Local riders set for British Motocross Championship

Graeme Irwin (Samsung Yamaha) from Carrickfergus who will be a contender in the MX2 British Championship Class. Photo courtesy of Colin McIlhagger
Graeme Irwin (Samsung Yamaha) from Carrickfergus who will be a contender in the MX2 British Championship Class. Photo courtesy of Colin McIlhagger
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The fifth round of the Maxxis British Motocross Championship is set to take place at Desertmartin Motocross track on Sunday (June 24).

A strong East Antrim contingent will compete against riders from all over the UK and Ireland and as far afield as Lithuania, Holland, Belgium, New Zealand and South Africa in the MX1 , MX2 and MXY2 British Championship classes.

After enduring four hard-fought rounds in England, the championships remain wide open as the series moves to Northern Ireland.

Doagh man, Martin Barr, who recently joined forces with the Moneymore-based, Tyco Suzuki team where he has wasted no time posting his first overall win on-board the new machinery at Fatcats Moto Park in Lancashire a few weeks back. With that victory under his belt he will be confident of his chances in the MX1 class if he makes use of his home advantage to get his British season back on track.

Graeme Irwin, from Carrickfergus, will be out to show what more he can do in the MX2 class where he has already posted two overall podium finishes in this year. Son of former road racer, Alan Irwin, Graeme is one of the finest riders to watch on the British circuit. His exuberant style and desire to win means he is a dream rider for the spectators to follow around this fantastic race track. He will be aiming to take his Samsung Yamaha to helm of the MX2 class at ‘The Desert‘, a track which he has described in previous interviews as his favourite in the world, and one that will be lined with a couple of thousand home fans urging him on.

World Superbike Rider, Jonathan Rea’s JAR Honda Team, will be in attendance flying the local flag with Wayne Garrett going for a top ten finish in the MX1 class and Larne’s Michael McCammond hoping for a good finish in the MX2 class. Cookstown club member, John Meara, will also be in action in the MX2 class while his younger brother Jason will contest the MXY2 class.

So it will be all to play for as each of the classes has a full entry packed full of the best British Motocross has to offer, mixed with a taste of international stars. Overnight camping is available on the Saturday night for those who might be travelling long distances and is priced at £10 per vehicle. Admission to the event is £20 per adult, £5 for under-16s while under-10s are admitted free. Spectators can pay at the gate on the day to gain admission and free parking is provided by the club for all spectators.