The Masters Superbike Championship Sporting regulations 2018
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2018 SPORTING REGULATIONS – Version 4
DUNLOP MASTERS SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP
2018 SPORTING REGULATIONS – Version 4 (updated on April 17th 2018)
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.
2. PROMOTERS: The series is organised and promoted by Mondello Park.
EVENT 1: Rounds 1 – 3 – Saturday & Sunday March 24th & 25th – Mondello Park National Circuit
EVENT 2: Rounds 4 – 6 – Saturday & Sunday April 28th & 29th – Mondello Park National Circuit
EVENT 3: Rounds 7 – 9 – Saturday & Sunday May 26th & 27th – Mondello Park International Circuit
EVENT 4: Rounds 10 – 12 – Saturday & Sunday June 16th & 17th – Mondello Park International Circuit
EVENT 5: Rounds 13 – 15 – Saturday & Sunday Aug 4th & 5th – Mondello Park National Circuit
EVENT 6: Rounds 16 – 18 – Saturday & Sunday Aug 25th & 26th – Mondello Park International Circuit
EVENT 7: Rounds 19 – 21 – Saturday & Sunday Sept 29th & 30th – Mondello Park National Circuit
CHAMPIONSHIP CLERKS OF THE COURSE: TBA
EVENT ORGANISERS: Mondello Park Sports Club, Fingal Motor Club, Leinster Motor Club, Irish Sidecar & Motorcycle Supporters Club.
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 2018 and all machines taking part must comply with the technical regulations for their class as set out by the MCUI.
Superbike, Supersport, Pre-Injection, Supertwins, Production Twins, Lightweight Supersport. Young Guns, Junior Cup, Classic Superbikes, 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 2018 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.
11. QUALIFICATION: Qualification for grid positions for race one for all classes 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. The grid for races two and three for all classes except Sidecars 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.
12. QUALIFYING PROCEDURE SUPERBIKE AND SUPERSPORT
12.1. 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.
12.2. 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. If there are sufficient entries a ‘C’ Race will be run and this grid will be made up of all riders who are outside 110% of the fastest lap of the fastest qualifier for the ‘B’ Race.
12.2. 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.
12.3. 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.
12.3. 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 Co-ordinator in consultation with the Clerk of the Course.
12. 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 co-ordinator following consultation with the Championship Clerk of the Course may promote that rider to the Championship race. Any decision with regards to this is final and not open to appeal.
12. 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 race in which they should have competed.
12.6 FAILURE TO SET A QUALIFYING TIME: Any Pro rider who misses qualifying or fails to set a qualifying time may be allowed to start at the discretion of the Clerk of the Course. If starting they will start from the back of the first championship race in which the compete. Any Cup rider who misses qualifying or fails to set a time may be allowed to start and which race they are placed in, either the championship race, ‘B’ race or ‘C’ race, and their grid position will be at the discretion of the championship co-ordinator in consultation with the Clerk of the Course.
13. QUALIFYING PROCEDURE FOR ALL SUPPORT CLASSES:
13.1 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 qualifying whether the race grid is made up of a single or multiple classes unless otherwise agreed with the classes concerned.
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.
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 original grid slot.
13.4. FAILURE TO SET A QUALIFYING TIME: If a rider misses qualification or fails to set a qualifying time they will start at the back of the grid for the first race they compete in.
14. SUPERBIKE & SUPERSPORT TYRES: Dunlop will be the sole supplier of tyres for the Superbike and Supersport classes in 2018. At all Masters events, rules regarding restriction of the quantity of tyres used by each rider in Superbike and Supersport will also apply. Only Dunlop tyres may be used and these will be available at discounted prices to all Superbike and Supersport riders registered for the championship. To avail of the reduced prices, tyres must be purchased from Ernie Coates and only the tyres listed in the table below will be available at the reduced prices. Any other tyre types or specifications requested will be sold at the full price. All riders competing in the Superbike and Supersport classes are required to carry Dunlop decals as provided by Dunlop or the event organisers.
