Channel 4 has stepped into the world of Superbikes by securing the highlight rights to the 2005 World Superbike Championship. The deal means that terrestrial viewers will get to see 90 minutes of programming from every round of the World Championship, with a regular late night broadcast on each Sunday that an event takes place.
An extended 1-hour highlights show will be broadcast within C4's Sunday night sport zone and there will also be an extra show broadcast the Sunday after, within the early morning zone at around 8am.
BHP SPORT, a production company with many years motorsport experience, will produce the highlights coverage. Each round will be presented from a London based studio, and, in the case of the British races, from the event itself. A presenter and guest pundit will introduce each round and Jonathan Green will provide the commentary.
David Kerr, Head of Sport says, "World Superbikes is a terrific spectacle and it will be great to watch a British World Champion defending his title. This is a genuinely exciting addition to our weekend output and we hope fans will enjoy our coverage.'
Steve Saint, Exec Producer at BHP says "BHP Sport are thrilled to be producing the highlights coverage for Channel 4. The World Superbike Championship not only enters a new era for British viewers, 2005 brings British Rider James Toseland, the defending World Champion, a personality the country can get behind".
Paolo Flammini, Chief Executive of FGSPORT, the company that owns the Rights and provides the World Feed says: " We are delighted to start a cooperation with Channel 4. Our agreement will keep a terrestrial window open to the British World Superbike fans and we really hope that this can be the first step of a wider involvement of Channel 4 in the future editions of our Series."
The first round of World Superbikes takes place in Qatar, Doha on Saturday February 26th and Channel 4 will screen 1-hour highlights on Sunday, February 27th after midnight. There will also be a chance to watch this again a week later and to see an introduction to the sport and its stars in a specially extended show that will begin at 7.30am the following Sunday.