The World Superbikes (WSBK) may sit behind MotoGP in terms of global popularity, but the racing is in no way less exciting. The Championship was set up in 1988 using standard production models instead of factory machines, meaning that the bikes on track can basically be bought by the public over the counter.
As the race for the championship heats up, WSBK fans want to know which networks are televising each weekend’s action, what time each practice or qualifying session starts, and how can you stream the featured races live. The answers to all these questions and more can be found in the viewing guide provided here.
2020 World Superbikes TV Preview
Jonathan Rae is the defending WSBK Champion, having won the title five times, making him the most successful rider in the history of the sport. His closest rivals this year will come in the shape of Spain’s Alvaro Bautista, Italy’s Marco Melandri and former MotoGP rider Scott Redding.
Each GP weekend features two races, along with a number of support categories, including World Supersports. The season starts at Jerez in Spain in August, and at this moment in time, will finish in November at Italy’s world-famous Misano circuit. Covid-19 has had a heavy impact on the calendar with nine rounds in total planned for the rest of this year, down from the usual 14.
The winner of each race gains 25 championship points, with a smaller amount offered to riders who finish 15th and above. Points can also be awarded during qualifying, also known as Superpole. The rider who takes pole for the weekend gets an additional 12 points in the standings.
How to Watch World SBK in Australia
In 2020, Fox Sports of Australia, (Foxtel/Kayo) will once again have the broadcast rights to all World SBK category races and will televise every practice, qualifying session and featured race live. This includes all nine World Championship events LIVE, in HD, with no ad-breaks from the start grid to the chequered flag. Fox Sports, via Foxtel and Kayo, will also provide expert commentary, as well as comprehensive pre-race and post-race analysis.
This coverage begins with the very first championship race of the season, and continues until the finale to be held in November. Fortunately for WSBK fans there are several options for watching Fox Sports in Australia, including a TV channel pack from Foxtel or Telstra, the online platform Foxtel Now, and the newest addition, live streaming with Kayo Sports who are currently offering a free trial.
If a subscription service or trial pack isn’t the route you wish to go, the WSBK Free to air coverage on SBS in Australia includes highlights of every World Superbike event after the race is over. SBS does not have live coverage of any race, and their highlights do not include practice, qualifying or Supersport races.
World SBK French GP 2020
When: 3-4 October 2020
Where: Magny-Cours, France
The eleventh and twelfth races of the season will take place France at The Magny-Cours circuit. Johnny Rae is in dominant form again this season and currently leads the standings. But, Scott Redding will be eager to reclaim his place at the top in his debut season in World Superbikes.
Stream WSBK Live and Free
All nine WSBK racing weekends including the 2020 French GP will be broadcast on Fox Sports in Australia, where it will be available to watch online with Foxtel Now or streamed live using Kayo Sports. Foxtel Now currently have a 10 day free trial, and the coverage includes every practice session, qualifier and featured race available in HD, with the Grand Prix itself televised ad-break free to enhance your viewing.
If you’re a resident of Australia and don’t have access to Fox Sports you may wish to review the FREE 14 day Kayo Sports trial which has no lock-in contract and offers the exact same World Superbike programming as Foxtel. With the Kayo trial you can stream the French WSBK GP free using a range of eligible mobile devices, and with their unique live RaceView feature you can watch key moments from right on board the lightning-fast bikes.
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WSBK Spain GP 2020 TV Schedule
Note: The below TV fixtures run across two days from practice and qualifying through to race day for both World Superbikes and World Supersports championships.
|Event||Date / Time AEDT||Channel|
|WSBK Race 1 (plus Supersport)||LIVE: Sat 3rd Oct, from 6.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|WSBK Race 2 (plus Supersport)||LIVE: Sat 4th Oct, from 6.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
Shown as Sydney Australia time, adjust for regional differences. WSBK race replays available on Fox Sports (Foxtel/Kayo) following the LIVE events.
2020 WSBK on Australian TV Fixtures
Take advantage of Foxtel Now or Kayo so that you only pay for the sport you want to see, including your favourite World Superbike Championship events live online, from qualifying through to race day. A shortened highlights version of every race will be available on Free to Air with SBS.
|3-4 Oct, 2020||WSBK France GP||Foxtel / Kayo|
|10-11 Oct, 2020||WSBK Argentina GP||Foxtel / Kayo|
|7-8 Nov, 2020||WSBK Italy GP||Foxtel / Kayo|