ITV to screen World Superbike highlights

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ITV have announced an eleventh hour deal to screen highlights of the 2016 World Superbike series, as they further expand their already comprehensive motorcycling highlights package.

The free-to-air channel will kick off tonight at 8pm, with a one-hour highlights package utilising the world feed commentary team of Greg Haines and former MCN reporter Steve English.

The deal means that ITV now holds the rights to show highlights to all of motorcycling’s biggest racing, with WSBK joining MotoGP, the MCE British Superbike championship, and their award-winning Isle of Man TT coverage.

ITV’s Director of Sport Niall Sloane said: “I’m delighted ITV4 will be able to bring viewers high-octane action from this major motorcycling championship. This new deal adds to the wealth of free-to-air coverage of motorsport we’re able to bring fans throughout the year.”

“It’s fantastic news for us that WorldSBK will be shown on ITV4,” added Manel Arroyo, Managing Director of TV and Media Area, Dorna Sports. “ITV4 is the home of roadracing highlights in the UK. With MotoGP shown on the channel since 2015 and now WorldSBK to follow, having an experienced broadcast partner like ITV4 is another great step forward for WorldSBK, and is great news for the many fans who live in the UK.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer