Glenn McCormick and Richard Bird took the overall wins in MX2 and MX1 respectively at the sixth round of the Irish Championship at Desertmartin.
In complete contrast to the British championship round held only a month before, the weather was perfect for the visit of the Irish championship with a bone dry track and sunny spells making the conditions perfect for racing.
The MX1 class provided some great action with Gary Gibson, Richard Bird and Wayne Garrett putting on a tremendous show for the crowd. Bird lead the first race on the Suitor Brothers’ KTM before Bannside Pallet Suzuki’s Gibson took the lead but Bird wasn’t done attacked again only to go down after running into the back of Gibson. This left Wayne Garrett to take the challenge to Gibson and he did everything he could to get around the Suzuki man but Gibson kept the door firmly shut to take a narrow victory.
Race two and it was Gibson leading again from Garrett and Bird. But Gibson went down leaving Garrett and Bird to dice out front. Garrett initially held the advantage and every time Bird attacked Garrett would hold him off but finally Bird made a pass stick and went on to take an impressive win.
Race three and it was Gibson, Bird and Garrett again up front. This time though Gibson and Bird would pull away from the JAR by IFS Honda man and engage in a duel right to the chequered flag. Bird shadowed Gibson the entire race and with two laps to go he made a surprising move round the back of the circuit. Gibson lost time in the pass, however he regrouped and was right on Bird’s back wheel half way round the last lap but was not able to make the decisive pass for the win.
Bird took the flag for an impressive two wins on the day while Gibson showed he still had the fight to win races despite his decent points lead.
In MX2 it was the Glenn McCormmick show.
The Agnew recovery/Watt KTM rider was in outstanding form winning all three MX2 races with ease. McCormmick even ran as high as third in the overall race in moto two before a crash demoted him to fifth. It was still quite a ride for the teenager to work his way into third irrespective of the tip over.
McCormmick is in brilliant form at the minute and his wins at MXY2 and the Red Bull rookies appear to have lifted his confidence to the next level. He also leads the Ulster championship and substantially extended his points lead in the Irish series at Desertmartin. Both titles are now his to lose.
Title rival Jason Meara had, in his own words, “a bad day at the office.” Still second overall, Meara’s starts were abysmal and he never even saw McCormmick all day. He even went down on the first lap in race two and spent the entire day fighting through the field. Meara lost a lot of points but it will only motivate him to work harder – he wasn’t happy at the end of the day and clearly doesn’t like losing!
William Donnelly had a brilliant day in MX2 as did Scott Hamilton who has been improving all year both with top three positions.
“Three wins today and I am mixing it up with the 450s on their pace. I am happy enough especially on a track like this it is harder to run with the 450s – so all in all it was a good day. I got the good start in race two and I could go with them and learn off them. I don’t know if I can beat them they are going well but I will give it a go anyway, I will aim for them and try to move forward.
“I just went over there for a bit of craic (to the red bull) but I got two wins and two seconds and won the overall! I had never been there before so I wasn’t expecting it. I would like to do the MX2 British next year but it is down to money so we will see how we go. I would love to do the Europeans as well but again, it comes down not having the money to do them- it’s just one of them things.”
“Dicky (Richard Bird) has made nine or ten points on me today I suppose the crash and fifth place in the second one didn’t help. I got off to a good start with a win in the first race, I just rode steady and brought it home. I thought I was on the same road for the second race but just out of the blue I lost the front wheel and gave it away. Once I picked the bike up and started it I was flustered and my arms pumped up so I just brought it home to get the points. I thought I had the third race in the bag, I was cruising and keeping Dicky at bay but he popped a line round the back of the canyon and put the wheel into me – I just didn’t expect it. I have to say well done to Richard today.
“Yeah I have been thinking about it (the chance of riding at the Nations in September). There is a question mark over whether Edmonds is going to be fit for the Nations. Eight weeks is plenty of recovery time, he should be fit so I don’t want to get my hopes up. But it has always been a goal since I was a child to make the team. I have always doubted myself but now I am starting to believe I can be one of the top three and there is no reason why I can’t be.”
“Pretty good day, two wins and a first. In the first race a made a bit of a mistake in the lappers and Gary got by me, then we were running a good pace and in the back markers Gary checked up and I hit the back of him and went down so I was a wee bit disappointed with that. I had a good race in the second one with Wayne. I just didn’t try too soon, I saw a gap when he made a mistake and went by him and won.
“In the last race Gary was riding the wheels off it, he kept breaking me then I would catch him again. With two laps to go I saw a wee sneaky line in tight, we sort of touched a bit but it was hard to get by. It was fast out there today and I was trying everything so I just went for it and it paid off, so I am happy! I saw him put a charge on again on the last lap and I had to get the finger out again but it was good and I am glad to get a couple of wins again. It’s two rounds to go and Gary has a healthy points lead but you never know what can happen – it’s motocross. “
Article and photo by Jonathan McCready