Who’s got the Masters plan?

MotorbikesBy Finn Gillespie
Robert English and Robert Kennedy
Robert English and Robert Kennedy

IT’LL be the battle of the middleweights when Ireland’s biggest motorcycle racing championship returns to Mondello Park in two weeks’ time.

The Adelaide Masters Series will see Ireland’s short circuit motorcycle racing stars continue their fight to see who will be crowned as Masters champions for 2015.

The series continues to be the best proving ground for young Irish talent, particularly in the Supersport class, where the Masters is having its most competitive season yet.

Robert English leads the way in Supersport after six rounds. The young Ulsterman has a healthy points margin which does not reflect just how close the series has been as eight different riders have made the podium so far this season, with three different race winners.

English has won four races but has had to work very hard for those wins with at least half a dozen riders in contention in every race.

The Superbike class has been less competitive at the head of the field this season but there have been some fantastic battles for the lower places.

Derek Sheils has dominated, with the on-form Dubliner taking all six wins so far with relative ease. Engine problems at June’s event hurt his closest rival Brian McCormack’s challenge, but with a new engine now installed in his Honda, the Waterford man is ready to try and break Sheils’s domination.

Behind Sheils, Gerard Kinghan and Ryan Rainey, back after a long absence, have been the ones to take up the challenge and look most likely to join McCormack in challenging the championship leader’s domination.

The series promoters at Kildare circuit Mondello Park have taken the decision to reduce entry fees for the next event as a one-off offer for the races on Saturday and Sunday, July 18 and 19.

Information on the Adelaide Masters Series can be found at adelaidemasters.ie and the championship can be followed on facebook and twitter using #adelaidemasters.