Thundersport bosses will make the Golden Era Superbike class a reality in 2012 with the addition of the new class which is dedicated back-in-the-day Superbikes that have nothing in the way of rider aids.
The idea, first mooted by series organiser Dave Stewart earlier this year, will see the likes of ZXR750, GSX-R750s, Yamaha YZF750s and some leftfield bikes like Triumph’s 955i take to the track. The series will be sponsored by Moto Direct who are providing entrants with some serious kit discounts.
IOt was the very popularity of Superbike racing in the 1990s that brought about the ‘born again biker’ phenomenon. In the UK market Grand Prix were in decline with a low point of just six bikes on the premier class grid and a crowd figure reputed to be less than 10,000 for the British Grand Prix," said Stewart.
"Superbike racing was where it was at and the crowds flocked to both Donington Park and Brands Hatch to watch Scott Russell, Giancarlo Falappa, Yasutomo Nagai, Colin Edwards, Aaron Slight, Carl Fogarty, Anthony Gobert and a host of other riders who didn’t complain about a bit of fairing bashing, they actually expected it and so did the fans."
Regulations will be “Open Class” with no tuning restrictions, but restricted to parts that were available before 2003 (except tyres). Interchanging parts between compatible models will be allowed as will any suspension and any wheels. Period engined specials will be catered for on a case by case basis with a view to accepting models that fit in with both the time period and the spirit of the rules (NR750 oval pistoned bikes need not apply).
Eligible bikes are:
Ducati 888 all models (926 & 955 kit permitted)
Kawasaki ZXR750 all model years (840 kit permitted)
Yamaha OW01 all model years (840 kit permitted)
Suzuki GSXR 750 SRAD all model years
Honda RC30 all model years (810cc kit permitted)
Kawasaki ZX7R and RR all model years
Yamaha YZF 750 all model years
Yamaha OW02 R7 both model years
Honda RC45 all model years
Ducati 916 all model years
Ducati 996 all model years inc 996R
Aprilia RSV Mille & Mille R up to 2003
Suzuki TL1000S & TL1000R up to 2003
Honda VTR 1000 SP1
MV Augusta F4 750 Oro & S models to 2002
Click here to see the kit discounts from Moto-Direct’s nominated dealer Sparklight Racing.