Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Superbikes rev up for Bishopscourt opener

Marshall Neill

The Irish Superbike Championship gets underway this Saturday at Bishopscourt, with the famous Enkalon Trophy Race adding to the overall race programme.

Portadown's Marshall Neill is a welcome late entry and will make his debut for the Wilson Craig Honda team, whom he will ride for this coming season.

Defending champion Cameron Donald will not be on the grid and speculation that Tyco Suzuki may turn up with the inimitable Guy Martin has yet come to nothing, but with top British Superstock competitor General Lee Johnston 'rolling into town' on the MSR Ducati, the heat of the action should melt away any remaining snow.

A somewhat forgotten man is current Irish Superbike champion Denver Robb,who will be doing his utmost to upset the pre-race predictions, which are going the way of Neill and Johnston. Another former top-flight circuit man making the trip will be Stephen Thompson who is expected to make his debut on the John Burrow's Racing Suzuki Superbike.

Antrim lad Jonny Buckley is Ducati mounted this season in ISB and could give the regular front-runners a tough time, but conspicuous by his absence will be David Haire.

The Lisburn lad went under the knife this week following a horrendous crash last weekend at Mondello Park and is expected to be out for six weeks.

Saturday's 18-race programme gets underway at 11.00am and thanks to management team efforts at Bishopscourt Race Circuit, we are reliably informed the track is in great racing condition. Entry fee, including a free event programme is just £5 per adult.