The 2013 Irish Motocross Championship sponsored by Jim Jones Plant Hire heads for Tandragee for the first round north of the border after a wet and windy start in Cork last month.
In the Premier MX1 Class, Ballygowan star, Gary Gibson heads the table on the Bannside Pallets & Haulage Suzuki after 2 wins and a second in Cork, Gary continuing the form he showed last season, and on the hard pack of Tandragee he will be looking to make amends for the crash last year that cost him the Ulster Championship.
His rival so far this season has been Combers Wayne Garrett on the Jonathan Rea run JAR Honda by IFS 450F, Wayne is currently 7 points adrift of Gary, and completing the current ‘Big £’ of Irish Motocross, Lisburns Richard Bird on the Suitor Bros/Watt KTM lies a further 9 points behind.
Fourth place man, Dublins Michael Mahon on the VMX KTM is likely to be a no show on Saturday after breaking his collar bone on Easter Monday, leaving the way open for youngsters 18 year old John Meara from Loughbrickland on the TMC Honda in fifth, and Michael McCammond from Larne in sixth on his Honda to leap up the standings. With Larne’s Tommy Merton in the mix on his Monster Energy Watt Kawasaki, fast starting Davy Gorman from Dromore on the AJ Plumbing KTM, along with a host of others, this will be an exciting race day for the top motocrosser.
In Premier MX2, this is now a young mans class, with teenagers dominating the sharp end of the results. JAR Honda by IFS English rider Lewis Tombs leads the standings with 15 year old Jason Meara from Loughbrickland on the TMC Honda a close second only a point adrift.
Third is Glenoe teenager Glenn McCormick on the Agnew Recovery Watt KTM, looking the rider he was two years ago after a year on Kawasaki, he looks much more comfortable on his beloved KTM, he is only 5 points adrift of Jason, with another teenager, Dublin rider Jordan Keogh on the Re Tink Kawasaki five points off Glenn.
Jim O’Neill from Wexford and Dromara’s William Donnelly fill out the top six.
Semi Expert MX1 Class is led by Saintfield teenager, newly promoted from Clubman class, Scott Leaney on his Honda, with Jordan McCaw, Chris Orr, Paul Atkinson, Chris Lynd and Clifford Wilson making up the chasing pack.
Semi Expert MX2 after the first round is an all MCI top three with youngster Dylan Coffey leading by 2 points from Jason Clarke, with Jordan Dunne on the little 125 KTM in third.
Anthony Brown is fourth, with Gerard Kavanagh and Luke Smith in fifth and sixth.
Clubman MX1is led by Moira’s Jordan Bleakey after a clean sweep of wins in Cork, he is chased by Waringstowns Chris Spratt, a welcome return to racing for the amiable big man, third is Andrew McKibben from Saintfield, Ciaran O’Brien, Daniel McFerran and Neil Laverty round out the top six.
There was a poor entry of Clubman MX1’s in Cork, but this Saturday sees a big uptake in entries, so expect a large field and close racing.
Clubman MX2 is led by Alexander Ellison by 5 points from Chris Eccles on his Honda, third is Banbridge teenager Scott Bailey on his Yamaha with Bob Smyth, Ronan McDaid and Brian McCarthy rounding out the top six.
Again, a class with a poor entry in Cork, with many MRA Riders not travelling the long way to Cork due to the poor economic times we are all suffering, there could be a shake up in results this time round.
Tandragee Motocross Park is on the Tamnamore Rd near Laurelvale Village (BT62 2LS), racing starts at 11.00am, entry is £5 per adult, under 14’s free.