On-Board Cameras Come to Donington Park

world_superbike_on_board_cameraLast month, Infront Sports and the World Superbike tested on-board cameras at Portimao. The test was successful, and Infront Sports is now ready to implement the on-board cameras at the Donington Park event this weekend, to give some exciting coverage to fans around the world.

“At the upcoming round in Donington Park, Infront will introduce the feature of new on-board cameras, adding even greater excitement for the viewer as they experience the fast on track action from the viewpoint of the rider,” said Infront Sports in a press release. “On an average race weekend, coverage is produced from seven events amounting to over 350 minutes of live material.”

The on-board cameras will be fitted to 8 World Superbike machines. 7 of the cameras will be fitted to bikes belonging to the top 10 riders, while the final camera will be shuffled around between teams.

Infront Sports has also just announced that they are extending their broadcast agreements with the FIM World Superbike series. Infront will now broadcast the World Superbike in all of Asia and the Middle East.

“Media coverage of the FIM Superbike World Championship now is well-established in the Asian and Middle East markets with leading regional broadcasters showing long-term commitment to the series,” said Stephan Herth, Executive Director Summer Sports. “The further development in Asia remains a clear priority for us, as the market has a strong potential mainly for manufacturers but also in terms of new fan and sponsor levels.”

The World Superbike series is currently broadcast in approximately 175 countries across the world. In 2010, the World Superbike TV audience grew by more than 30%.

Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

World Superbike On-Board Cameras Tested at Portimao

world_superbike_on_board_cameraThe World Superbike series is one of the most exciting racing series in the world, and the coverage continues to get better. Infront Italia and the World SBK tested out some on-board cameras at the Portimao testing session last week. The cameras will make their official debut at Donnington, which is the second round of the World Superbike series.

“We’ll be using technology developed by Infront Italia,” declared Fabrizio Civirani, SBK Executive TV Producer and TV director. “We presented a series of safety and visibility guidelines that have been developed with the use of technology from some of the most advanced companies in this sector. The engineering aspects were then developed within Infront, with the collaboration of experts from this sector and with Milan Polytechnic.”

8 bikes will be outfitted with the cameras during the 2011 season. The two mini cameras will be fitted onto 7 bikes from the top 10 riders. The other camera will be shuffled around between different teams, manufacturers, and bikes.

“We are really pleased with the test,” Civirani said. “The results were better than expected. We noted the absence of vibrations and radio interference. Now we have to try with all the TV cameras together.”

The cameras, which weigh just 1.2 kilograms, will give a unique viewing experience for fans across the world. But the World Superbike isn’t going to stop there. They hope that they will be able to develop more advanced cameras to give an even better viewing experience.

“With the Polytechnic we’re looking at the possibility of building and developing even more advanced TV cameras that give better visibility.”

Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com