Wayne Garrett’s season sprung back into life with a triple win at round three of theUlstermotocross championship.
The track at Downpatrick was run in reverse and Garrett, after a bad second round, needed to make his mark on the championship if he wanted to successfully defend his title.
Unfortunately the day started off on a sour note when race one had to be red flagged after a scary crash for Robert Hamilton. Hamilton was tossed over the bars on a big table top that left him needing urgent medical attention and ruling him out for the day.
Man of the moment Richard Bird got the lead in the restart but Garrett hounded the Suitor Brothers racing KTM rider and made his move at the half way mark. Bird stuck with the JAR by IFS Honda but wasn’t close enough to make a move.
In race two it was Gary Gibson who took the lead with Garrett and Bird chasing only for Gibson to fall and allow Garrett into the lead once more. Garrett’s confidence was growing with every lap and once more Bird couldn’t quite get close enough make a pass.
Race three and it was Garrett once again with the holeshot. Gibson was right there but out braked himself into the second turn and had to come from fifth so lost touch with the fleeing Garrett and Bird. Garrett inched away from Bird only for Bird to make a last lap effort to close the gap, but it was too little too late and Garrett took the win to vault himself back into title contention.
A happy and relieved Garrett said: “I have had a really tough start to the year. I struggled with bike set up but we got it more comfortable for me last week and this is the first race we have went to that I have been comfortable on it. It shows I haven’t lost anything that people maybe thought I had andiIt proves that when I get the bike right everything else will fall back into place. It’s onwards and upwards and everything can snowball from here hopefully. “
In MX2 Glenn McCormick took a hat trick of wins. The Agnew Recovery KTM rider got away with the top MX1 riders in race one and that aided his MX2 victory but race two was a different story.
A bad start left him towards the rear of the field and McCormick had to fight hard to get his way to the front. He caught adversary Jason Meara for the lead and made the move with two laps to go but just like the last round Meara would not let him get away. Meara made a big charge on the last lap and, as they went into the last corner, Meara went for the inside and hit McCormick but ended up going down himself as McCormick rode it out to take the win.
A bad start for Meara in race three meant he didn’t even get to see McCormick who battled an impressive Scott Hamilton for the win with McCormick making his way into the lead again around the half way mark.Hamiltonrode the best he had all year to keep McCormick honest in second.
But it was McCormick with his third win of the day and he is starting to prove himself as the man to beat in the MX2 class.
McCormick said: “It was a good a day. I had a good race with Jason in the second race and Scott had a strong race there in race three. In the second one I made things hard for myself with a bad start but made the pass (for the lead) and it was good racing. It’s three wins so I can’t complain!”
Report and Picture by Jonathan McCready