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August 24, 2012

Adelaide Masters returns home to Mondello Park

adelaide-masters The Adelaide Masters Series continues at Mondello Park on Sunday September 2nd, as it arrives home from a hugely successful first trip away from Kildare. The championship, which is backed by Motorcycle Insurance Specialists, Adelaide Insurance Services, impressed a new crop of riders at Bishopscourt. This has resulted in a number of Ulster competitors, who had not previously sampled the Masters, now making plans to compete in the remaining 2012 rounds.

The fast, former airfield circuit at Bishopscourt, produced some incredibly close finishes, with the Grand Final providing the closest race in the series history. In the championship races the change of track shook up the results and brought things closer at the top of both the Superbike and Supersport standings.

Waterford's Brian McCormack was the rider who lost out most despite two podium positions from his five races. The Superbike and Supersport series leader lost ground in both championships but still remains on course to lift two titles at the end of the season.

The Superbike Grid was more competitive than ever with the return of Marshall Neill and David Haire, joining championship pace setters, McCormack and Lee Johnston, along with British Superstock championship regular Cody Nally in a top five littered with quality and experience. Johnston took both victories to close down McCormack's series lead but had to battle hard for both victories.

Supersport was just as competitive, despite the loss of McCormack from the leading group due to an engine blow-up in qualifying. Riding a borrowed bike he made it to the grid to at least rescue some championship points from the event. With McCormack relegated to the midfield battles, Jonny Buckley closed the championship gap with his first win of the season backed up by a third place finish.

All eyes will now turn back to Mondello and its first single day event of the season. The event will have a slightly different format from the more usual two day events, with two, rather than three championship rounds per class, but the popular Sunday race day format will remain the same. The focus of the event will be the second Superbike & Supersport races and the big prize money Adelaide Masters Grand Final, which will also carry the Monarch of Mondello Title.

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