Kirk McCarthy

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Kirk McCarthy
Nationality Australia Australian
Born (1966-11-18)18 November 1966
Died 15 August 2004(2004-08-15)
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 1997
Team(s) Yamaha
Championships 0
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
15 0 0 0 0 20
Superbike World Championship
Active years 1992, 1994–1996, 1999
Manufacturers Suzuki, Honda
1999 championship position N/C
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
35 0 0 0 0 52
Supersport World Championship
Active years 1998
Manufacturers Honda
1998 championship position 44th (3 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
5 0 0 0 0 3

Kirk Richard McCarthy (18 November 1966 – 15 August 2004), in Melbourne Victoria, Australia, was an Australian motorcycle road racer who competed in several major championships both at home and internationally. He was killed in an Australian Superbike Championship race at Queensland Raceway in 2004.[1]

Superbikes[edit]

McCarthy began racing in the Australian Superbike Championship in 1992, for the Ansett Suzuki team. In 1994 he joined the crack Winfield Honda team, and went on to win the 1995 title.

This earned him a factory Superbike World Championship ride with Suzuki for 1996, finishing 13th overall without a podium.[2] In 1998 he did five Supersport World Championship race's (one step below World Superbike, with less powerful machines) on a Castrol Honda finishing only one race in the points.

A year in the German Superbike Championship for Suzuki, and two years back with Castrol Honda but in the British Supersport Championship, followed. In 2002 he won the AMA Pro Thunder series on a Ducati (having initially entered the season-opener as a one-off rider),[3] before he returned to Australia, running his family's farm alongside his racing commitments. He was 7th overall in the Australian Superbike Championship in 2003.

Grand Prix[edit]

He contested the 1997 500cc World Championship on a Red Bull Yamaha,[4] (with a best result of 12th and best grid position of 18th)

Legacy[edit]

In conjunction with a number of industry partners, his family has established an award program to assist young riders in contesting future Australian Superbike Championship (ASC) seasons.

Each year, one rider will be selected to receive the Kirk McCarthy Memorial Award, which will be in the form of financial and product support to contest the following year's ASC. The award is open to riders in all ASC classes.

A perpetual trophy will be awarded to the recipient, who will also receive a replica of the trophy at the annual ASC presentation dinner.

Career Results[edit]

Grand Prix[edit]

Year Class Team Machine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Points Rank
1997 500cc World Championship Motorsports ROC-Yamaha MAL
Ret
JPN
16
ESP
15
ITA
14
AUT
17
FRA
Ret
NED
Ret
IMO
15
20 21st
Red Bull Yamaha WCM Yamaha YZR500 GER
15
BRA
12
GBR
12
CZE
Ret
CAT
13
INA
15
AUS
13

World Superbike Championship[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Pos Pts
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
1992 Suzuki SPA1 SPA1 GBR GBR GER GER BEL BEL SPA2 SPA2 AUT AUT ITA1 ITA1 MAL MAL JPN JPN NED NED ITA2 ITA2 AUS
17
AUS
15
NZL NZL 75th 1
1994 Honda GBR1 GBR1 GER GER RSM RSM SPA SPA AUT AUT IND IND JPN JPN NED NED ITA ITA GBR2 GBR2 AUS
6
AUS
5
29th 21
1995 Honda GER GER RSM RSM GBR GBR ITA ITA SPA SPA AUT AUT USA USA EUR EUR JPN JPN NED NED IND IND AUS
8
AUS
Ret
33rd 8
1996 Suzuki RSM
Ret
RSM
12
GBR
13
GBR
14
GER
10
GER
9
ITA
8
ITA
8
CZH
14
CZH
Ret
USA
10
USA
13
EUR
Ret
EUR
10
IND
13
IND
10
JPN
17
JPN
18
NED
14
NED
9
SPA
Ret
SPA
15
AUS
10
AUS
15
20th 22
1999 Suzuki RSA RSA AUS AUS GBR GBR SPA SPA ITA
19
ITA
Ret
GER1
Ret
GER1
20
RSM RSM USA USA EUR EUR AUT AUT NED NED GER2 GER2 JAP JAP NC 0

Supersport World Championship[edit]

Year Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pos Pts
1998 Honda GBR
ITA
SPA
GER
SMR
RSA
Ret
USA
Ret
EUR
22
AUT
21
NED
13
44th 3

References[edit]

Preceded by
Anthony Gobert
Australian Superbike Champion
1995
Succeeded by
Peter Goddard