Southern Downs Series on track for 2016

Southern Downs Series on track for 2016

Author: Media/Tuesday, February 09, 2016/Categories: State News

The Pirelli Southern Downs Road Race Series run by The Motorcycle Sportsmen of Queensland continues to shine as a series, with round one kicking off at Morgan Park Raceway on February 13 - 14.

Over 100 competitors already entered means the success of the series looks set to continue. No matter what kind of bike you want to race there is a grid of like minded competitors waiting to test themselves against you, make friends and enjoy lap after lap of fun.

Round One also plays its part in deciding this year's Queensland Champions in the Moto3/125GP and 250/300 Production classes. Round Three is the second and final leg of the Queensland Championship for these classes.

The Motorcycle Sportsmen of Queensland’s incentive of allowing bone-fide first time racers the chance to take part in their first race meeting for no cost (subject to attending a track-day) was a great success last year and we are pleased to continue it through 2016.

Club Vice-President Simon Dickson says it has been a privilege to bring new riders into the sport and watch them grow into competent racers.

“As a club we believe it is important for the long-term future of the sport to have a low pressure pathway into the sport, and we hope that this year's Club Racers enjoy being a part of our club,” he says.



Formula 1 is where the superbikes play, these are the most powerful machines, 1000cc missiles… if you like to see bikes laying down rubber out of corners these are the beasts!

Formula 2 will see the 600cc Supersport bikes; a class filled with massive talent, and many of our club members have gone on to become National Champions or raced Internationally.

Formula 3 is a club orientated class for mid sized bikes, ranging from 250cc 2 strokes to 650cc twin cylinders with a solid smattering of 400cc bikes from the 90’s.

Formula 4 and Formula 6 are for machines prior to this century, up to 500cc and over 500c. If you like to see older machines put through their paces these are the classes for you!

Moto3/125GP machines are purebred GP racing machines, light weight and maximum corner speed. Many of the stars of tomorrow race in this class on their way to the world stage.

250/300 Production is the class where many racers cut their teeth, with a lower cost of entry it’s the perfect proving ground to see you are a racer at heart.

Sidecars are for those of you with a passion for putting your life in the hands of your partner! These custom made machines require rider and swinger to act as one to win.

In the Supermoto class, dirt is not just for growing plants for these riders. They start with a dirt bike, add fancy suspension, big brakes, and wheels with slick tyres, then use a track that is a mixture of bitumen and dirt.

It’s not just the riders that get to be involved, the club has some of the country's best race officials. If you have a passion for racing, but don’t want to ride, maybe becoming an official is just the thing for you. As well as learning from some of the best, volunteers receive lunch, and accommodation can also be provided if you are officiating over multiple days and do not live locally. Contact officials@motorcyclesportsmen.com.au if you want more information.

Dates for the 2015 Pirelli Southern Downs Road Race Series:

  • Round 1 - 13th & 14th February
  • Round 2 - 2nd & 3rd April
  • Round 3 - 18th  & 19th June
  • Round 4 - 17th & 18th September
  • Round 5 - 12th & 13th November

The format over the two days is to run qualifying Saturday before lunch, followed by racing after lunch and all day Sunday.

Spectator entry is FREE, so come out to Morgan Park Raceway and check out the action. You not only get to see the bikes on track, but you can walk around the pits and check out the bikes up close and chat to the riders. The circuit also has a great canteen where you can purchase hot food and cold drinks at excellent prices.

To keep up to date with the series, check out the Motorcycle Sportsmen of Queensland’s website or Facebook page.

 

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