Each rider is allowed to use three dry weather tyres over the course of their three races at any event. In order to police this rule each rider will be supplied with three tyre stickers at sign-on for each 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 may be checked before riders go on track for their races or in Parc Ferme at the end of a race, and rider found without the correct stickers may be excluded from the results. There are no restrictions on the number of intermediate or wet tyres being used. Tyre stickers are not required to by used for qualifying or warm up sessions but tyres must still be Dunlop tyres. There is no option to use tyres other than Dunlop tyres and not score points, Superbike and Supersport are Dunlop only categories. Any competitor found attempting to go on track for any Superbike or Supersport session, either qualifying, warm-up or race will be excluded from the event immediately and will forfeit any points scored at that event as well as being precluded from entering any subsequent 2018 Dunlop Masters events.
15. ENTRIES: Entries for all events will be through the Mondello Park on-line entry system. The fee for each event will be the same with discounts available for payment of all seven entries in one payment. All riders must be set up as a user on the entry system so first time competitors or riders changing class must contact Mondello Park to get setup and to receive their login details.
16. RACE DISTANCE: Race distance for all races will be standardised across the two track layouts being used in 2018. The race mileage will remain roughly the same for each track 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.
17. PRE RACE BUILD UP: For 2018 the dummy grid will not be used for any classes and will be replaced by an open pit lane procedure as follows.
Superbike and Supersport Championship race pre-race procedure (times shown are sample times)
13:00 pit lane opens: There will be a countdown clock on the start finish straight which will count down from five minutes to zero. All riders have five minutes to exit the pit lane complete a lap and take their place on the grid. During the five minute period, riders may complete more than one lap and if doing so they must enter the pit lane at the end of each lap, ride slowly down the pit lane and rejoin the circuit. A pit lane speed limit of 60kmph will be enforced. A rider can pass through the pit lane as many times as they wish as long as they are on track once the pit lane closes. Rider interviews will take place on the grid once the first riders have taken their grid positions.
13.05 pit lane closes: Once the countdown clock reaches zero the pit lane will be closed. Any riders who arrive after the pit lane is closed will start the warm up laps from the pit lane and following the warm-up laps will take their position at the back of the grid in the order in which they arrived at the top of pit lane.
13.06 three minute board: Once the final rider to leave pit lane has reached the grid a three minute board will be displayed to all riders.
13.08 one minute board: Once the one minute board is displayed all team personnel must leave the grid. Rider interviews will conclude once the one minute board is displayed.
13.09 green Flag: When the final minute has elapsed the green flag will be waved and riders will start their warm up laps. Any riders who had been held at the top of pit lane will be allowed to complete the warm up laps but they must start from the back of the grid. Any rider who joins the warm up laps from pit lane and then moves to their original grid position will be black flagged from the race and disqualified. Superbike and Supersport will receive two warm up laps on the Mondello Park National Track and one warm-up lap on the Mondello Park International Track. Any rider who arrives at the top of the pit lane after the warm up laps have commenced will not be allowed to start the race.
Support Class, including ‘B’ and ‘C’ race pre-race procedure (times shown are sample times)
13:00 five minute warning: Once the previous race and podium has been completed and the track is clear and ready for racing a five minute warning will be given, by verbal announcement over the PA and by use of a pit lane hooter or siren. Once the first announcement is given riders have five minutes to exit the pit lane and make their way to the grid. At this time a countdown clock on the main straight will start counting down from five minutes to zero. This will give riders five minutes to get from wherever they are in the paddock to the top of the pit lane and out to take their grid positions. No tyre warmers and no personnel will be allowed in pit lane or on the grid so riders must decide how early they wish to leave pit lane. During the five minute period, riders may complete more than one lap and if doing so they must enter the pit lane at the end of their first lap, ride slowly down the pit lane and rejoin the circuit. A pit lane speed limit of 60kmph will be enforced. A rider can pass through the pit lane as many times as they wish as long as they are on track once the pit lane closes.
13.06 approx. Green Flag: Once all riders who left the Pit Lane have reached their grid positions a 5 second warning will be given before the green flag waves to commence the warm up lap or laps. All classes will receive two warm-up laps on the National Track and one warm-up lap on the International Track, apart from sidecars, who will receive one warm up lap on either track. Any riders who arrive after the pit lane is closed but before commencement of the warm up laps will will start the warm up laps from the pit lane and following the warm-up laps will take their position at the back of the grid in the order in which they arrived at the top of pit lane. Any rider who arrives at the top of the pit lane after the warm up laps have commenced will not be allowed to start the race.
18. WARM-UP LAPS: All classes will receive two warm up laps on the Mondello Park National Track and one warm-up lap on the Mondello Park International Track apart from sidecars who will receive one warm up lap on either track.
