The Dorna WSBK Organization (DWO) is pleased to announce that television coverage of the MOTUL FIM World Superbike Championship will reach new audiences and new territories for the 2022 season. The new channels have agreed to broadcast the championship for the fastest production bike in the world, and significant partnerships have been expanded, providing enthusiasts with the ultimate experience.
Eurosport remains one of the major broadcasters as the channel will offer WorldSBK across Europe, in 54 countries (including 31 exclusively on Eurosport). Fans will have the opportunity to follow the progress of the fight for the title. Eurosport UK will cover each event with its individual content for audiences in the UK and Ireland to follow Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) to reclaim his place on the throne. Fans can enjoy the full 46-minute program on ITV in the UK for free, as the British broadcaster has extended its deal to 2023.
Sky Sport in Italy will provide live coverage of all three classes until 2025, so Italian fans will be able to follow Aruba.it Racing – or even the Ducati title race with the return of lvaro Bautista and second year old Michael Ruben Rinaldi. That’s the return of Bologna Factory to WorldSSP, a category in which rookies such as Nicolo Bulga (Aruba.It Racing – Ducati) and Lorenzo Baldassari (Ivan Brothers WorldSSP Yamaha Team) will act.
In Spain, fans can enjoy shows on Spain’s national television network, RTVE, and its dedicated sports channel Teledeporte, as well as on DAZN. The season-opening round will be held at Motorland Aragon and the WorldSBK paddock will return to the Barcelona circuit in September. lvaro Bautista Panigale will look to win his first title on the handlebars of the V4R, while Team HRC will count on Iker Lecuona and Xavi Wirj, both Spaniards and both rookies. Portuguese fans will not miss the broadcast on Sport TV as well. WorldSBK will visit Portugal not once but twice in 2022, Estoril in May and Portimao in October. Visitors to Gibraltar will be able to watch WorldSBK on GIB Telecom.
In Germany, WorldSBK will be shown on ServusTV and their online platform servustv.com/sport. Fans will then be able to follow the progress of Scott Redding, the new BMW Motorrad WorldSBK recruit, as well as the debut campaign of Philipp Ttl (Team Goeleven). ServusTV will offer WorldSBK, WorldSSP and WorldSSP300 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. So the Swiss will be able to follow Dominic Egerter (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) who is trying to win a second consecutive title at WorldSSP. In the Netherlands, Michael van der Mark’s season can be followed on Ziggo Sport, where viewers can watch a 46-minute highlights show.
One of the main innovations in Europe this season is the rise of WorldSBK in Turkey, thanks to the coronation of Toprak Razgatlioग्लूlu (Pata Yamaha with BRICS WorldSBK). SSport joins the list of broadcasters in the country along with TRT Sport (Turkish National Television Network), and will broadcast all seasons in all categories.
After the return of the Czech Republic round in 2021, Nova Sport and Voyo will continue to broadcast all three categories in the Czech Republic and will be available in Slovakia at Canal a Slovenia. In Hungary, Arena4 continues to air WorldSBK, while it will be RTL in Luxembourg and RTBF Auvio in Belgium to follow the second season of Loris Cresson (TPR Team Pedercini Racing).
Following Indonesia’s return to the WorldSBK calendar at the Mandalika circuit last year, fans can enjoy the show on Trans7. SpoTV Now will have WorldSBK headquarters in South Korea, Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam, with special broadcasts of the round. from Indonesia. J-Sport will air in Japan until 2024 due to a new agreement. The Japanese will then be able to follow Kohta Nozen (GRT GYTR Yamaha WorldSBK Team) in WorldSBK and Yuta Okaya (MTM Kawasaki) in WorldSSP300. Eurosport will also broadcast in several Central Asian countries including Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
North and South America
Broadcast agreements in North America remain unchanged. WorldSBK continues on the NBC Sports Network. REV TV will continue to broadcast the WorldSBK race as well as a 46-minute recap produced after each race in Canada. In Latin America, a major change has taken place as ESPN will consolidate WorldSBK’s experience in all countries in the region, except Mexico and Brazil. As for Brazil, it is also reported that WorldSBK will be broadcast on Bandsports TV, Motorsports Landmark which broadcasts F1, Nascar and MXGP and many more.
Middle East, North Africa and Oceania
Fans in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) will be able to enjoy WorldSBK on beIN Sports after the successful 2021 reaching new audiences in the region. Eurosport will also broadcast events live and exclusively in Lebanon and Israel. SuperSport will continue its pan-African coverage throughout 2022 and until the end of 2024.
In Oceania, Fox Sports will still show WorldSBK in Australia, while highlights will be shown on SBS. The 2022 season will mark the return of the Australian round to Phillip Island after a two-year absence and fans will also be able to taste the return of a Bayliss as Ollie Bellis (Bernie Spark Racing Team) racing in World Supersport. As would his compatriot Ben Curry (Motozoo by Puccietti Racing). Sky Sport will broadcast the 2022 season in New Zealand, with a new contract until 2024.
Fans around the world will be able to follow every moment of the 2022 season with WorldSBK VideoPass, which allows viewers to enjoy uninterrupted live coverage of every season and vast historical archives in every category. Thanks to Tissot, there is live timing available on the WorldSBK app that you can download for free!
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