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Masters Superbike Championship

by / Friday, 12 August 2016 / Published in Blog / News, Motor Bike Racing

Masters Superbike Championship

For the first time in its history, the Masters Superbike Championship makes a second trip of the season to the ultra fast Bishopscourt Circuit in County Down, on August 21st. Not only will this mark the first return visit to the track, it will also be the first time the Championship has raced at the venue on a Sunday.

The first Bishopscourt event of 2016 ran in April and on that occasion Nico Mawhinney took a Superbike double on what would turn out to be his only event of the season. Behind him Nikki Coates was the biggest points scorer taking a a second and third place, while championship leader Robert English struggled. Unfortunately for Coates this would prove to be something of a false dawn as since Bishopscourt English has dominated taking four wins from the next five rounds to make the championship his to lose.

As the Superbike championship reconvenes the points battle will be all about English on the IFS Yamaha and the Kingsbury Kawasaki of Coates which he leads by 42 points. A number of other riders have challenged the supremacy of the top two in each race but with various problems affecting Mawhinney, Ryan Rainey, Cody Nally, Gerard Kinghan, Brian McCormack, Peter Moloney and Declan Hoey none have been able to challenge the top two consistently.

The Supersport races will be much harder to call with championship leaders Luke Johnston and Richie Ryan having faces strong competition all year from the likes of Coates, Jason Lynn, Aaron Clifford, Robert Kennedy and the Patterson brothers Ross and Jamie. Johnston took his first ever win at Mondello Park in May and this has given him the confidence to run more consistently at the front where he has been helped by non finishes by most of his rivals.

The Superbike and Supersport classes will make up the bulk of the Bishopscourt Masters programme which will also see the re-introduction of the Grand Final as the circuit runs its annual Norman Brown Trophy race. Following the Supersport and Superbike Championship races the fastest riders of the day from both classes will take fill the grid for the Trophy race which will have the biggest prize fund of the event.

Supporting the feature races will be double headers for Principal Insurance Pre-Injection, a combined grid of Supertwins and Production Twins and the Lightweight Supersport racers.

Admission to Bishopscourt is just £10 with under sixteen’s admitted free of charge and all the information about the event including the timetable can be found HERE.


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