With the 2013 World Superbike championship kicking off in little more week, race fans that enjoy catching the WSBK races on the Speed TV network might want to start looking for an alternative way to see the races. While there is no official word from Speed, knowledgeable sources at the network suggest that Speed does not plan to air WSBK in 2013.
Reader e-mail questioning the status of WSBK on Speed began arriving last week when readers could not find the WSBK opener when they searched for it on Speed's programming schedule.
Speed is undergoing dramatic change in 2013 as it morphs from an all-motorsports network into a Fox-branded multi-sport network which will try to leverage NASCAR and mainstream sporting events so that it can do battle with ESPN. Speed let F1 go from their schedule last Fall, and as it stands now, according to one insider, "all motorcycle racing is in trouble on Speed, now and in the future".
It's known that the DMG/AMA Superbike series is searching for a television package with only two or three 2013 races on Speed, including the Daytona 200.
World Superbike has been televised on various networks in the United States since the series' inception in 1988. Speed has, in the past, made last minute decisions regarding WSBK programming and scheduling but it seems unlikely that they will do so this time.