The MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship roars into action this weekend at one of Britain’s most exciting circuits – the famous Brands Hatch circuit in Kent.
This year’s championship has been dubbed ‘The War for Four’ with defending champion Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne going up against returning hero Ryuichi Kiyonari for a record-breaking fourth title to become BSB’s most decorated rider.
British Eurosport will broadcast live coverage from all 12 race meetings during the 2013 season with free-to-air highlights on ITV.
The British Superbike Championship continues to assert itself as the greatest domestic bike series in the world and a producer of some of the sport’s hottest properties.
Kiyonari and Byrne have established themselves as legends in the sport in recent years with Shakey winning titles in 2003, 2008 and 2012, while Kiyo struck gold in 2006, 2007 and 2010.
Statistically, Kiyo already has the upper hand with a total of 43 race wins – just two more than Byrne.
Kiyonari will be joined at Samsung Honda by the exciting 22-year-old Alex Lowes who had a superb 2012. Lowes secured his first BSB victories at the Showdown race at Silverstone.
Other contenders for the title include two-time runner-up Josh Brookes.
The Australian, who has the nickname ‘Bad Boy Brookes’, finished second to Byrne last year and is desperate to finally get his hands on the title.
Meanwhile, fans favourite James Ellison will lead the title charge for the Milwaukee Yamaha team after a frustrating 2012 in MotoGP.
Ellison was a title contender in 2010 until a crash effectively ended any chances in the Championship and also finished runner-up in 2009.
The international field will also feature two domestic double champions as Italy’s Matteo Baiocco bids for success for Rapido Sport Racing Ducati and Australia’s Josh Waters makes his debut for Milwaukee Yamaha.
This season will once again see riders head to the Assen circuit in Netherlands for the first event of the Showdown Series at the end of the year.
The TT Circuit Assen is considered the most historic motorcycle racing circuit in the world, having hosted the premier class World Championship every year since 1949 and it is acknowledged as ‘The Cathedral’ of motorcycling.
In addition to the BSB races at all 12 meetings there will be a wealth of top class support races to enjoy, including the thrilling Motorpoint British Supersport Championship.
British Superbikes is famed for its close and dramatic racing.
A control tyre from Pirelli and tightly managed regulations ensures the grid is evenly matched with battles throughout the field.
Some of the sport’s greatest riders will battle wheel-to-wheel as they push to the limit for championship glory.
Details of how to follow the first BSB meeting of 2013 on British Eurosport & ITV below:
British Eurosport – the ‘Home of Bikes’ on UK television – will broadcast exclusive live coverage of every round of the 2013 British Superbike Championship season.
Tony Carter will present the live race day coverage throughout the season, the majority of which will air on British Eurosport 2, including every BSB race as well a top class action from various support series.
Commentary will be provided by the regular pairing of Jack Burnicle and James Whitham.
Former superbike rider James Haydon will be on hand to provide analysis and conduct pre and post-race interviews during British Eurosport’s live coverage.
Regular highlights programmes covering the BSB and support series action will be shown after the event on both British Eurosport channels.
All of British Eurosport’s coverage will be available to watch in stunning high-definition.
ITV will continue to be the free-to-air home of British Superbikes in 2013.
Extended free-to-air highlights of each BSB meeting will be shown on ITV4 and ITV4 HD on the Tuesday evening following each race day.
A further showing will follow on the main ITV network a week after each event and will be broadcast late on Sunday evenings.
James Haydon will again introduce each of the one-hour highlights programme throughout the season with commentary provided by the Eurosport team of Jack Burnicle and James Whitham.
Each ITV highlights show will available to watch online via ITV Player.
Round 1 – Brands Hatch Indy Sunday 7th April MCE British Superbikes: Race Day LIVE: 11.30am-4.45pm – British Eurosport 2 Highlights: 7.25pm-9.00pm – British Eurosport 2 Tuesday 8th April British Superbike Championship: Brands Hatch Indy Highlights: 8.00pm-9.00pm – ITV4 Thursday 9th April BSB Extra: Support Race Highlights Highlights: 2.00pm-3.00pm – British Eurosport Sunday 14th April British Superbike Championship: Brands Hatch Indy Highlights: 2.55am-3.45am – ITV .
Brands Hatch Indy (April 7) 11:50 – Pirelli National Superstock 600 (22 laps)
12:45 – MCE British Superbikes: Race 1 (30 laps) 13:30 – Triumph Triple Challenge (15 laps) 14:10 – Pirelli National Superstock 1000 (24 laps) 14:55 – Motorpoint British Supersport (26 laps) 15:45 – MCE British Superbikes: Race 2 (30 laps) . .
April 5-7 Brands Hatch Indy – Round 1 April 12-14 Thruxton – Round 2 May 4-6 Oulton Park – Round 3 June 14-16 Knockhill – Round 4 July 5-7 Snetterton 300 – Round 5 July 19-21 Brands Hatch GP – Round 6 August 9-11 Oulton Park – Round 7 August 24-26 Cadwell Park – Round 8 September 6-8 Donington Park – Round 9 September 20-22 TT Circuit Assen – Round 10 (Showdown) October 4-6 Silverstone GP – Round 11 (Showdown) October 18-20 Brands Hatch GP – Round 12 (Showdown) For more information on the 2013 BSB season visit the official website: britishsuperbike.com