IRISH Superbike racers will finally be back on track this weekend as the Dunlop Masters Superbike Championship roars into life at Mondello Park.
One of just two events scheduled to run this season, the series will restart with no spectators as riders dive into an eight-round battle.
The focus of the weekends’ action will be the Superbike class, where 30 competitors will line up to do battle. Most of last year’s top contenders are back looking to knock Richie Ryan off the top spot which he’s held for the past three seasons.
Luke Johnston, Peter Moloney, James Kelly and Emmet O’Grady will be looking to close the gap to the Kilkenny rider and joining them will be Road Racing stars Derek Sheils and Michael Sweeney along with the quickly-improving Ross Irwin.
The supporting cast will be lead by Supersport, where a new champion will be crowned as none of the Masters previous title holders are entered for the season opener.
Last year’s runner-up Andrew Murphy will face opposition from former Cup champion Keelim Ryan, teenager Oisin Maher, Luke O’Higgins and Sweeney, while Twins graduates Jamie Collins and Robert O’Connell look to be the main challengers in the Cup division.
Also racing four times over the weekend will be the Pre-Injection and Twins classes with Classic Superbikes, Moto 400 and Sidecars all thrown in the mix with three races apiece.