2017 Young Motorcycle Racer of the year competition

 

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For 2017 the Masters Superbike Series will continue to include a competition to find the Young Irish Motorcycle Racer of the Year.The competition will be open to any Irish rider who is under 23 on the date of the opening race of the season on March 25th. Riders in any Masters Superbike Championship class will be eligible for the award.

The winner will be decided at an end of year assessment day at Mondello Park where six nominees will be put through their paces both on and off track. On this assessment day they will ride their own machinery.

The six nominees will be chosen across the full Masters season with a Young Rider of the Day being selected by a panel of experts at each Masters Superbike Championship event. Each event winner will win a free entry to the following event along with free garage space and testing if the next event is at Mondello Park.

For more information on the competition see below.

PRIZE

The award will consist of:

A cash contribution to be paid towards a riders competition expenses with payments being made directly to suppliers or event organisers rather than directly to the rider.

Free entries, testing and garages for all Masters events during 2017, if the winners continues to race in Ireland.

Coaching and guidance provided through our award partners.

FORMAT

Six winners will be chosen from the six Masters Superbike Championship events by a panel made up of Media, event organisers and nominees of the competition supporters.

All six will go to the end of season assessment day where they will ride their own machinery.

Finalists will be tested on their riding, set-up ability and their interview and presentation skills.

The winner will be chosen following the assessment and will be announced at the end of season Championship awards.

RIDERS

Aaron Clifford
Age:
18
Class:
Supersport
Previous Experience:
2016 Young Racer award nominee
2016 Masters Supersport Cup winner
Irish Championship Supersport race winner
BSB Superstock and Thundersport experience
Minimotos


Ryan Desmond
Age:
17
Class:
Junior Cup
Previous Experience:
2nd year racing in Junior Cup


Brendan Glover Jnr.
Age:

Class:
Young Guns
Experience:
2nd year racing in Young Guns.
Motocross
Grasstrack


Caolan Irwin
Age: 19

Class:
Supersport Cup
Experience:
Race winner in Thundersport UK 600 Elite
2016: 2 wins in Thundersport Aprilia 450RRV
2014: 125cc Ulster Newcomers Champion


Rhys Irwin.
Age:
14
Class:
Lightweight Supersport
Experience:
Four podiums in THundersport Aprilia RRV450
2016: 2nd in UK Superteen championship with 8 wins
Aprilia 125cc Masters champion


Luke Johnston
Age:
22
Class:
Superbike
Experience:
2016 Young Racer award nominee
2016 Masters Supersport Champion
2012 Masters Supersport Cup Champion
2012 Irish Clubmans Supersport Champion
2011 Irish and Ulster 125gp Clumbans Champion


Jordan Keohane
Age:
17
Class:
Junior Cup
Experience:
First season racing


Maurice Keily
Age:
15
Class:
Junior Cup
Experience:
2nd year racing in Junior Cup
Motocross
Grasstrack


Jason Lynn
Age:
20
Class:
Supersport
Experience:
2016 Young Racer award nominee
2nd in 2016 Masters Supersport
2016 Irish, Ulster & Southern Supersport Champion
Twice Irish & Ulster 125gp Champion
Twice Irish Minimoto Champion


Mark McGauran
Age:
20
Class:
Supertwins
Experience:
2nd year racing on short circuits
Grasstrack


Nathan McGauran
Age:
14
Class:
Young Guns
Experience:
2nd year racing on short circuits
Grasstrack


Eunan McGlinchy
Age:
18
Class:
Supersport and Production Twins
Experience:
Starting first full season racing on short circuits
2nd in 2016 Production Twin Irish Championship having only started racing in June
Motocross from the age of eight


Luke O’Higgins
Age:
19
Class:
Supersport
Experience:
Masters Production Champion 2015
3rd in Irish Production Championship in 2015
Raced in the UK in BEMSEE Kawasaki 300 Championship.


