2019 Australian Superbike Championship

Round 7 – Sydney Motorsport Park

Round 7 of the 2019 Motul Pirelli Australian Superbike Championship hits Sydney Motorsport Park this weekend and will not only mark the grand finale of the Australian Superbike Championship, but will also offer a special treat with the Superbike Masters category appearing on the support schedule.

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Superbike Masters – John Allen – Image by TBG

The Superbike Masters category appeared earlier in the season at the Morgan Park ASBK round, and encompasses a range of Period 5 (1976-82) and Period 6 (1983-1990) motorcycles.

With big, heavy road-based motorcycles such as Suzuki GSX1100, Kawasaki Z1000, Yamaha ZFR1000, Ducati TTF1 and even an Irving Vincent, the category showcases the history of Superbike competition in Australia.

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Superbike Masters – Alex Pickett – Image by TBG

Superbike Masters competitor and series liaison Darren Lark said one of the main points of interest is the differences between the various motorcycle brands. The Superbike Masters were popular with the crowd when they appeared on the program at the Morgan Park round, and SMP has attracted a 27-bike field.

Darren Lark

“These days, a lot of current-model motorcycles are very similar in their construction, but back in the 1970s and ‘80s there were different design philosophies. A lot of people enjoy the nostalgic aspect of looking at the bikes, and remembering their unique features. Some of the bikes were completely naked, whereas others had elaborate fairing designs. From our perspective, it’s like a group of mates playing cricket, and getting invited to play at the MCG during the lunch break at the Boxing Day Test. At the end of the day, we’re just a group of mates who enjoy racing each other on the track and hanging out off the track, and it’s very cool having the opportunity to race at such high-profile events.”

Lark said spectators at SMP are encouraged to wander through the pits, talk to the riders and experience the machines first-hand.

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Superbike Masters – John Allen currently leads the Superbike Masters standings – Image by TBG

Tickets for the event are now on sale, and can be purchased online here (link). All patrons who purchase tickets before 11:59pm on Thursday evening will receive a FREE Sunday pit-lane walk.

Superbike Masters Standings

1John ALLEN75
2Alexander PICKETT 60
3Murray CLARK54
4Mark McVEIGH51
5Scott WEBSTER48
6Mark RODDA44
7Gregory JAMES29
8Darren LARK26
9Richard EASTON14

ASBK Schedule

7.45Riders Briefing Briefing 
8.45YMI Supersport 300Free Practice
9.1Superbike MastersFree Practice
9.3Motorsport TV SupersportFree Practice
10YMF R3 CupFree Practice 1
10.25Kawasaki SuperbikeFree Practice 1
11bLU cRU Oceania Junior CupFree Practice 1
11.2YMI Supersport 300Free Practice 2
11.45Superbike MastersFree Practice 2
12Lunch – ASBK Pillion Rides 
12.35Motorsport TV SupersportFree Practice 2
13.05YMF R3 CupFree Practice 2
13.3Kawasaki SuperbikeFree Practice 2
14.05bLU cRU Oceania Junior CupFree Practice 2
14.25YMI Supersport 300Free Practice 3
14.5Motorsport TV SupersportFree Practice 3
15.2YMF R3 CupFree Practice 3
15.45Kawasaki SuperbikeFree Practice 3
16.2bLU cRU Oceania Junior CupFree Practice 3
16.4Superbike MastersFree Practice 3
09.00YMI Supersport 300Qualifying 1
09.25Superbike MastersQualifying 1
09.45Motorsport TV SupersportQualifying 1
10.15YMF R3 CupQualifying 1
10.40Kawasaki SuperbikeTimed Practice
11.20bLU cRU Oceania Junior CupQualifying 1
11.40YMI Supersport 300Qualifying 2
12.05Superbike MastersQualifying 2
12.20Lunch – ASBK Pillion Rides 
13.00YMF R3 CupQualifying 2
13.25Motosport TV SupersportQualifying 2
13.55bLU cRU Oceania Junior CupQualifying 2
14.15YMI Supersport 300Race 1
14.40Kawasaki SuperbikeQualifying 1
15.10Kawasaki Superbike (Top 12)Qualifying 2
15.30bLU cRU Oceania Junior CupRace 1
15.55Superbike MastersRace 1
16.15YMF R3 CupRace 1
08.30YMF R3 CupWarm Up
08.40bLU cRU Oceania Junior CupWarm Up
08.50Motorsport TV SupersportWarm Up
09.00YMI Supersport 300Warm Up
09.10Kawasaki SuperbikeWarm Up
09.25Superbike MastersWarm Up
09.40YMF R3 CupRace 2
10.05bLU cRU Oceania Junior CupRace 2
10.25Motorsport TV SupersportRace 1
11.00YMI Supersport 300Race 2
11.25Kawasaki SuperbikeRace 1
12.10Superbike MastersRace 2
12.25Lunch – Pit Lane Walk 
13.05YMI Supersport 300*Race 3
13.35Motorsport TV Supersport*Race 2
14.10Kawasaki Superbike*Race 2
15.05bLU cRU Oceania Junior CupRace 3
15.30YMF R3 CupRace 3
15.55Superbike MastersRace 3