Motorcycle rivalries to  the fore in  final round


 WHAT: Final round for interclub and club road racing championships.

WHERE: Symmons Plains.

WHEN: Sunday, October 21, racing from 9am-4pm.

HOW MUCH: Spectator entry free.

NORTH-SOUTH rivalries will be rekindled at Symmons Plains on Sunday when about 70 motorcycle racers compete at the final round of the Sports Riders Motorcycle Club and Tasmanian Motor Cycle Club interclub championship for 2012.

Brett Simmonds, of Hobart, is in an all but unbeatable position  with the maximum possible 200 points from eight starts over two rounds, but the battle between second and third is very close.

Shaun Murfet has 135 points, just three ahead of Rob Morton.

Scottsdale's Craig Johnston has taken his customary place at the head of the points table, but his 167 points, leaves him only 23 ahead of Lorne McAuley, with Christian Brits a further seven points behind in third.

Things could barely be tighter in the historic class where Westbury's Peter Booth  has 134 points, just two more than Legana's Paul Smith.

Peter McCormack, of Launceston, is third on 117 points after crashing out of the lead at Baskerville in April and breaking his ribs.

Clint Clarke's 150 points has him 13 ahead of Mike Greene in the GP125 class, with Jacob Willard just 12 points further back in third.

But Sunday's races also carry points for the Tasmanian Motorcycle Club's annual club championship.

Simmonds leads the unlimited class of the club championship too and should take the title.

Devonport's Brad Wootton, is 15 points adrift, but is unlikely to close any further after crashing heavily at Eastern Creek a week ago.

Johnston has enjoyed a clean sweep of wins to sit on 225 points at the top of the up-to-500cc table and looks likely to claim yet another club title.

Booth is second on 174 points and looks set for a three-way scrap with Lorne McAuley (166) and Robert O'Brien (149) before the minor placings are decided.

Booth is in for a busy Sunday and his 191 points give him a bit of a buffer at the top of the club historic championship, but second-placed McCormack's rib-breaking Baskerville crash came after the previous club championship round, so his loss of interclub points is not mirrored in the club championship.

Ulverstone's Bill Burford could yet ruin both riders' aspirations - after missing three of February's four races, Burford is just one point adrift of second place and 16 off a share of the lead.

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