Jamie O’Keefe
Age:
22
Class:
Superbike
Experience:
2nd year racing on Short Circuits
2016, 3rd in Masters Production Twin Championship
Four times Munster Motocross Champion


Ross Patterson
Age:
20
Class:
Supersport
Experience:
6th in 2011 European Junior Cup
2014 Masters Supersport Cup runner-up
2016 Masters Supersport Race winner


Simon Reid
Age:
21
Class:
Supertwins
Experience:
First year in Short Circuit Racing
Motocross
BMX


Andrew Smyth
Age:
13
Class:
Junior Cup
Experience:
First year racing


Darragh Ward
Age:
18
Class:
Young Guns
Experience:
2nd year racing


Graham Whitmore
Age:
21
Class:
Supersport
Experience:
2015 & 2016 Lightweight Supersport Champion
2015 & 2016 Southern Lightweight Supersport Champion


Aaron Wright
Age: 16
Class:
Supersport
Experience:
2016 BSB KTM RC390 Cup Champion
2014 Irish & Ulster Production Champion
2 invites to Red Bull Rookies Final

 

ELEGIBILITY

To be eligible riders must hold an MCUI competition licence.

They must be under 23 on March 25th 2017.

Riders may compete in any Masters Superbike Championship class.

For the full terms and conditions see the T & C’s Tab.

To be considered for selection competitors must complete the APPLICATION FORM prior to competing in an event. This is required in order for a list of eligible competitors to be available to all judges when they are making their selection at each event.

T & C'S


YOUNG RIDER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION 2017
Terms and Conditions of entry

1. To be eligible for the award all entrants must be under 23, that is 22 years old or younger on March 25th 2017, the date of the first round of the championship.
2. Riders must be competing in a Masters Superbike Championship class, as listed below.
Superbike
Supersport
Supertwins
Pre-Injection
Production Twins
Lightweight Supersport
Young Guns
Junior Cup
3. Riders must hold an MCUI competition licence and must be competing regularly in Ireland.
4. Riders returning from competing abroad and making a one off appearance in order to be considered for the award may not be considered.
5. To be chosen for the competition, riders must register their interest by filling out an entry form and accepting these terms and conditions.
6. If a rider is under eighteen their parent or guardian must agree to their participation and their acceptance of the terms and conditions.
7. The rider chosen as the Young Rider of the Meeting at each event will be entitled to a free entry for the following Masters Superbike Championship event if it is at Bishopscourt, or a free Entry , testing and garage space if the following event is at Mondello Park. This award is not transferable to another event or to another rider except by agreement of the circuit concerned. The winner at the final event will receive their award at the first event of the following season.
8. The decision of the selection panel at each event is final and cannot be appealed
9. The six event winners will go forward to the competition final which will be held at Mondello Park at a date to be decided following the final event of the season.
10. At that event riders must ride the machine they were competing on when they received their nomination. Any change of machinery must be agreed by the competition organisers.
11. Any decision regarding a change of machinery will be final and not open to appeal by the competitor involved or any other competitor.
12. In the event that a rider is unable to ride on the day selected for the final, their place will be forfeited
13. The organisers at their discretion may change the date to ensure that all participants can be present.
14. Receipt of the award will be subject to the winner agreeing to the signing of a contract between the stakeholders in the competition and the winner. This contract will cover the obligations of the stakeholders, the terms of payment of the award and the obligations of the winner as ‘Young Rider of the Year’. If agreement cannot be reached for any reason the award will be offered to the second place rider.
15. A rider may be disqualified form the competition after they have been chosen as an event winner if they they have their competition licence removed for a riding offence.
16. A rider may be disqualified form the competition after they have been chosen as an event winner if they or any of their team are deemed to have behaved in a way which reflects badly on the competition or its sponsors and partners.
17. None of the awards are transferable to another season in the case of a rider deciding not to race in 2017.
18. None of the awards can be exchanged for cash or any other product or service or sold on to a third party.
19. If the competition winner’s 2017 season is cut short for any reason any remaining value of the award will be forfeited and may be transferred to one of the other participants in the 2016 final.
20. All decisions of the judges in all matters relating to the competition are final.

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