Masters title battle heads for Bishopscourt

Robert English will be aiming for victory
Robert English will be aiming for victory

All the major title contenders have been confirmed for this weekend’s penultimate round of the 2016 Mondello Masters Superbike Championship at Bishopscourt in Co Down.

Rounds 12 and 13 of the series will take place on Sunday, with two feature Superbike and Supersport races taking centre stage ahead of the non-championship Norman Brown Trophy event, which brings the fastest riders from both classes together for the their final race of the day.

Robert English and Nikki Coates head to Bishopscourt as the key Superbike title protagonists, but they face stiff opposition from Mark Glasgow, Cody Nally and perennial Masters frontrunner Gerard Kinghan.

Jamie Patterson, who has been absent since round one due to a major crash, makes his long-awaited return riding BMW machinery, joining Peter Moloney on the S1000RR.

Alistair Kirk also makes a rare masters appearance with his Kawasaki, Philip McNally and Cup class leader Charles Stuart round out the leading top ten challengers.

Coates is once again in contention in the Supersport class, where he was victorious the last time the Masters series visited Bishopscourt earlier this season.

However, championship leaders Richie Ryan and Luke Johnston are certain to be in the hunt for victory, while the class has been bolstered by a number of returnees, most notably reigning champion Robert English, who makes his first Supersport appearance this season.

Ross Patterson also makes his return as does Robert Kennedy, who has been absent since the season opener. Of the regular pacesetters, Jason Lynn is the only rider without a win this season but after ironing out a front suspension issue with his Walter Bell Suzuki, he will be hoping to set the record straight on Sunday.

A full programme of support races will also be held for the Pre Injection, Supertwins, Production Twins and lightweight Supersport classes.

Racing is scheduled to commence at 11.50am with the opening Supersport race, while it is anticipated that the last of the championship feature races will take place shortly before 4pm.

Admission is £10 for adults with under 16s admitted free. Further information on the Masters Superbike Championship can be found at www.masterssuperbike.ie.