The wait is finally over and the light at the end of the tunnel is quickly getting closer and closer, the 2020 Bennetts British Superbike Championship is due to get underway this week with racing at Donington Park’s National circuit the venue for round one.
Plenty of uncertainty surrounded supporters being able to attend races in what will be a shortened season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to a new TV deal with Eurosport, you’ll be able to catch all the action from the comfort of your own home.
Recently the Discovery UK-owned channel announced a long-term deal with the Bennetts BSB Championship to give fans access to all the live action for a further seven years.
“To confirm this agreement within the very turbulent period we are all experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic is a tremendous statement of confidence for the BSB Championship,” said Series Director Stuart Higgs.
“Eurosport have been with us from day one of this most recent era of the championship, and now as part of the broader Discovery Group with access to their multiple platforms we can continue to grow our audience.”
“I am particularly pleased to improve our free-to-air offering with a selection of live events together on Quest.”
But where, when and how can you watch all the action during the 2020 campaign, well Bennetts BikeSocial has all the information for you, so you can set your reminders and never miss a beat.
Nothing will change in terms of where you can watch it for 2020, Eurosport will still have you covered with live action, but remember if you aren’t already a Sky TV, BT TV or Virgin Media customer, you’ll need to upgrade your package to be able to watch.
Now, if you don’t want to upgrade your package, or subscribe to either one of the three satellite companies, then you have another option; Eurosport Player. This online video streaming service is possibly the most cost-effective way of streaming all the live action. For the price of just £6.99 a month you’ll be able to enjoy all the BSB action across both Eurosport channels.
Also, in 2020 a selection of races will be shown live on free-to-air TV on Quest, channel 12 on Freeview, channel 144 on Sky and 169 on Virgin Media. So, you’re certainly spoilt for choice in terms of where you can watch all the action!
Once again it is business as usual in terms of highlights shows for 2020, ITV4 will show the best bits from each weekend in their hour long highlights package, aired the Wednesday after each race weekend at 8pm.
All shown on free-to-air TV, ITV4’s highlights show is another great way to catch the action from the weekend.
Not only will ITV4 show the best bits from the three superbike races each weekend, Eurosport also produce BSB Extra, giving fans who missed the support class races such as the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship, another chance to catch up with their own highlights show. You can catch this program on Monday evenings on Eurosport 2.
Everything is all change for 2020, new riders, new teams and a look calendar too, with 18 races across six race weekends.
If you haven’t already caught up with what the Championship will look like for 2020, then here is a quick recap.
Round 1: Donington Park (National) - 07 – 09 August (Triple-Header)
Round 2: Snetterton 300 - 21 – 23 August (Triple-Header)
Round 3: Silverstone National – 04 – 06 September (Triple-Header)
Round 4: Oulton Park – 18 – 20 September (Triple-Header)
Round 5: Donington Park GP – 02 – 04 October (Triple-Header)
Round 6: Brands Hatch GP – 16 – 18 October (Triple-Header)
The new look calendar also brings in a new look format for how the weekend will run, meaning more condensed and action-packed track activity.
So, Friday afternoon will see bikes on track, for a just one practice session, then Saturday is full on for the teams and riders alike, with FP2, qualifying and the first race all taking place.
Sunday’s will look much like they normally do, with morning warm-up and two races for the Bennetts BSB class.
But, how will this look like on TV? Will you be able to watch FP2 before qualifying? Well the answer will be yes.
Saturday’s coverage will start with FP2 at 10:00, followed by qualifying at 13:30 with race one penned in for 16:15.
Sunday’s live action will be as previous years, with coverage due to start around 12noon with six hours of live action for your entertainment.
If you are more of a radio buff and enjoy listen to the fantastic commentary from Fred Clarke and Larry Carter, then again, the team at Bennetts BSB have you covered with BSB Radio.
With full coverage off all the sessions from start to finish, with exclusive first word interviews from the man on the ground, Larry, you can listen in on the BSB website, or by downloading the Bennetts BSB app from the Apple App store or the Google Play store.
If you are a real Bennetts BSB fan, then you’ll be like us and get excited by watching the sector times of each rider as they pass through, and once again for 2020 that can happen.
TSL Timings will provide fans the opportunity to watch the session as it progresses on their website, keeping an eye on each and every lap time, or focussing on your favourite rider as the time ticks on.
This can be found at the usual place, or if you are a little unsure as to where to go, https://www.tsl-timing.com/Results/bsb/ is the place to be.
You can also keep fully up to date with Live Timing on the Bennetts BSB website and mobile app.
If you are like us and have twitchy feet waiting for the race season to get back underway, then why not get your racing fix with a number of biking films on Netflix and Amazon Prime.
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