Eurosport has confirmed it will continue to provide extensive television coverage of the World Superbike Championship into 2009.
With five British riders set to line-up on the grid for the opening round at Phillip Island, Australia, Eurosport are keen to capitalise on the increased level of interest that surrounds this year's title race.
As ever, weekend coverage will be extensive, with live action from both World Superbike races, as well as from the World Supersport Championship, where Cal Crutchlow and Eugene Laverty also provide local interest.
Tony Carter will continue to provide expert knowledge from the studio and be joined by a host of guests throughout the season, while James Whitham and Jack Burnicle will take up the microphone in the commentary booth.
For legendary motorcycle rider Whitham, the retirement of perennial favourite Troy Bayliss has thrown the title race wide open.
“I can't wait!”, said the former WSB rider. “This is set to be the most competitive season in 22 years with good, well established teams and any one of 10 riders capable of winning a round. It's hard to call and very unpredictable – there is no clear favourite.
“We have five Brits, all capable of winning races. Haslam will be up there come mid-season and Rea is also determined to impress. Shakey has the same bike as last year and knows the Ducati well. He won't have to get used to a new bike like the other British riders which is a major advantage.
“Japanese rider Nori Haga will take some beating as his team understand the track well and know all the settings to use for the circuit. But you don't know what to expect until the race starts. When the flag drops, the talking stops!”
British Eurosport will once again bring extensive coverage throughout to cover every moment of Shane Byrne, Leon Haslam, Jonathan Rea, Tom Sykes and Tommy Hill's progress.
“For British fans, this could be the most exciting season of World Superbikes ever, and we'll be making sure that our loyal viewers don't miss a thing on race weekends," added channel director David Kerr. "The big Brit contingent could attract lots of new viewers too and I'm hoping our fabulous commentary team and pundits will convert them to permanent devotees!”
Follow all the action from the 2009 WSB season opener in Phillip Island, Australia LIVE on Eurosport Saturday 28 Feb
1045-1200 Superpole on Eurosport 2
1630-1730 Highlights on Eurosport 2
2100-2215 Highlights on Eurosport Sunday 1 March
0100-0200 LIVE WSB Race 1 on Eurosport
0200-0300 LIVE WSS Race on Eurosport
0430-0530 LIVE WSB Race 2 on Eurosport
1030-1200 & 2130-2300 Highlights on Eurosport 2
1600-1830 Highlights on Eurosport