The Mondello Park Masters Superbike Championship is delighted to announce a new Young Rider of the Year award scheme which will be introduced for 2016.
The new award scheme has already attracted backing from some of Irish Motorcycle Racing’s biggest supporters, Mondello Park circuit owner Martin Birrane, Dawn International, AJ Plumbing Supplies, Pat Duke of EMS and Oxford Products. With other backers still to be confirmed a substantial prize package will be on offer.
The aim of the Young Rider of the Year award is to find young Irish Motorcycle Racing talent and assist them to develop their careers. This will be done through financial backing, provision of clothing and equipment and on-going coaching and guidance.
The competition will be open to any rider competing in any class within the Masters Series so long as they are under 23 on March 20 2016, the date of the opening round of the series. All riders wishing to be part of the scheme will be required to apply to be considered as an entrant for the competition and they can do so by CLICKING HERE. Further information on the full prize package, will be announced over the coming weeks.
Speaking on the announcement of the new Young Rider support scheme Mondello Park General Manager Roddy Green said, “We have been working on a way to support Young Irish Riders for some time and we are happy to finally be able to announce this competition. We would not be in position to offer this fantastic prize package without the support of Mondello Park owner Martin Birrane, Jim O’Brien of Bishopscourt and all of our other supporters and we are looking forward to working with them to develop this award scheme over the coming years.”
One of the first to commit their support to the initiative was Pat Crowley of Dawn International who said of their involvement, “Dawn International is delighted to be able to support this initiative. It’s an exciting new departure for Irish short circuit racing with some real foresight involved. We look forward to seeing how the season progresses and hopefully we can contribute to finding and supporting the new Jack Kennedys / Eugene Lavertys of Irish bike racing!”
At each of the six Masters events in 2016 a single young rider will be picked by a panel representing the competition supporters, motorcycle media and race organisers, with the winner from each round receiving free entries, testing and garages for the next Masters event.
The six individual round winners will then be invited back to Mondello Park at the end of the season to take part in an assessment day where they will receive coaching both on and off track from one of Ireland’s top international Riders. Each finalists abilities will be tested both on and off their bike and at the end of the final the top young rider will receive the coveted ‘Young Rider of the Year’ award and the substantial prize package for use during 2017.
Further details of the award scheme will be released over the coming weeks and all of the competition information will be available through the Masters Superbike Championship web site and social media channels as the season progresses.