17 Apr Extreme Festival Superbike Preview
Extreme Festival Superbike Preview
Round four of the National Extreme Festival at Killarney on 21 April will include two races in the Suzuki South RST Superbike series.
However, a couple of top contenders have failed to enter, so unless they put in late entries – which is not unusual – look out for some new names near the top of the timesheets.
Defending regional champion David McFadden will, however, be taking his place as the man to beat on his RPM Centre/Stunt SA ZX-10R, with Trevor Westman (Madmacs ZX-10R) as his major challenger, in the absence of Brandon Haupt’s Fuelled Racing R1, Gerrit Visser on the Samurai R1 and Andre Calvert’s KC Transport/Leslie’s Gifts 1299 Panigale.
There are likely to be fireworks in the Supermasters class for riders of 35 years and older, however, with the rivalry between Quintin Ebden on the Milu R1 and born-again racer Rob Cragg’s Madmacs ZX-10R rapidly developing into a needle match.
Ebden was a rookie when Cragg retired more than a decade ago with a couple of regional titles to his credit, and would dearly love to show the quietly-spoken former champion that he can’t just waltz back in and take over again.
These two put up a superb fight for Class honours last time out, taking a win apiece, with the winning margin less than a quarter of a second in each race. And the fact that they are likely to be competing for third overall will put even more spice in the dice.
There’s no entry (yet) from Super600 star Hayden Jonas and the Samurai R6, which will probably bring this class down to a three-way battle between father and son Karl and Jared Schultz on the ASAP World ZX-6Rs and Brandon Staffen on the AJH Cooling GSX-R600.
Staffen has had considerable success at national level in lightweight RC390 races but is finding the transition to the heavier, more powerful 600cc four more difficult than he was ready for – but as his fitness improves, so will his lap times. This a man to watch.
If Jonas puts in a late entry, however, he’s more likely to be arguing with Ebden and Cragg over third overall than exchanging insults with the rest of the Super600 field – all of which makes predicting the outcome impossible; you’ll just have to be there to see for yourself.