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Robbie Phillis joins Superbike Masters at SMSP ASBK final

2019 Australian Superbike Championship

Round 7 – Sydney Motorsport Park

Round 7 of the 2019 Motul Pirelli Australian Superbike Championship hits Sydney Motorsport Park this weekend and will not only mark the grand finale of the Australian Superbike Championship, but will also offer a special treat with the Superbike Masters category appearing on the support schedule.

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Superbike Masters – John Allen – Image by TBG

The Superbike Masters category appeared earlier in the season at the Morgan Park ASBK round, and encompasses a range of Period 5 (1976-82) and Period 6 (1983-1990) motorcycles.

With big, heavy road-based motorcycles such as Suzuki GSX1100, Kawasaki Z1000, Yamaha ZFR1000, Ducati TTF1 and even an Irving Vincent, the category showcases the history of Superbike competition in Australia.

While the emphasis is on historic bikes, this weekend’s round will also feature legendary rider of Australian motorcycle racing history, six-time Australian Champion Robbie Phillis entering the event on a Harris Suzuki XR69.

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Superbike Masters – Alex Pickett – Image by TBG

Superbike Masters competitor and series liaison Darren Lark said one of the main points of interest is the differences between the various motorcycle brands. The Superbike Masters were popular with the crowd when they appeared on the program at the Morgan Park round, and SMP has attracted a 27-bike field.

Darren Lark

“These days, a lot of current-model motorcycles are very similar in their construction, but back in the 1970s and ‘80s there were different design philosophies. A lot of people enjoy the nostalgic aspect of looking at the bikes, and remembering their unique features. Some of the bikes were completely naked, whereas others had elaborate fairing designs. From our perspective, it’s like a group of mates playing cricket, and getting invited to play at the MCG during the lunch break at the Boxing Day Test. At the end of the day, we’re just a group of mates who enjoy racing each other on the track and hanging out off the track, and it’s very cool having the opportunity to race at such high-profile events.”

Lark said spectators at SMP are encouraged to wander through the pits, talk to the riders and experience the machines first-hand.

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Superbike Masters – John Allen currently leads the Superbike Masters standings – Image by TBG

Tickets for the event are now on sale, and can be purchased online here (link). All patrons who purchase tickets before 11:59pm on Thursday evening will receive a FREE Sunday pit-lane walk.

Superbike Masters Standings

Pos. Rider Points
1 John ALLEN 75
2 Alexander PICKETT  60
3 Murray CLARK 54
4 Mark McVEIGH 51
5 Scott WEBSTER 48
6 Mark RODDA 44
7 Gregory JAMES 29
8 Darren LARK 26
9 Richard EASTON 14

ASBK Schedule

Source: MCNews.com.au