Irish Championship Preview

The 2014 Irish Motocross Championship kicks off on Saturday 12th April at the Quad Racing Ireland home venue of Tinker Hill, Newry, a suitable venue being halfway between Dublin & Belfast.

Quad Racing Ireland have been working tirelessly to prepare the track, which is one of the most picturesque in Ireland, and always produces drama, and close racing.

In the Premier MX1 Class, it looks as if it will be the usual faces up front, with defending Champion Gary Gibson from Ballygowan continuing his excellent form on the Bannside Pallets & haulage 450 Suzuki, he will have to contend with his rival from 2013 Lisburn’s Richard Bird on his usual Watt KTM, and also KTM mounted after two years on JAR Honda, Comber’s multi Irish & Ulster Champion Wayne Garrett.

Expect young gun of the class Ryan Adair from Dromara on his Adair Building Services Suzuki to show well at this circuit too, and southern visitors Stuart Edmonds on the CCR Suzuki, and Michael Mahon on the Yamaha to run near the front too, and don’t rule out Tommy Merton on his Watt Kawasaki, or Robert Hamilton on the Risk Racing Yamaha either

Premier MX2 is where the closest racing will be, with defending Champion Glenoe’s Glenn McCormick on his Agnew Recovery Watt KTM and his nemesis Jason Meara from just up the road in Loughbrickland to renew their titanic battle from 2013, with Jason newly mounted on a Watt Kawasaki.

Joining them will be 2013 Semi Expert Champion Luke Smith on his Watt KTM, and returning Newtownards youngster Jordan Scott on his Husqvarna showing god form recently, if a little rusty, and young Jordan Martin from Killyleagh also showing great recent form.

In the Semi Expert MX1 Class, youngsters will be to the fore, with Scott Leaney from Saintfield now on a Yamaha, and newly promoted Jordan Blakely from Moira now KTM mounted sure to be at the front along with old hands like Christopher Orr.

The Semi Expert MX2 Class is a very competitive field filled with young talent, with 15 year old Belfast lad James Mackerel showing excellent form in his first adult race at Desertmartin recently with six wins from six starts on the two stroke KTM 125, however, Chris Cully from Kilkeel, Jordan Wade from Downpatrick, newly promoted Chris Eccles from Lisburn, Crossgars Alexander Atkinson and local man Scott Bailey from Markethill all in the mix.

Clubman classes are a bit of a mystery at the first round, as there is always a new face in there to make a name for themselves, but expect Kyle Darley from Bangor to show well in MX1, with young Matthew Bruce from Millisle to run well in MX2.

Racing begins at 11.oo on the circuit on the A1 just north of Newry City, entrance £5.00, under 14’s are free.

Malcolm Beattie, MRA Press Officer, @MRAIreland,

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