Following the death of SPEED in August of 2013, millions of race fans have been desperately searching for a new source for motorsports coverage. Many have turned to the internet, and have staved off the hunger by reading columns such as this one. Yet, for some reason, they still crave more.
Internet streaming seems to be the future of live racing coverage in the United States. Recently, the AMA Pro Series, NASCAR, and IMSA launched their own streaming service. Other streaming sites are popping up almost daily, with some offering an almost one stop shop for the latest in autosport news. Others seem a bit more seedy, and provide a bare bones approach to broadcasting.
One of the leading sites in the burgeoning online motorsports revolution is RacerTV, which features coverage of motocross and off-road motorcycle and ATV events on RacerTV.com, NBC Sports and MAVTV. Kicking off in conjunction with Daytona's Bike Week festivities, RacerTV.com produced six live shows on the web, broadcasting 18 hours of live flag-to-flag racing coverage over a nine-day span. Over 108,000 total viewers from 98 different countries all over world, including France, Columbia, Sweden and Ukraine, tuned-in to RacerTV.com in less than two weeks.
"RacerTV continues to grow its live and archived online programming, allowing race enthusiasts to simply log in and see the action as it unfolds at premier ATV and motorcycle events all over the country, said RacerTV Project Manager, Tim Crytser. "RacerTV also allows each event to live beyond the checkered flag as every bit of coverage remains archived on RacerTV.com and is available at the click of a mouse."
GNCC Live coverage began on March 8 and 9 with the opening weekend of the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Maxxis, an AMA National Championship, in Bunnell, Fla. RacerTV broadcast a combined six hours of live coverage from the Mud Mucker GNCC between the ATV and Bike pro races, both airing at their respective 1 p.m. ET start time on RacerTV.com. The archived shows from the Mud Mucker GNCC are available online: ATV / Bike.
Just one day after the GNCC season opener, RacerTV.com broadcast five and a half hours of live racing from the Monster Energy Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross (RCSX). Covering 51cc classes all the way to Vet, WMX and Pro Sport classes, Monday's show encompassed a wide spectrum of racing from the historic Daytona International Speedway. The archived show from the RCSX at Daytona is available online in its entirety.
Round two of the GNCC series took place the following weekend, March 15 and 16, with six and a half hours of GNCC Live coverage featuring pro ATV racing, Side-by-Sides and pro Bike racing from The General GNCC. The archived shows from The General GNCC are available online now: ATV / UTV / Bike.
GNCC Live will return to the web March 29 and 30 with coverage from the Steele Creek GNCC in Morganton, N.C. Live coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET on both Saturday and Sunday. All archived shows can be found on RacerTV.com following each live event.
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