THE 2017 MASTERS SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP
Seven events evenly spread over the season.
Reduced entry fees with ‘entry fee’ and ‘entry fee and garage’ packages also available for Mondello Park events.
Cost control measures.
Standard timetable and race duration.
Consistent race organising team.
Superbike and Supersport prize fund.
Young Rider award scheme.
Social media and web presence.
End of season prize giving.
2017 CHAMPIONSHIP DATES & CLASSES
EVENT 1: Rounds 1 – 3 – Saturday & Sunday March 25th & 26th – Mondello Park National Circuit
EVENT 2: Rounds 4 – 6 – Saturday & Sunday May 6th & 7th – Mondello Park International Circuit (incl. Irish Championship)
EVENT 3: Rounds 7 – 9 – Saturday & Sunday June 24th & 25th – Mondello Park National Circuit (incl. Irish Championship)
EVENT 4: Rounds 10 – 12 – Saturday & Sunday July 15th & 16th – Mondello Park International Circuit
EVENT 5: Rounds 13 – 15 – Saturday & Sunday Aug 5th & 6th – Mondello Park National Circuit (incl. Irish Championship)
EVENT 6: Rounds 16 – 17 – Sunday Aug 20th – Bishopscourt International Circuit
EVENT 7: Rounds 18 – 20 – Saturday Sept 30th & Sunday Oct 1st – Mondello Park International Circuit
The following is a list of championship classes competing at each 2017 Masters Superbike Championship event;
Mondello Park 1: Superbike, Supersport, Pre-Injection, Supertwins, Production Twins, Lightweight Supersport, Young Guns & Junior Cup, Sidecars.
Mondello Park 2: Superbike, Supersport, Pre-Injection, Supertwins, Production Twins, Lightweight Supersport, Young Guns & Junior Cup, Classic Superbikes, Sidecars.
Mondello Park 3: Superbike, Supersport, Pre-Injection, Supertwins, Production Twins, Lightweight Supersport, Young Guns & Junior Cup, Classic Superbikes, Sidecars, Classics.
Mondello Park 4: Superbike, Supersport, Pre-Injection, Supertwins, Production Twins, Lightweight Supersport, Young Guns & Junior Cup, Classic Superbikes, Sidecars.
Mondello Park 5: Superbike, Supersport, Pre-Injection, Supertwins, Production Twins, Lightweight Supersport, Young Guns & Junior Cup, Classic Superbikes, Sidecars, Classics.
Bishopscourt 6: Superbike, Supersport, Pre-Injection, Supertwins, Production Twins, Lightweight Supersport
Mondello Park 7: Superbike, Supersport, Pre-Injection, Supertwins, Production Twins, Lightweight Supersport, Young Guns & Junior Cup, Classic Superbikes, Sidecars.
2017 SUPERBIKE & SUPERSPORT TYRE RULES
The Masters Superbike Championship will continue to keep costs down in the Superbike and Supersport classes through the use of tyre restrictions at all Masters Championship events. These restrictions limit the number of tyres used by each competitor to three at a two day event and two at a single day event.
As there are no tyre restrictions at National Championship events when the two combine the following will apply:
– Any competitor who wishes to score Masters Championship points in Superbike or Supersport must comply with Masters Championship rules and carry the Masters Tyre Stickers.
– Any rider wishing to score National Championship points only can run without Masters Tyre Stickers.
– Only riders conforming with Masters tyre rules will be eligible for prize money and Masters points.
– Riders must indicate on their entry form whether or not they wish to score masters points.
