Sporting Regulations 2021

The Dunlop Masters Superbike Championship Sporting regulations 2021 – Version 1
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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 included 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 championship is organised and promoted by Mondello Park.
3. EVENTS: The 2021 Dunlop Masters Superbike Championship will consist of five events run at Mondello Park contested by approved MCI racing classes complying with MCI Technical Regulations. The dates for these events will be as follows:
EVENT 1: Rounds 1 – 3 – Saturday & Sunday June 26th & 27th – Mondello Park National Circuit
EVENT 2: Rounds 4 – 6 – Saturday & Sunday July 24th & 25th – Mondello Park National International Circuit
EVENT 3: Rounds 7 – 9 – Saturday & Sunday August 28th & 29th – Mondello Park National Circuit
EVENT 4: Rounds 10 – 12 – Saturday & Sunday September 25th & 26th – Mondello Park International Circuit
EVENT 5: Rounds 13 – 15 – Saturday & Sunday October 9th & 10th – Mondello Park National Circuit
4. OFFICIALS:
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
TECHNICAL 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 2021 and all machines taking part must comply with the technical regulations for their class as set out by the MCUI; Superbike, Supersport, Pre-Injection 600, Pre-Injection 1000, Supertwins, Production Twins, Classic Superbikes, Lightweight Supersport, Junior Supersport, Moto1 and Sidecars (with separate awards for Drivers and Passengers).
7. CHAMPIONSHIP REGISTRATION: Championship Registration is a requirement of competing in any Masters event, even as a one-off competitor. Championship registration is free and available on-line on the championship web site www.masterssuperbike.ie.
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
only completes the first, standing start, lap will be demoted six places from their starting position from race 1 for race 2. Grid positions for the third race will be determined by the fastest lap time for each rider in race two except for sidecars who will retain the race one grid for all races. Where two riders set an identical lap time the riders will be placed on the race 3 grid in order of their finishing position in race 2. Any rider who qualifies for race 2 but does not set a lap time in that race, or only completes the first, standing start, lap will be demoted six places from their starting position from race 2 for race 3.
13. QUALIFICATION FOR SUPERBIKE & SUPERSPORT: For qualifying all riders will be designated as Cup or Pro as per Championship Sporting Regulation 8.5. Riders will be split for qualifying in the Superbike and Supersport classes into the following sessions. The ‘B’ session will be for all ‘Cup’ designated riders apart from those ‘Cup’ riders who are eligible to compete in the ‘A’ qualifying session based on the following rules.
– To be eligible to qualify in the ‘A’ session the following criteria must be met. A rider must have achieved at least one lap within 107% of the fastest lap time in their class, in at least one of the three races for their class at the two previous Masters race events, or in at least one of the three races for their class at the two previous Masters race events in which they competed.
– Being eligible to qualify in the ‘A’ session at one event does not make a rider eligible to continue to qualify in the ‘A’ session at subsequent events as eligibility will be reviewed after each event.
– All newcomers to the Masters ‘Cup’ along with all riders who do not fit the above criteria will qualify in the ‘B’ session.
– Qualification for the championship race will still be dependent on a rider achieving a time within 110% of the fastest time in qualifying, irrespective of which session they have qualified in, with all those Cup riders who do not achieve the 110% standard racing in the ‘B’ race for race one even if they qualified in the ‘A’ session.

The times from the ‘A’ and ‘B’ sessions will be combined to form the qualifying results. Qualifying for the first Superbike, Supersport or Superbike & Supersport ‘B’ race will be determined by times set in the official qualifying sessions. All Pro grade riders will automatically qualify for the championship race along with any ‘Cup’ Grade riders who qualify within 110% of the fastest qualifying time in their class (either Superbike or Supersport). Any ‘Cup’ rider who does not achieve a time within 110% of the fastest qualifying time in their class (either Superbike or Supersport) will race in the ‘B’ Race. In all cases it is a riders sole responsibility to make themselves aware of the race/races in which they will be placed and what their correct starting position should be. The organisers may move or place a rider from the ‘B’ race grid into the Championship Race grid if the rider usually qualifies for the championship race but due to mechanical or any other issues has failed to set a lap time, or a representative lap time, in qualifying. Any changes to the grids will be at the discretion of the clerk of the course and may include placing riders who have not qualified, into a particular session based on their usual lap times, on safety grounds. Following Saturday’s Race 1, any ‘B’ race competitor who achieves 110% of the fastest time in Championship Race 1 can be upgraded to the Championship race for Sunday’s races. Any upgrades will be at the discretion of the Clerk of the Course and will only take place if similar track conditions prevail in both races. Where qualifying for the ‘Pro’ and ‘Cup’ sessions for Superbike or Supersport take place under different track conditions the make up of the grid will be decided by the Clerk of the Course in conjunction with the Championship co-ordinator. There will be no upgrade from the ‘B’ race to the Championship race between races 2 and 3.
