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Monday, June 20, 2011

Superbike series broadcast schedule set

From Professional Motorsports Productions

TORONTO, ON – Groundbreaking 3D coverage of the Canadian Superbike Championship by Parts Canada will make its debut on the High Definition network radX on Monday, Nov. 7. This will be the first of 18 half-hour programs featuring the national motorcycle road racing series.

The Canadian Superbike Championship coverage will be part of ‘Motorcycle Mania’ on radX, a block of both High Definition and 3D programming dedicated to Canadian motorcycle competition. Premiering each Monday night, ‘Motorcycle Mania’ will feature the second season of the documentary series ‘Ultimate Superbike’ as well as the National road race series coverage.

The Canadian Superbike Championship coverage will be a co-production of Professional Motorsports Productions and WhistleStop Productions.

“With ‘Motorcycle Mania’ we have created a dedicated time and place for Canadian motorcycle racing coverage,” said Colin Fraser of Professional Motorsports Productions. “This should appeal to existing fans of the sport and also help introduce new enthusiasts to the speed, drama and color of the Canadian Superbike Championship.”

The race series coverage will include flag-to-flag action from the featured Parts Canada Superbike class, plus the Harley-Davidson XR1200 Cup and Pirelli Pro Sport Bike divisions.

'Ultimate Superbike’ is a behind the scenes look at the radX / BMW Motorrad Canada factory Superbike team as it contests the national tour. The series debuted last summer on radX.

“Fans of all action sports are in for a treat this fall,” said David Hatch, who along with his partner Stacey Hatch are executive producers at WhistleStop Productions. “The addition of 3D technology to the racing telecasts is a huge step forward and will add a spectacular dimension to motorcycle road racing.”

This represents the 17th straight season of television coverage of the Canadian Superbike Championship by Parts Canada. Sponsorship comes from BMW Motorrad Canada and Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada. BMW is now in its second year of running a factory Pro Superbike team while Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada is title sponsor of the XR1200 Cup as well as the Ruthless Racing team.

New to Canadian tracks this season, the XR1200 Cup is a spec class for Harley-Davidson’s XR1200 motorcycle. It is based on similar series currently running in the United States and Great Britain.

The premier schedule for the radX Canadian Superbike Championship is as follows:

Episode 1, Circuit ICAR, Mirabel, Que., Nov. 7
Episode 2, Shannonville Mtrspt Park, Shannonville, Ont., Nov. 14
Episode 3, Autodrome St. Eustache, St-Eustache, Que., Nov. 21
Episode 4, Atlantic Motorsport Park, Shubenacadie, N.S., Nov. 28
Episode 5, Mosport Int’l Raceway I, Bowmanville, Ont., Dec. 5
Episode 6, Mosport Int’l Raceway II, Bowmanville, Ont., Dec. 12

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