The third event of the 2018 Dunlop Masters Supersport Championship will offer competitors a new challenge as they race on the Mondello Park International Track layout, which was recently partially resurfaced, for the first time this season.
The longer International Circuit usually throw up some different results and many of the Superbike Championship competitors will be hoping for just that, as they aim to close the gap to Charles Stuart at the head of the field. This weekend also marks a year since the last time anything other than a Yamaha R1 was ridden to victory at the Masters, offering an even bigger incentive to the chasing pack to break Charles Stuart and Richie Ryan’s dominance of the top step.
The riders most likely to knock the top two off their stride are BMW mounted Peter Moloney and Luke Johnston. James Kelly on the top Suzuki, Andrew Murphy on the best of the Kawasaki’s and Edward Comerford on another Yamaha are all improving every time out and could start to challenge the top names on the full International Track. Also joining the series this weekend will be UK visitor Dijon Compton on a Ducati. The Cup class is much more open with four different riders having tasted 2018 victory and some frantic battling for the podium positions.
The big prize in the Supersport class this weekend will be the Aidan Lynam memorial trophy which is awarded annually to the winner of the ‘Cup’ class in the final race of the weekend. The top Cup racers will all be out to lift this trophy, which was won in the previous two years by riders who have gone on to compete at the BSB, Aaron Clifford in 2016 and Eunan McGlinchey last season.
The packed programme of races will see some classes race twice on Saturday and once on Sunday with the remainder having a single race on day one and two on the second day. Highlights of the support classes will be the very competitive Principal Insurance Pre-Injection class, a full grid of Twins, and the increasingly competitive Sidecar grid which will have fifteen starters this time around.
Since the last Masters event one of our Sidecar passengers, Aidan Browne sadly lost his life and this weekend the Sidecar competitors have organised a tribute lap in his memory, which will take place at the beginning of lunch time on Sunday. To take part in the lap participants, including non competitors, must buy and carry a sticker on their bike. The stickers will be available from the Sidecar Club on Saturday and Sunday and will cost €10 if you wish to do the lap and €5 if you just want the sticker. All participants not already signed on to compete will be required to sign an indemnity before taking part.
All of the information on the third Dunlop Masters Superbike Championship event of the season, including the timetable, is available below or from www.masterssuperbike.ie. Tickets are also available at the reduced price of just €12.50, booked on-line, with under sixteen’s admitted free.