14. GRID POSITIONS FOR SUPERBIKE & SUPERSPORT:
Race 1: The grid positions for race 1 will be formed using combined qualifying times from the qualifying sessions for each class. Any rider who is outside 110% of the fastest time in their class will race in the ‘B’ race, where grids will be formed based on lap times irrespective of class. All Pro riders will automatically qualify for the championship race.
Race 2: The grid positions for championship race 2 will be formed using the combined fastest lap times for each rider from championship race 1 and ‘B’ race 1. Any rider who has lapped within 110% of the fastest lap time in their class will race in Championship race 2 along with any rider who qualified directly for championship race 1. Any rider who is outside 110% of the fastest time in their class and did not race in Championship race 1 will race in ‘B’ race 2, where grids will be formed based on lap times irrespective of class. Where two riders set an identical lap time the riders will be placed on the race 2 grid in order of their finishing position. Any rider who qualifies for race 1 but does not set a lap time in that race, or only completes the first, standing start, lap will be demoted six places from their starting position from race 1 for race 2. Riders who are moved into Championship race 2 from ‘B’ Race 1 will be added to the back of the grid, behind all riders who raced in Championship Race 1 in order of fastest lap time
Race 3: The grid positions for championship race 3 will be formed using the fastest lap times for each rider from championship race 2. The grid positions for ‘B’ Race 3 will be formed using the fastest lap times for each rider from ‘B’ Race 2. Where two riders set an identical lap time the riders will be placed on the race 3 grid in order of their finishing position. Any rider who qualifies for race 2 but does not set a lap time in that race, or only completes the first, standing start, lap will be demoted six places from their starting position from race 2 for race 3. No riders will be moved from ‘B’ race two into Championship race 3.
15. SUPERBIKE & SUPERSPORT TYRES: Dunlop will be the sole supplier of tyres for the Superbike and Supersport classes and no other manufacturers tyres can be used in Masters Superbike or Supersport races, qualifying or warm up sessions. At all Masters events, rules regarding restriction of the quantity of tyres used by each rider in Superbike and Supersport will apply. There will be no restrictions on the tyre sizes or compounds used as long as the tyres comply with the regulations for the class they are being used in and are Dunlop tyres. The previously specified tyres, as shown in the table below, will continue to 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. For prices for any other Dunlop tyre size or compound, please contact Ernie Coates (contact details shown in the next section). 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 an 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 any tyre used so long as the correct sticker for the current event is also in place. Tyres may be checked in the pit lane before riders go on track for their races, so please allow extra time for delays at the pit lane exit when heading to the grid. Tyres may also be checked on the grid or in Parc-Ferme at the end of a race, and any rider found without the correct stickers may be excluded from the results. There are no restrictions on the number of wet tyres used. Tyre stickers are not required to be 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, using tyres other than Dunlop may be excluded from the event and may forfeit any points scored at that event as well as being penalised in accordance with the championship and event regulations.

16. ENTRIES: Entries for all events will be through the Mondello Park on-line entry system. The fee for each class at each event will be as set out in the online entry system, including any late entry fees. Discounts are available for multiple entries in one payment (see the competitor info pack for details of these offers). All riders can set themselves up as a user on the system when entering for the first time and their information will be stored for subsequent entries. Any rider changing class, contact details or bike must make those changes on the system prior to entering.
17. PRE RACE BUILD UP:
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.
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. Interviews may take place on the grid during the pre race build up.
13.08 one minute board: Once the one minute board is displayed all team personnel must leave the grid.
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. Any rider who takes the green flag to start the warm-up laps is considered to be a starter and may enter the pit lane during the warm up laps if required and then rejoin the race from the pit lane.
Support Class, including ‘B’ and ‘C’ but excluding Sidecar 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. Tyre warmers and personnel will be allowed on the grid and 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: When the five minute count down is complete a one minute board will be shown to the grid. Once the one minute board is displayed all team personnel must leave the grid. 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. Any rider who takes the green flag to start the warm-up laps is considered to be a starter and may enter the pit lane during the warm up laps if required and then rejoin the race from the pit lane.
Sidecar 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 three 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 three 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 three minutes to zero. This will give riders three minutes to get from wherever they are in the paddock to the top of the pit lane and out to take their grid positions. If at any point during the three minute countdown all sidecars are on their grid positions the starter will wave the green flag and start the warm-up lap even if this is prior to completion of the full three minute countdown.
13.06 approx. Green Flag: Once the starter waves the green flag the sidecars will commence their warm up lap. 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.
19. 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.
20. 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.
21. 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. 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.
22. 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 scrutineered 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 600 bikes in Supersport.
Pre-Injection 1000 bikes in Superbike.
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.
