Round One Preview
The DFDS Seaways Yamaha Past Masters series is set for its opening round of the 2014 season, with the Snetterton 300 circuit in Norfolk - the scene of the opening round in 2013 before the meeting was cancelled due to heavy snowfall - the venue.
With reigning champion Dean Stimpson moving on, a number of riders will be looking to assert themselves as championship contenders, including local competitors Richard Sawyer and former champion Graham Higlett. Others widely tipped to join the fray at the sharp end include Pete Moore and Matt Barber, after the two who went head-to-head for the 2013 Rookie Championship, as well as Lee Finney and Doug Edmondson.
Last year's Clubman Championship went down to the wire, and 2014 also promises to provide a fiercely fought championship, with plenty of riders capable of picking up points and trophies throughout the season, including last year's main protagonists, Paul Whitby and Paul Bowling.
A number of freshly recruited rookies will be battling for top novice at the weekend too, with a number graduating to a full championship from the YPMRC Club Bike.
The Yamaha Past Masters Racing Club will be in action with a full day of practice on Friday 25 April and 15 minute qualifying session on the morning of Saturday 26 April. There will be then four races over the course of the weekend, two Saturday and two Sunday 27 April. The YPMRC is scheduled for races 10 and 20 on both days.
Completed in 2011, the Snetterton 300 circuit is one of the more newly developed tracks, and also the second longest in the country, incorporating the old layout of the original circuit with a new infield section. The British Motorcycle Racing Club was also the first motorcycle racing organisation to host a motorcycle race meeting on the circuit.