In a move certain to boost the British Superbike Championship's already considerable credibility, Dorna Sports S.L. - the commercial rights holder for MotoGP - will take over BSB commercial rights from 2004 to 2008.

"The British Superbike Championship has reached its pinnacle in the UK since being created nine years ago and it is of prime importance for the Motorcycle Circuit Racing Control Board to see its long term future and stability guaranteed and broadened to a wider market," explained company chairman Dennis Carter.

"We firmly believe Dorna Sports can achieve this and are delighted to have made this agreement with the Grand Prix World Championship rights holders," he added.

Three former BSB champions - Shane Byrne (2003), Neil Hodgson (2000) and Troy Bayliss (1999) - will be present on the 2004 MotoGP grid, and the news that Dorna will now be involved in both series means that the route to GP stardom may now become much easier for British based competitors.

"The British Superbike Championship is highly regarded as one of the best national motorcycle racing series in the world, and we are delighted to become the long term promoter to further enhance its profile and importance," stated Carmelo Ezpeleta, chief executive officer of Dorna Sports (pictured).

It is not known if, as part of enhancing BSB's "profile and importance", Dorna plans to take the series to Europe - and/or make it a support class at some MotoGPs - in the near future.

From its inception in 1995, through to 1999, BSB was promoted by Two Four Sports, before the Octagon-based BMP took over commercial operations until the end of last season.

This year, BSB will boast factory supported teams from Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Ducati.



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