s Motul FIM Superbike World Championship has got under way with a record number of broadcasters providing coverage around the world, according to Dorna Sports, the promoter of the series.
The 2020 WorldSBK season started at Philip Island in Australia at the weekend, with an extensive line-up of broadcasters for the scheduled 13 rounds.
Eurosport, the Discovery-owned pan-European sports broadcaster, retains rights in 51 countries, notably the UK, where there is live on-site commentary of all races on British Eurosport.
UK commercial broadcaster ITV will offer a 46-minute highlights show after each event.
Northern Ireland’s Jonathan Rea of Kawasaki has been WorldSBK champion for the last five years.
Manel Arroyo, managing director at Dorna Sports, said: “The 2020 season is set to be one of the most unpredictable, with new teams, five factory manufacturers and more nationalities in the Championship, it is important to showcase the international diversity across classes. Last year, we reached more fans through TV coverage than any other season and that is the target again for 2020.”
Italian fans are able to watch every round live on TV8, the free-to-air channel of pay-TV operator Sky Italia, which has full coverage of all classes, plus in-depth highlights and news.
Meanwhile, in Spain, all classes are being showcased on free-to-air national broadcaster RTVE, while Esport3 will broadcast the rounds in the Catalonia region. In addition, OTT sports subscription service DAZN will provide live and on-demand coverage.
Coverage of the season in Portugal will be provided by SportTV, while German, Austrian and Swiss fans will be able to catch the series via Red Bull's free-to-air television channel ServusTV.
Pay-TV broadcaster SSport will continue to provide coverage in Turkey for two more years, while Middle Eastern and North African fans will be provided coverage by pay-television operator BeIN Sports.
The championship’s new partnership with US broadcaster NBC Sports is set to take World Superbikes action to over 90 million homes, with six races to be streamed on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. Motorsport TV, the OTT platform, will offer the series in Canada for the first time.
Latin American coverage will be led by pay-TV broadcaster Fox Sports, with DAZN having rights in Brazil.
In Asia, Indonesian fans will be able to watch the series for the first time via pay-television broadcaster Mola TV, while pay-TV broadcaster JSports and Fox Sports Asia will offer coverage in Japan and Fox Sports in Australia.
The subscription WorldSBK VideoPass, offering live and on-demand HD coverage of all rounds is available worldwide.