23. 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 any non-qualifiers will be accommodated where possible in the Superbike and Supersport ‘B’ subject to their lap times being sufficiently quick to not cause a safety issue. 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.
24. 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.
25. 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.
26: PRACTICE STARTS: Practice starts are only permitted on the slowing down lap after a rider has passed the chequered flag at the and of qualifying and/or warm-up sessions. Practice starts can only be completed from the designated practice start point, which will be clearly marked by a ‘practice start’ sign on left hand side of the road on the exit of turn two. Practice starts must be commenced only from a position adjacent to the ‘practice start’ sign and riders must complete their practice start and slow down again before turn three. Each rider is only allowed to complete one practice start following qualifying and one following the Sunday morning warm-up session. Riders who do not wish to undertake a practice start must return to the paddock by carrying on straight at turn 2 and entering the paddock via the slip road and the back gate of the paddock. Any rider completing a practice start must return to the paddock via the back gate by turning right at the end of the bank on the right hand side of turn 4. If for any reason it is not possible for practice starts to be undertaken the Marshals will signal this at turn 2 by directing all riders down the turn 2 slip road and into the back gate of the paddock. Under no circumstances are practice starts to be carried out at any other location or at any other time other than those specified above. The penalty for performing a practice start outside of the above regulations will be demotion to the back of the grid for the race following the transgression.
27. 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.
28. YELLOW & RED FLAG INFRINGEMENTS AND PENALTIES:
28.1 Yellow Flag Infringements: The area controlled by a yellow flag commences once a rider passes the flag position and remains in force until the flag position following the incident has been passed. Once the flag position following the incident has been passed riders may recommence racing. Any overtaking manoeuvres completed before a yellow flag area is reached will not incur a penalty. If a rider has not completed an overtaking manoeuvre before commencement of the yellow flag area they must slow down and remain behind the rider they were attempting to overtake, unless it is safer to continue with the manoeuvre and pass the rider.. If an advantage is gained by overtaking a slower rider a penalty may be applied at the discretion of the Clerk of the Course. In all cases overtaking of slower riders must be completed in a safe and controlled manner. The definition of an overtaking manoeuvre being completed is that any portion of the bike doing the overtaking is ahead of the bike being overtaken
28.2. Waved Yellow Flag Penalty: The following are the penalties for overtaking or not slowing down in the area covered by a waved yellow flag and not immediately reversing any positional or time advantage gained:
During warm-up or qualifying: Cancellation of lap times or a loss of grid positions in the next relevant race. In addition a fine may be imposed.
During a race: A penalty which may result in a loss of places in the result, or a time penalty, or exclusion from the results, or a grid penalty in a subsequent race, depending on the circumstances. In addition a fine may be imposed. If in any case the Clerk of the Course considers an offence to be a case of reckless or dangerous riding they may report the offence to the Stewards for further action.
28.3. Stationary Yellow Flag Penalty: for overtaking or not slowing down in the area covered by a stationery yellow flag and not immediately reversing any positional or time advantage gained:
During warm-up or qualifying: Cancellation of lap times or a loss of grid positions in the next relevant race. In addition a fine may be imposed.
During a race: A penalty which may result in a loss of places in the result, or a time penalty, or exclusion from the results, or a grid penalty in a subsequent race, depending on the circumstances. In addition a fine may be imposed. If in any case the Clerk of the Course considers an offence to be a case of reckless or dangerous riding they may report the offence to the Stewards for further action.
28.4. Red Flag Infringements: Riders must slow down and return slowly to the pit lane or grid, as instructed. Any rider not slowing sufficiently will be deemed to have committed an offence.
28.5. Red flag Penalty: The penalty for a red flag infringement can be a time penalty, grid position penalty, disqualification from a session or race or exclusion from the meeting depending on circumstances.
29. RIDER BEHAVIOUR: Abusive or threatening behaviour, whether verbal or physical, by any rider, or anyone associated with a rider, towards any official, marshal, competitor, spectator or member of track staff will not be tolerated. Any rider who engages in such behaviour, or any rider who is associated with anyone who engages in such behaviour will be subject to the following sanctions.
1st offence; Possible disqualification from the event at which the transgression occurs along with possible forfeit of all points scored at the event at which the transgression occurs. Possible refusal of entry for the following event.
2nd offence; Possible cancellation of competition licence.
30. FOUL, UNFAIR OR DANGEROUS DRIVING. The Clerk of the Course shall immediately exclude, or apply any other penalty they may feel necessary, any rider who, in their opinion, is guilty of any foul, unfair or dangerous driving, either in practice, warm up or during a race.
31. 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.
32. 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.
33. ON-BOARD CAMERAS: All onboard cameras and associated equipment must be presented at scrutineering for approval. Mounting plates must be bolted on and the camera and/or housing lock wired to the base plate. An approved media sticker will then be issued. No bikes carrying camera equipment will be allowed on track without this media sticker. 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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