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April 07, 2008

Big Name Riders Line Up For Mondello Masters Opener


Mondello Masters Motorcycle Racing The entry list for the opening Mondello Masters race has this week been boosted by the addition of some big name riders. A number of riders currently competing on the British Superbike package have committed to the April 13th event which also includes Mondello’s first 2008 Irish Superbike Championship races and will be organised by the Leinster Motor Club.

The Mondello Masters series is a new, major prize money, initiative designed to attract Ireland’s top racers to compete in the three Mondello Park ISB rounds. Instigated by Mondello Park to breath new life into the circuits Motorcycle race events the series also has the backing of Motorcycling Ireland. Between the two bodies the prize fund for the three race series is over €33,000 not including the standard ISB purse.

In another boost for the series Dunlop have been announced as the official tyre partner for the Mondello Masters. The agreement will provide some excellent advantages for riders who decide to run on Dunlop rubber. A full tyre service, similar to that provided at the BSB, will be provided by Dunlop Motorsport UK and in addition the top three riders running Dunlop’s will receive awards. A full set of tyres will go the top Dunlop runner with second receiving a rear tyre and third place getting a front.

Top of the entry list for next weekends first of three events will be two of Irelands most successful overseas competitors, Marty Nutt and Adrian Coates, who will be joined directly from the opening BSB rounds by Yamaha R1 Cup competitor Jack Kennedy and Superstock rider Alastair Seeley. Also on the entry list is another rider planning, but yet to commence, his BSB assault, Brian McCormick.

Scotland’s Keith Amor and regular ISB front runners Michael Pearson, Declan Swanton, Kirk Jamison and Denver Robb will also be on the grid giving a very strong group of ten riders, who anyone wanting to lift the top prize of €3,500 will have to beat.

The grid for the Masters race will be mainly made up of Superbike riders but Supersport competitors will also be eligible to take part. With over one hundred competitors entered between the two classes the battle for qualification will be one of the hottest ever seen at the circuit. The fastest 20 ISB and Supersport riders on Saturday will be invited to take part in the Masters qualifying session along with four wild card entries. The Masters decider will then be a single race to be held at 16:00 on Sunday.

The feature race will not be the only opportunity for fans to see the big names in action, as Sunday’s programme will also include two Irish Superbike Races and two Supersport races for which the Masters competitors will also be eligible. Also on the programme will be races for 125cc and 250cc GP machines, Minitwins, Pre ’97 machines & Sidecars.