BT Sport steps into speedway coverage

BT Sport will cover live speedway for the first time from 2016 after signing a three-year deal for coverage of the FIM Speedway World Championships.

Under the terms of the deal, fans will be able to watch Britain’s current world champion, Tai Woffinden, defend his title only on BT Sport from next season.

The broadcaster will cover both the FIM Speedway Grand Prix and the Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup through to 2018, taking over the rights from British Eurosport.

BT Sport’s deal with BSI Speedway, an IMG company, includes both live coverage and highlights programmes, which will be produced by IMG.

Torben Olsen, managing director of BSI Speedway, said: “We’re delighted that BT Sport has signed-up to broadcast the FIM Speedway World Championships, presented by Monster Energy, in the UK and Ireland for the next three years.

“The channel is already popular with motorsports fans and we are excited at the prospect of working with them to grow the championships’ audience.”

Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said: “BT Sport is delighted to expand its motorsports portfolio, which already includes Moto GP, IndyCar, World Rally Championship and Formula E.

“Speedway fans can expect some of the best action in the sport on BT Sport from 2016.

“Along with FIM Speedway Grand Prix and BT Sport’s exclusive rights for all Moto GP races, BT Sport is set to be the channel of choice for fans of everything on two wheels.’”

BT Sport, which also broadcasts Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup football, as well as Aviva Premiership rugby and other premium sports events, is available through BT TV, BT Broadband and the BT Sport App, as well as through other providers.