Irish Superbike Easter Festival Races

Ride It Right – the motorcycle safety initiative is heading to the races this Easter weekend, Good Friday and Easter Saturday, April 22nd 23rd 2011, with the Ride It Right marquee, for the Irish Superbike Easter Festival Races at Bishopscourt Racing Circuit near Downpatrick.

If you have nowhere to head on your bike for the Easter weekend then Bishopscourt is the place to be, where the racing is on the track and not on the road.

Promoted by Motorcycle Road Racing Club of Ireland and Killinchy & District MCC, the Easter Festival Races have 2 full days of qualifying and racing. Starting at 9.30am Friday morning, untimed/timed practice for all race classes -125gp/moto 450, Supertwins, Supersports, Junior Superstock, 250gp/ss400, 600/1010 Clubman, Irish Superbikes and Sidecars.

There will be Ireland’s only Knockout Qualifying attraction with SAIL to POLE with Nutt for the Superbikes which is similar to the knock out qualifying system used in World & British Superbikes. Fastest 20 riders from Ql go through to Q2 where the fastest 10 riders go through to Q3, with the Pole position winner receiving The SAIL to POLE Trophy and £250.

The Enkalon Club have the Title Sponsor of the Irish Superbike class which has a prize fund of £1600 for rounds 1 & 3. Round 2 will feature the Anniversary 35th ENKALON TROPHY RACE which has a prize fund of £2800 with the winner receiving £1250. The Enkalon Club wished to increase the prize fund in this anniversary year. In theory if the pole man wins the 2 ISB races and the Enkalon Trophy race he could take home £2000.

Each race class will have 3 Championship races over the two days, with a total prize fund of over £13000 with the Irish Superbike Easter Festival Race Event supporting the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.

High speeds and circuit lap records are a must after the recent resurfacing and track upgrades. Ride It Right’s message for road riders is to “Ride Within Your Limits” whether riding to or from where ever you are going on the weekend, stay within your limits, think to go no farther than your abilities can handle. Don’t think you know everything and nothing can happen to you.

Experienced riders have accidents once in a while.

The PSNI BikeSafe message for the weekend from PSNI’s Gary McComb is, “The recent improvements in the weather has already brought numerous motorcycles onto the roads and I would take this opportunity to remind all riders of the need to thoroughly carry out a road worthiness check on your machine and your equipment. Even for seasoned motorcyclists, it’s worth participating in a Bikesafe assessment to freshen up your skills. Whilst a Bikesafe assessment is not a substitute for a formal lesson, you could pick up tips to help keep you safer on the roads.”

“Finally I would remind all motorcycle road users to leave the racing to the racers on the track.”

Have a fantastic weekend wherever you are heading, take a moment to think, before, while and during your ride, “Don’t let your ride turn into a tragedy for your bike or yourself!”


For MCRRCI full press release – pdf 702kb – Click Here

Motor Cycle Road Racing Club Of Ireland

Killinchy & District Motorcycle Club

Bishopscourt Racing Circuit

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