Sky adds Superbike rights to MotoGP coverage in Italy
By Simon Ward
Sky Italia, the Italian pay-television broadcaster, has concluded a deal to acquire the domestic rights to motorcycling’s Superbike World Championship.
The three-year agreement with series promoter Dorna Sports includes full live coverage of the top-tier World Superbike class and support series World Supersport and World Supersport 300.
The racing will be shown on the Sky Sport MotoGP channel, already the Italian home of motorcycling’s premier international series, and there will also be live coverage of all 13 World Superbike rounds on Sky’s free-to-air channel TV8, through to 2021, with the channel to be on-site for the Italian events at Imola and Misano.
Commercial broadcaster Mediaset was the previous home of Superbike racing in Italy, showing all World Superbike and World Supersport events live.
The 2019 Motul FIM Superbike World Championship gets under way with the first round at Phillip Island in Australia on 23 and 24 February.
The Imola event is scheduled for 11 and 12 May and the Misano round for 22 and 23 June.
The live coverage on Sky and TV8 will be complemented by news, highlights, magazine programmes and updates on the Sky Sport 24 news channel, the Sky Sport website at skysport.it, the app and Sky Sport social media channels, and the option to follow the action out of home via the Sky Go service.
Last July, Sky Italia extended its MotoGP deal by three years, to 2021, in an arrangement that entails full live coverage on Sky Sport MotoGP plus six live races, and delayed same-day coverage of the other 13, on TV8 in 2019