Avon Tyres is sponsoring a new Irish race series – the 2013 Formula 1 Era Superbike championship.
The Avon Tyres Formula 1 Era SBK Series is a six-event championship, which is due to culminate in September at Bishopscourt Racing Circuit.
Bikes featured are what many regard as the classic machines of the 1980s and 1990s such as the Honda RC30 and RC45, Yamaha’s YZF750 and OW-01, Kawasaki’s ZXR750 and ZX-7R, the Aprilia RSV1000 Mille as well as Ducati’s 916 and 996 family. These machines represent the ‘golden era’ of modern superbike racing, thanks to the lack of electronics and rider aids. This means that the riders really make the difference, promoting close, cost-effective racing.
Series organiser, John McAllister, explained: “Modern superbikes have become so expensive to race competitively that unless you can afford all the latest electronics you can’t expect to get anywhere near the front guys.
“So I decided to do what I could to bring back the Superbikes of the 1990s, when no electronics were used and it was all down to rider talent. Riders like Joey and Robert Dunlop, Carl Fogarty, Steve Hislop and Philip McCallen all entertained us on some amazing machines. I did a poll last year to gauge opinion and the results were very positive, so we drafted a set of technical regulations.”
“We are delighted to welcome on board Avon Motorcycle Tyres as title sponsor for 2013. It has pledged to supply its excellent 3D Ultra Xtreme tyres to the top point-scorers as well as a beautiful end-of-season, engraved perpetual trophy for the series champion.”
The Avon Tyres Formula 1 Era SBK series calendar takes in six events and 13 rounds:
Nutts Corner: Rounds 1 and 2 (April 20)
Mondello Park: Rounds 3, 4 and 5 (May 25-26:to be confirmed)
Kirkistown: Rounds 6 and 7 (June 1)
Bishopscourt: Rounds 8 and 9 (July 20)
Kirkistown: Rounds 10 and 11 (Sept 7)
Bishopscourt: Rounds 12 and 13 (Sept 21)
Gary Bretherton, UK Sales Manager for Avon Motorcycle Tyres, says, “Avon Tyres is proud to back the Formula 1 Era Superbike championship. It epitomises what exciting racing is all about: men and machines fighting it out fairly on the track without all the modern – and expensive – rider aids and electronics. We are looking forward to some close racing and will be delighted to crown the overall champion at Bishopscourt in September.”