The Masters Superbike Championship Sporting regulations 2017
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1. INTRODUCTION: The Masters Superbike Championship is a Motorcycle Racing Championship run under the general competition rules and standing regulations of the MCUI and the sporting regulations contained in this document and any additional regulations include in the event regulations of a round of the championship. The series consists of seven events run at Mondello Park in County Kildare and Bishopscourt in Co. Down.
2. PROMOTERS: The series is organised and promoted by Mondello Park.
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
CHAMPIONSHIP DIRECTORS: Fergus Brennan & Roy Biggerstaff
CHAMPIONSHIP CLERKS OF THE COURSE: TBA
EVENT ORGANISERS: Mondello Park Sports Club, Fingal Motor Club, Leinster Motor Club, Irish Sidecar & Motorcycle Supporters Club, Bishopscourt Racing Circuit.
CHAMPIONSHIP CO-ORDINATOR: Fergus Brennan
ELIGIBILITY: MCUI Technical Stewards
5. COMPETITORS: All competitors must hold a valid competition licence in accordance with MCUI and FIM regulations.
6. CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSES: The following classes will be counted as championship classes for 2017 and all machines taking part must comply with the technical regulations for their class as set out by the MCUI.
Sidecars (with separate awards for Drivers and Passengers)
7. CHAMPIONSHIP REGISTRATION: All competitors taking the start of a championship round are deemed to be registered for the championship and can score points in the championship. Where events combine with the National Championship, for the Superbike and Supersport classes only competitors complying with Masters Superbike Championship tyre rules will be deemed s entered for the Masters Superbike Championship.
8. CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS:
8.1. POINTS SCORING: Points are counted as per FIM regulations in the following way;
1st 25 – 2nd 20 – 3rd 16 – 4th 13 – 5th 11 – 6th 10 – 7th 9 – 8th 8 – 9th 7 – 10th 6 – 11th 5 – 12th 4 – 13th 3 – 14th 2 – 15th 1
8.2. CUP CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS SCORING: Points can only be scored in the Cup championship by those competitors designated as Cup competitors. Within the Superbike and Supersport Championship races points in the overall championship can be scored by Pro and Cup competitors.
8.3. CUP CHAMPIONSHIP ELEGIBILITY: All riders who have been designated as Cup riders in previous seasons except for those listed on the championship web site as having been upgraded for 2017 will be eligible to score points in the Cup championship. Any rider riding in the series for the first time will be designated as eligible for the cup unless the organisers decide otherwise.
9.1. RACE AWARDS: Awards will be presented to each class based on the following; Up to four starters 1st place only; 4-7 starters 1st and 2nd place only; more than 7 starters 1st, 2nd & 3rd place.
9.2. AWARD PRESENTATION: Where a podium presentation is organised for a particular race the award winners from each class (taking into account 9.1 above) within the race will be required to attend the presentation. Failure to do so may result in the withholding of the award or loss of championship points.
9.3. PRIZEMONEY: Prize money will be awarded to the Superbike and Supersport classes with the prize money for each event being set out in the events supplementary regulations.
9.4. END OF SEASON AWARDS: End of season awards will be presented to the top finishers in each class based on the following: Less than four points scorers no awards; 4-7 points scorers 1st and 2nd place only; more than 7 points scorers 1st, 2nd & 3rd place.
10. ADVERTISING: Riders in any class may be required to carry advertising for championship sponsors. If this is required the branding will be supplied to the riders. Failure to carry required branding will result in ineligibility to score points for any round where the branding is not carried.
12. QUALIFICATION: Qualification for grid positions for race one will be by a single qualifying session. Where classes are amalgamated the grid will be formed based on lap times for all competitors irrespective of class. For races two and three qualification will be determined by each riders fastest race lap in the previous race. The Championship Director in consultation with the Clerk of the Course may exclude any rider from taking part in a race if their lap times are outside of 120% of the fastest lap time set by a competitor in their class in qualifying or a race.
13. QUALIFYING PROCEDURE SUPERBIKE AND SUPERSPORT
13.1. CUP & PRO DESIGNATION: For qualifying all riders will be designated as Cup or Pro. Pro riders will be those not designated as Cup as per regulation 8.3 above. Pro riders and Cup riders will qualify in separate sessions with the times of the two sessions being combined to form a grid.
13.2. QUALIFICATION FOR RACE 1: All Pro riders will automatically qualify for the Championship race along with all ‘Cup’ riders who achieve 110% or less of the quickest qualifying time. The qualified riders will line up on the Championship race grid in order of fastest qualifying time irrespective of their Cup or Pro designation. Any Cup riders outside the 110% will race in a combined Superbike and Supersport ‘B’ race where the grid will be formed on lap times irrespective of the class that the rider is competing in.
13.2. QUALIFICATION FOR RACE 2: The grid for race 2 will be formed based on the fastest lap for each rider in race 1. Where a rider does not record a lap time they will line-up six places below their original grid slot. For race two of a three race event, any rider racing in Superbike & Supersport ‘B’ race 1 who achieves a lap time within 110% of the fastest lap in Championship race 1 may be moved into the championship race for races two and three. All riders being promoted for Championship race 2 & 3 will start race 2 behind all of the riders who originally qualified for the championship race including those who did not set a lap time. There will be no demotion from the Championship race to the ‘B’ Race.
13.3. QUALIFICATION FOR RACE 3: The grid for race 3 will be formed based on the fastest lap for each rider in race 2. Where a rider does not record a lap time they will line-up six places below their grid slot in race 2. There will be no promotion to the Championship race from the ‘B’ Race between race 2 and race 3.
13.3. COMBINING OF PRO & CUP TIMES TO FORM A GRID: Where conditions in the Pro and Cup qualification sessions are significantly different enough to make combining the two sessions unworkable, i.e. if the Cup session was dry and the Pro was wet, the formation of the grid will be at the discretion of the Championship Directors.
