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Superbikes get green light for a quick return to Kirkistown

Last weekend's abandoned Irish Superbike Championship event at Kirkistown has been re-scheduled for this Saturday, September 14th at the same County Down venue, thanks to some quick thinking by the promoting Belfast & District Motor Club.

B&D Club Secretary John McClure jumped at the chance when this Saturday's date became available.So after a couple of frantic nights filled with phone calls and additional support from many of his Club regulars – this Saturday, Kirkistown will see a full schedule with Ulster and Irish championship points awarded for all classes.

Any competitor who had entered the September 7th event will be eligible to race this weekend and the loyal spectators who travelled last week, will be granted free admission. For remaining fans admission will be £10 per person with children under 12 free when accompanied by an adult.

Practice gets underway at 9.00am and as with all events promoted by the Belfast and District Club Ltd all classes will get sessions of both untimed and timed practice.First race scheduled to start at 1pm

On the World Superbike scene, Ballyclare's Jonathan Rea (left) who broke his femur in Germany a fortnight ago, will be replaced in the Pata Honda set-up this weekend in Turkey by Italian Michel Fabrizio –who will stand in for the Isle of Man-based Ulsterman to ride alongside Leon Haslam.

With only four rounds left this season, Aprilia Racing's Eugene Laverty – currently fourth in the standings – will be looking to close a 40 point gap on championship leader Tom Sykes. The Monaco-based Toomebridge man said: "I raced in Istanbul back in 2007 in the 250cc World Championship, so it's not entirely a new circuit for me."

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