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Masters finale this weekend

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Masters finale this weekend thumbnailRookie Jamie Lyons, will be in action at Mondello this weekend.

THE 2017 Masters Superbike Championship reaches what should be a thrilling climax this weekend.

The series returns to the Mondello Park International Track where all eyes will be on the Superbike and Supersport battles where both titles will be fought out by between two riders.

The Supersport Championship is a tale of two riders Jason Lynn leads Ross Patterson by a scant ten points going into the season finale.

Lynn's ageing Walter Bell Suzuki has served him well all year, carrying him to six wins and seven second places from sixteen races. Patterson equalled Lynn's win tally, by taking two victories on his Kingsbury Kawasaki at Bishopscourt, to ensure that the title will not be decided until the final day of the season.

Third place is still open, with Aaron Clifford ahead of Cup rider, Eunan McGlinchey from Aghadowey.

The Supersport Cup class has been dominated by McGlinchey, one of the rising stars of Irish Motorcycle Racing.

The Aghadowey teenager has ridden an almost standard Suzuki to some incredible results and led overall on a number of occasions. McGlinchey wrapped up the championship at Bishopscourt with three races left to go.

Veteran Richie Ryan has been the star of the Superbike Championship for most of the season, despite it being his debut year in the top class.

Ryan was ever-present on the Superbike podium over the first eleven races of the year taking his Mobil1 Yamaha R1 to four second places before a run of five wins in a row

The championship leaders' main rival in the second half of the season has been Charles Stuart, who took his first ever Superbike win at round twelve.

Stuart, on his Parker Car Transport Yamaha, won again at the next race and continued to close the gap when the series visited Bishopscourt, outscoring Ryan once more, to take the championship fight to the last event.

Taking time out from British Championship duties, Alaistair Seeley will be in action on the IFS Yamaha.

Of the remaining Championships still to be decided the Principal Insurance Pre-Injection class is the hardest to call.

Neither Darryl Sharkey or Joe Grant had won a race at the Masters prior to 2017, but now they sit at the top of the championship table with five wins each and just eight points separating them.

Sharkey leads the way, but with 75 points available over the final three races this battle could go either way.

In the Young Guns, Cameron Dawson, hopes to capatalise on third place, where he will be up against fellow local rookie, Jamie Lyons

Last weekend, Cameron made his four stroke debut at Oulton Park, despite the all new machine and a new circuit to learn, Cameron finished 8th overall.

 

The final three rounds of the Masters Superbike Championship takes place over two days on September 30th and October 1st at Mondello Park, on the full International Circuit.

Information on the event including the timetable is available from www.masterssuperbike.ie, where tickets for the weekend's action can be purchased at pre-event discounts.

 

International Dates for 2018

The provisional dates for the two Irish International road races for 2018 have been announced.

 

The 2018 International North West 200 race week will take place on 13-19 May, with the main race day on Saturday 19th.

 

Practice sessions for the MCE UGP will take place on Wednesday, 8th August and the morning of Thursday, 9thAugust, followed by racing that afternoon and on the main race day, Saturday, 11th August.

 

Clerk of the Course, Noel Johnston, has also confirmed that there are some changes on the way for 2018, and they will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

Following his success last week, Lewis Mullen continued his recent run of success, when he scored more podium finishes at Desertmartin to take second place in the Ulster Championship.

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