Monday, March 7

ISBK Season 2016 is almost upon us!

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Masters Superbike Championship starts build up to Round 1

The Masters Superbike Championship continues to build towards its' March 20th season opener with the top riders from the Island of Ireland set to battle it out for the 2016 Superbike and Supersport titles over six events at Mondello Park and Bishopscourt.

For the first time in its seven season history the championship will be run over six events, with the race weekends spread evenly across the calendar between the first event in March and the season finale in October. The new addition to the calendar will be run at Bishopscourt in April, marking the first time the championship has visited the County Down track twice in the one season, The calendar will also feature a single day event in Mondello Park for the first time in many years and the first Sunday event at Bishopscourt.

With a new organisational structure, a mixture of single and two day events and four different track layouts being used over the course of the season, the championship is now more attractive than ever to riders. Competitor interest is particularly high in the Superbike class where the grid will get its biggest ever upgrade, with at least six brand new bikes entering the championship as well as a number of competitors moving to newer if not quite brand new machines.

The Supersport class will also see an influx of new competitors at the head of the field as some of the former front runners, such as Robert English, Jamie Patterson and Nikki Coates, make Superbikes their focus. The Supersport machines will still provide just as much entertainment as the big class particularly with some of the Superbike graduates set to make occasional Supersport appearances.

The championship will continue to support up and coming riders through the Superbike and Supersport 'Cup' classes which give less seasoned riders something to fight for as they build their experience against the established stars. Young riders will also be supported through the new 'Young Rider of the Year' award scheme which is open to riders under the age of 23 competing in any class within the Masters Championship.

The championship will also run classes for Pre-Injection, Twins, Lightweight Supersport and Classic Superbikes, Production 125cc-300cc and Sidecars.

Information on the full line-up for the Superbike and Supersport classes will be revealed over the coming weeks. The revamped Masters Superbike Championship can be followed on its own dedicated web as well as on facebook/MastersSuperbike and twitter/MastersSBK.

Andy Quinn 07/03/2016

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