19. PIT LANE SPEED LIMIT: There will be a speed limit of 60kph in pit lane. Penalty for breach of the pit lane speed limit will be as follows:
1st offence – 15 second time penalty for the next race following the infringement. This time penalty will be added to the offending riders total race time.
2nd offence – Exclusion form the event.
20. PADDOCK RE-ENTRY: At the end of a qualifying session or race, when a rider has taken the chequered flag they must re enter the paddock via the back gate apart from Sidecars who will complete their lap and return to the paddock via the Pit Lane entrance. When returning to the paddock riders and their machines may be held in Parc Ferme and they may not leave Parc Ferme without permission of the Chief Scrutineer.
21. 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 co-ordinator and Clerk of the Course 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 CAN NOT RUN IN THE SUPERBIKE CLASS and entries will not be accepted from Supersport machines wishing to race in the Superbike class.
22. 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 co-ordinator and the Clerk of the Course.
23. 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. In addition any rider who is disqualified for a technical infringement will also be docked 25 points from their season total for their first offence and fifty points for each subsequent offence. 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.
24. 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.
25: PRACTICE STARTS: Practice starts are only permitted at the start of qualifying sessions and warm ups and when leaving the pits following a pit stop during qualifying. A practice start can be commenced (with prior express permission of pit marshal), from beyond the starters podium and must be completed by the bridge with the rider getting back off the power, before checking the track to their left, and moving across the white line out onto the track. Practice starts anywhere other than described above are forbidden.
26. FLAG INFRINGEMENTS: Unfortunately some riders are still blatantly ignoring flag signals.
Therefore there will be an appointed official to review riders’ times at the end of each session to ensure flags are being obeyed. Riders need to be seen to slow down under yellow and red flags.
27.1. During qualifying: If a flag infringement takes place during qualifying, the rider will start at the back of the grid and all their lap times will be considered null and void.
27.2. During Racing: A stationary yellow flag infringement is a 10 second penalty added to rider’s race finishing time. A waved yellow flag infringement is a 30 second penalty added to rider’s race finishing time. A red Flag infringement is disqualification from the race and possible exclusion form the meeting
28. LAPPING OF SLOWER RIDERS: In previous events slower riders being lapped have not shown enough awareness of faster riders overtaking them. Please be aware that if you are one of the slower qualifiers for a race that from two thirds race distance you may be in danger of being lapped. Please keep an eye out where possible for riders closing in on you and in particular be aware that once one rider has lapped you others will more than likely follow. Riders being lapped should stick to the line they are on and not make any sudden changes of line or slow dramatically due to being overtaken. Faster riders need to be aware that the onus is on them to avoid collisions with slower riders.
29. SCRUTINY: If a rider fails to attend scrutiny before practising or fails to get their machine scrutinised after crashing the rider will be excluded from the event and fined €100.
30. FALLEN RIDERS: Once a rider has fallen from their machine, they are not permitted to remount or continue in that race or qualifying/practice session. The machine has to be rechecked and passed by a scrutineer before the rider can continue in the meeting. Any infringement of this rule will result in the rider being excluded from the remainder of the practice session or race and may result in further penalties. In the event of a practice or race being interrupted by a red flag, any crashed machines will be recovered and taken to the Scrutiny Bay and released to the Team for repair. Once the repaired machine has been re-inspected and cleared by the MCI Scrutineer a rider may continue in the restarted practice or race. In the case of the second part of an interrupted race this only applies to riders classified in the result of the first part.
31. ON-BOARD CAMERAS: Only Competitors authorised by the Clerk of the Course will be permitted to film from on-board cameras. Applications shall be made on the official “Application for onboard recording” form. Where such approval is granted by the COC, the installation of a camera & associated equipment shall be inspected during scrutiny. All such equipment shall be mechanically fastened to a suitable mounting point in a manner that the scrutineer deems acceptable. The use of tape, tie wraps or Velcro fastenings etc. is strictly prohibited. Approval is only valid for the duration of the event. Any rider using an onboard camera must provide footage recorded on the camera to the organisers or event promoters when requested. Riders using on-board cameras are precluded from making public any footage from an event, through social media, web sites or other outlets, until the official Dunlop Masters Superbike Championship programme has been broadcast on TV. Competitors will be notified when they are free to publicise or release footage.
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