13. 4. FORCE MAJURE: If a Cup rider who regularly qualifies for the Championship race fails to do so due to mechanical issues or a fall in qualifying the Championship Director following consultation with the Championship Clerks of the Course may promote that rider to the Championship race. Any decision with regards to this is final and not open to appeal.
13. 5. GRIDS: If a rider fails to check the grid sheet following qualification and/or race 1 and turns up for the wrong grid for Race 2 or 3, they will not be allowed to start even if they have missed the corresponding Championship race.
14. QUALIFYING PROCEDURE FOR ALL SUPPORT CLASSES:
14.1 QUALIFICATION FOR RACE 1: Qualifying for Race 1 for all support classes (i.e. not Superbike or Supersport) will be decided by a single qualifying session. Classes may be run as separate or combined sessions at the discretion of the organisers. Following qualifying the grid for race one will be formed based on the fastest lap times for each competitor in the race whether the race grid is made up of a single or multiple classes.
14.2. QUALIFICATION FOR RACE 2: The grid for race 2 will be formed based on the fastest lap for each rider in race 1. Where a rider does not record a lap time they will line-up six places below their original grid slot.
14.3. QUALIFICATION FOR RACE 3: The grid for race 2 will be formed based on the fastest lap for each rider in race 1. Where a rider does not record a lap time they will line-up six places below their original grid slot.
15. SUPERBIKE & SUPERSPORT TYRES: At all Masters events rules regarding restriction of the quantity of tyres used by each rider in Superbike and Supersport will apply. In order for a rider to be eligible for Masters prizemoney and points they must comply with the tyre rules. If a rider does not wish to score Masters points or receive Masters prizemoney at a combined Masters and National Championship event they do not have to comply with the tyre regulations. Any rider who wishes to score points in the Masters and be eligible for Masters prizemoney must indicate this in the space provided on the entry form. Each rider is allowed to use three dry weather tyres over the course of racing at a three race event and two tyres over the course of racing at a two race event. In order to police this rule each rider will be supplied with a number of tyre stickers corresponding to the number of tyres allowed for each event at sign-on for that event. The correct tyre stickers must be in place for each race but are not required for qualifying or warm-up sessions. Tyre stickers from previous events may be present on a tyre used so long as the correct sticker for the current event is also in place. Tyres will be checked before riders go on track for their races and any rider found without the correct stickers may be precluded from taking part. Stickers for riders who were not stopped prior to the race may be checked in Parc Ferme after the race. A rider found to be without the correct stickers at the end of a race will be excluded form the results. Only the quantity of tyres allowed is restricted there are no restrictions on the make of tyre used. There are no restrictions on the number of intermediate or wet tyres being used. Tyre rules do not apply for qualifying or warm up sessions.
16. ENTRY FEES: Entry fees are payable to the clubs running each event in accordance with their own stipulations regarding acceptance of entries, closing date, etc. This information will be included on the Entry form for each event.
17. RACE DISTANCE: Race distance for all races will be standardised across the three layouts being used in 2017. The race mileage will remain as close as possible with the number of laps changing to reflect the circuit length. Where conditions are wet or become wet during the event all races will be shortened proportionally so as not to inconvenience those classes racing at the end of an event.
18. WARM-UP LAPS: All classes will receive two warm up laps on the Mondello Park National Track and Bishopscourt and one warm-up lap on the Mondello Park International Track.
19. MACHINERY AND CLASSES: Where a competitor wishes to race a single machine in more than one class, that will be allowed as long as the machine has been scrutineers for that class, has qualified for that class and is deemed by the Championship Directors to be sufficiently quick to run with the class.
The following examples are acceptable.
Pre-Injection bikes in Supersport.
Lightweight Supersport Machines with Pre-injection.
F1 or Classic Superbikes with Superbike.
SUPERSPORT MACHINES MAY NOT RUN IN THE SUPERBIKE CLASS and entries will not be accepted from Supersport machines wishing to race in the Superbike class.
20. COMBINING OF CLASSES: When necessary classes may be combined with classes of similar performance such as Supertwins with Production Twins and Lightweight Supersport with Classic Superbikes. When this occurs the combined classes will have a combined qualifying session, unless there are more entries than the maximum number of riders allowed in a qualifying session, in which case the two classes will qualify separately and then their times will be combined to form the qualifying result. The race grid will be formed by qualifying times and the grid will not be split into classes. Where the grid is oversubscribed a ‘B’ Race will be run with all riders whose times are greater than 112% of the fastest qualifying time overall forming the ‘B’ Race grid and all riders faster than 112% of the fastest time placed on the championship race grid. Due to pressures of time the ‘B’ Race will run twice on Saturday and once on Sunday while the main race will run once on Saturday and twice on Sunday. Where two sessions are run to form a grid and conditions in one session are significantly different from the other session, enough to make combining the two sessions unworkable, i.e. if one session was dry and the other was wet, the formation of the grid will be at the discretion of the Championship Directors.
21. DISQUALIFICATION & CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: If a rider is disqualified from a race for a technical infringement they will lose all championship points scored prior to their disqualification at the event at which they are disqualified. If a rider is disqualified for a riding infringement they will only lose points scored in the race from which they are disqualified. If a rider is disqualified from a race for not carrying the correct tyre stickers they will lose the points from the race in which they did not carry the stickers and will also be fined 5 points for the first offence, 10 points for the second and 15 points for each subsequent offence.
22. MEDIA & PRESENTATIONS: Refusal to be available for a TV or Media interview or failure to appear at a post race podium presentation may result in the deduction of five points for a first offence, 10 points for the second and 15 points for each subsequent offence.
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