Fans of the mi-bike Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike Championship, presented by Motul (ASBK) will be glued to their television screens for three days of enthralling action during the upcoming fourth round at Hidden Valley, with the Championship announcing an extensive live TV package.
Fans will be treated to live coverage of every practice and qualifying session on Fox Sports Australia. The Saturday and Sunday ASBK race action will also feature as part of Channel 7’s free-to-air coverage of the Repco Supercars Championship Merlin Darwin Triple Crown.
This means ASBK fans will be able to closely follow the strategies employed by teams as they come to grips with Darwin’s hot conditions during practice, soak up the tension as riders explore the limits of their machines during qualifying, and then be captivated by epic, wheel-to-wheel combat during the weekend’s trio of 16-lap races.
The broadcast coverage will be produced by Supercars Television, internationally acclaimed for its coverage of motorsport events, and Repco Supercars Championship General Manager of Television and Content Nathan Prendergast said the bikes will add to the Darwin TV spectacle.
“Supercars is delighted to have the Australian Superbike Championship back on the program for the Northern Territory race,” Prendergast said.
“Darwin is a favourite on the calendar and the inclusion of the Superbikes delivers more excitement for viewers at the track and watching the Broadcast on FOX and Seven.
“To bring back the two plus four combination of Superbikes and Supercars is a great innovation by the NT government and we are excited about the entertainment on offer for our fans.”
Motorcycling Australia CEO Peter Doyle said the extensive TV coverage will allow fans to engage with extra dimensions of ASBK.
“We’ve been very proud to have provided fans with live TV coverage of our races over many seasons, but racing in Darwin with Supercars provides a chance for a whole new audience of race fans who now get to witness ASBK from Hidden Valley,” Doyle said.
“Three days of ASBK action will provide viewers an insight into the high-pressure environment of superbike racing with Australia’s fastest two-wheel racers. Coverage during practice and qualifying sessions is a great addition as it’s where teams have to make spur-of-the-moment tactical decisions in the heat of battle.
“Fans at home are in for three action-packed races on Saturday and Sunday as the ASBK championship is shaping up as a mega battle in 2021 and it continues in Darwin’’.
As an added bonus, all the thrills and spills of the Alpinestars Superbike Races 1 to 3 at Hidden Valley Raceway, plus additional behind the scenes exclusive features stories will be aired on SBS in HD at 1pm-3pm on Sunday 4 July, while fans can also catch up on ASBK TV at any time via SBS On-Demand.
The ASBK action at the Merlin Darwin Triple Crown commences with a pair of practice sessions on Friday, 18 June.
ASBK Round 4 – Hidden Valley Schedule
Friday, 18 June
10:25am – Practice 1 (40 min) FOX Sports
2:20pm – Practice 2 (30 min) FOX Sports
Saturday, 19 June
10:15am – Qualifying 1 (20 min) FOX Sports
10:40am – Qualifying 2 (15 min) FOX Sports
2:05pm – Race 1 (16 laps) FOX Sports/Channel 7
Sunday, 20 June
10:50am – Race 2 (16 laps) FOX Sports
2:05pm – Race 3 (16 laps) FOX Sports/Channel 7