The battle at the front of the Superbike and Supersport classes really moved up a notch on the International Track last time out in July and now the action is set to heat up again as we get to the business end of the season.
Having not been off the top of the championship standings for over a year, reigning Superbike Champion Richie Ryan was finally surpassed by Luke Johnston at the final race in May, but having dug deep to beat Brian McCormack in Rounds 11 and 12 he’s now back where he will feel he belongs as he re-took the lead by a single point.
With Peter Moloney missing the last four races and Brian McCormack not competing for the full season, the championship battle should be between Ryan and Johnston till the end of the year. While the title is really down to two riders there are plenty more capable of winning with the likes of Moloney on his Suzuki, Yamaha convert Thomas O’Grady and the ever improving Jamie O’O’Keeffe aiming to spoil the Ryan, Johnston, party.
In Supersport, Andrew Murphy missed the opening two rounds of the series but since then he has scored higher than the championship leader Raymond Casey to close the gap. Brian McCormack sits between the two of them in the standings but will not be a factor as he will miss at least three of the remaining six rounds. The class has seen five different winners this year and looks likely to continue to be tight for the rest of the season.
The Superbike and Supersport classes will be the centrepieces of the August 24th & 25th weekend but there will be plenty more action as well as all of the usual; support classes will be in action. Qualifying and the first of three races per class will run on Saturday with Sunday being made up of a warm up and two more races.
To get a flavour of what to expect from the Dunlop Masters Superbike Championship you can follow us on facebook where full coverage of the Superbike and Supersport races from July are being re-broadcast,along with racing from each of the support classes.