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

Pos. Rider Points
1 John ALLEN 75
2 Alexander PICKETT  60
3 Murray CLARK 54
4 Mark McVEIGH 51
5 Scott WEBSTER 48
6 Mark RODDA 44
7 Gregory JAMES 29
8 Darren LARK 26
9 Richard EASTON 14

ASBK Schedule

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