The entry list for the 2012 Adelaide Masters Series is a strong one as competitors get ready for the second year of the championship. With continued backing from Motorcycle Insurance specialists 'Adelaide Insurance', Ireland's biggest short circuit motorcycle race series looks set for a fantastic year.
While missing some of the overseas competitors that have graced the series over the past few years, this seasons line-up has more strength in depth and a larger number of riders committed to doing the entire series.
The line-up is headed by one of Ireland’s top teams who will be the first to run Ducati machinery in the championship. JMF Milsport will provide former British Junior Superstock champion Lee Johnston with a brand new Ducati Panigale for his début in the series and he should be a definite title contender.
Joining Johnston in returning to home shores to race will be ex TAS Superbike rider BJ Toal who will go up against British championship regular Cody Nally and a couple of riders who have decided to concentrate on Irish racing this season instead of the BSB Supersport races, Jonny Buckley and Emmett O'Grady. The local riders aiming to topple these series newcomers will be led by Brian McCormack and 2011 runner-up Damien Byrne with another former British championship runner David Haire also aiming to build on last seasons strong results.
A number of road race regulars will also join in the battle over the weekend as Alan Bonner, Ronan Pentony, Emlyn Hughes and Andrew Courtney have added their names to the list. Also in the mix will be a couple of dark horses such as Jonathan Ralph, who returned from a long lay off to dominate the Pre '97 class last season and now moves back up into the Superbike arena. The Cup class for Clubman grade riders should also see a strong battle with former champion Martin K Murphy returning after a year's lay-off to try and regain his crown.
The weekend’s action gets under way on Saturday with qualifying and the first of three championship races. Sunday's programme will see each class race twice more, with the main part of the day for spectators concentrated around the third race for both Superbike and Supersport, and the Grand Final, where the fastest riders from both classes will race together for the days biggest prize money.