WSBK to Use On-Board Cameras

New cameras to debut at Donington Park round

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Feb. 02, 2011
The World Superbike Championship will employ on-board cameras in television broadcasts of its 2011 season.

A staple in MotoGP broadcasts, footage from on-board cameras will be incorporated to WSBK broadcasts.

The cameras won’t be used in the 2011 season opener at Australia’s Phillip Island circuit, but they will be employed the following round at England’s Donington Park and for the rest of the season.

“We’ll be using technology developed by Infront Italia,” says Fabrizio Civirani, WSBK television executive producer and 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.”

Max Biaggi 2010 World Superbike Champion Aprilia

A pair of mini-cameras will be fitted to eight motorcycles in each round, including seven of the top ten racers and a randomly selected eighth racer. The camera equipment will add 2.65 pounds to the race bikes.

The technology was tested at the off-season test Jan. 26-28 at the Portimao circuit in Portugal.

“We are really pleased with the test,” says Civirani, “because 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.”

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