Morgan Park in Warwick will be over-run with motorcycles this weekend when riders take to the track for Round 3 of the Pirelli Southern Downs Road Race Series. With over 170 riders entered, this is the biggest Southern Downs event in The Motorcycle Sportsmen’s 60-year history!
Saturday morning will begin with qualifying followed by racing after lunch, while Sunday will see a full day’s racing. This round incorporates the Pirelli Queensland Road Racing Championship (QRRC) for Superbikes, Formula 3 and Sidecars. This is the second and final round of QRRC for the Northstar Yamaha-sponsored Superbike class, and with only half a point separating second and third place, this will be one class you don’t want to miss!
There are some impressively large grids for this weekend at the Southern Downs. Formula 3 has a full grid of 34 bikes, and as this is also the final QRRC round for the Formula 3 class, it’s going down to the wire, with only four points separating championship leader Karl Morgan from second-placed Travis Hall. Travis has recently returned from racing the Asia Road Race Championship at the iconic Suzuka circuit, so will the extra experience gained in the highly competitive Asian series help him at Morgan Park?
Sidecars take to the track for their first QRRC round of 2018, and this fan-favourite class always puts on a thrilling show. The last round in May saw the 7-year lap record broken, so it may be under threat again?
Another class to watch out for is the Ricondi Clubracer class. This is a class specific to the Motorcycle Sportsmen of QLD and allows new racers to build their race craft in a supportive pressure free environment. The Motorcycle Sportsmen Of QLD, offer a unique deal for first time racers – if they sign-up for the Friday Track Day prior to the race meeting they can race in the Ricondi Clubracer class for FREE that weekend (spots limited).
This is the final chance for competitors to race at Morgan Park before the Australian Superbike (ASBK) championship round in August so many of the ASBK regulars are using this event to get some last-minute practice in. The Morgan Park event won the ASBK “Round of the Year” last time round, so it’s sure to be another magnificent event!
Entry for spectators is free! Gates open at 7am, with action beginning between 8.30 and 9am. Make sure to come into the pits and say g’day to our racers and club members, and check out the Sporties merchandise.
Maybe you will catch the racing bug too!
Travis Hall should be in fine fettle, having recently returned from the Asia Road Race Championship at Suzuka.
Ben Lowe - Morgan Park - Photo Credit -William Course Photography.
Sidecar Lap Record Holders Dave Boughen and Robbie Shorter hope for a good reception at Warwick - Photo credit: Motorcycle Pics