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British motorcycling has announced its biggest ever promotional package, involving a new-look, multi-million-pound televised championship. The new competition, to be screened by the BBC, will comprise 20 rounds over 10 meetings. The overall winner will be classified as Britain's No 1 motorcyclist.

The Italian rider, Doriano Romboni, has signed a two-year contract to ride for Aprilia in the 500cc Grand Prix World Championship. At the end of next season both parties will then decide whether he should remain in the top category or return to the 250cc championship.