Gary Gibson wrapped up his first adult title last weekend at Clonroche in Wexford. The eight round series was a tussle between Suzuki mounted Gibson and JAR Honda’s Wayne Garrett, both battling hard every week for supremacy.
Gibson was only eleven points behind Garrett with two rounds to go but when Wayne broke his arm at Hawkstone Park, the title was Gibson’s baring a catastrophe.
After losing the Ulster title at the final round, Gibson was taking nothing for granted, and duly wrapped up the Irish MX1 title in style with two wins and a second.
Gary has been knocking on the door for a number of years, but this season it all came together. The speed and the starts where always there, but he has cut out the mistakes, rode with more maturity,and the potential of the talented and stylish 23 year old is now being fulfilled.
Gary showed his speed at the British Championship at Desertmartin running top ten, and proved that if he is given the chance he has the talent to step up to that level. Next season he should be even quicker.
Wayne Garrett had no choice but to sit at home and watch as his Irish title was taken from his grasp for the second year in a row, but the Comber man will only be more motivated next year.
Michael Mahon had his best year so far on the Vigors KTM and claimed second place ahead in the championship, this guy could be a force next season if he continues to improve at the rate he has the last couple of years.
John Meara took his TMC Honda to his second adult title of the season when he added the Irish MX2 championship to the Ulster title he won earlier in the season.
John has been battling a dislocated shoulder after his crash in the British Championship back in June and somehow has managed to ride on despite being in great discomfort, he will be glad to get the season over and get the operation on the shoulder to finally get it fixed, but the pain has probably been worthwhile after winning two titles so far.
Meara admitted it wasn’t his best performance but he did what he needed to do in Wexford and got the points to clinch the championship ahead of fierce rival Michael McCammond and young up and comer Glenn McCormick -who won two of the three races to sign off in style.
Meara, from Loughbrickland, has been in blistering form all year and the duels with JAR Honda man McCammond have been the story of the season. They certainly aren’t the best of friends and a couple of take outs didn’t help. However, for the fans, it is these rivalries that make the racing great to watch, so well done to both for such an entertaining season.
The battle between, McCormick, McCammond and Meara will only be more intense next season, and when you add in John’s younger brother Jason, who is really turning some heads and is only 15, it could be a four way battle for the title if they all stay in MX2.
Report by Jonathan McCready
Photos by Nigel McKinstry