Despite increases in insurance costs this year Mondello Park will keep entry fees at 2016 levels. For Mondello Park events a package of entry fee, garage rental and testing will be offered as well as an offer for all six event entries purchased together. At present to purchase any of our packages you must contact the Mondello Park office. We are currently looking at ways of making these available when submitting your entry and hope to have this sorted as the season progresses. Prices for garage space as part of a package are available on request from the Mondello Park office on +353-45-860200,
Mondello Park entry and testing package prices
Entry fee – Superbike or Supersport €195, all other classes €175 except Classics racing Saturday only (2 races) €110.00
Superbike or Supersport entry fee and test day, if paid by event closing date – €300 (normally €320)
All other classes 2 day entry fee and test day, if paid by event closing date – €280 (normally €300)
Superbike or Supersport entry fee for all six Mondello Park events paid in one payment prior to the opening event – €1,012 (normally €1170)
All other classes entry fee for all four Mondello Park events paid in one payment prior to the opening event – €900 (normally €1,050)
To encourage junior riders to compete at the Masters, entry fees for Junior riders competing in the Young Guns and Junior Cup classes will be €150 for a two day event. To qualify for this entry fee riders must be sixteen or under on the day of the event they are entering.
Book and pay for garages for the full Mondello Park Masters season and we will give you one free.
Single Day event entry fee – to be confirmed.
As Mondello Park now runs an electronic ticketing system we will be sending competitor passes out by email. It will be the responsibility of competitors to print their own passes. We will no longer run a gate list.
The Masters Series continues to strive to provide cost effective racing to all competitors. As part of these efforts the timetable has been arranged to ensure, as far as possible, that the highest levels of track time of any Irish race event are provided in return for your entry fee. We have held entry fees at 2016 levels despite soaring insurance costs and we have reduce the financial burden further by reducing the total number of Mondello Park events and providing a better calendar spread. Tyre restrictions in Superbike and Supersport will continue with the retention of our tyre sticker regulations, first introduced in 2014.
The Masters, whether running with the National Championship or not will continue with the same format as previous years including pre race build-up’s for Superbike and Supersport, post event podiums for all classes and similar qualifying and race durations across all circuits.
We aim once again during 2017 to have consistency across our race organising team including in the Clerk of the Course and Assistant Clerk of the Course positions. There will also be a Championship co-ordinator on hand for all events.
SUPERBIKE AND SUPERSPORT PRIZE FUND
The prize fund will continue to be paid in Superbike and Supersport on a per race basis and will be standardised across all seven events.
OVERALL PRIZEFUND PER RACE
1st – €280
2nd – €175
3rd – €100
4th – €70
5th – €50
6th – €25
CUP PRIZEFUND PER RACE
1st – €70
2nd – €40
3rd – €25
RIDER GRADING IN SUPERBIKE & SUPERSPORT
The Masters rider grading splits Superbike and Supersport competitors into Pro and Cup riders with Pro riders only eligible for overall awards while Cup competitors are eligible for both overall and ‘Cup’ awards. This gives all riders a realistic chance of competing for wins, podiums, championship points and prize money, whatever their level of ability or experience.
For 2017 the Masters Superbike Championship will use the same gradings as used by the National Championship.
YOUNG RIDER AWARD SCHEME
Our young rider award scheme will continue within the Masters Superbike Championship with the aim of assisting the careers of young riders. The scheme will be open to all riders who are under 23 at the start of Round 1 of the championship on March 25th. Riders will be required to register their interest in being considered and one young rider will be chosen by a panel of experts after each championship event. The seven event winners will then go forward to an end of year competition where the Young Rider of the Year will be chosen.
The winner will receive a cash contribution towards their costs of racing in 2018, free equipment and clothing along with advice and coaching. Each event winner will receive a free entry for the following Masters event and where the next event is to be held at Mondello Park, they will also receive free testing and garage space.
All Master Championship events will be heavily promoted through the following;
Radio advertising on Radio Nova.
Championship web site.
Mondello Park web site.
Direct marketing through our email alerts service.
SOCIAL MEDIA AND WEB
The Masters Championship continues to be the only championship with a dedicated social media and web presence at all of its events. For 2017 the web presence and social media will be enhanced with increased activity and additional features such as rider profiles, polls and competitions.
END OF SEASON AWARDS NIGHT
Our popular Masters Championship awards night will continue to be held in conjunction with the Mondello Park Car Racing awards. All class award winners will receive free admission to the event. The Young Rider of the Year award winner will also be announced at this event.