This weekend the Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship heads across the Irish Sea to the superb Desertmartin Circuit in Northern Ireland for Round 5 of the Championship. The Desertmartin round marks the start to the second half of a very exciting season.
The trip to Desertmartin is always a pleasant one for many of the English based teams as the fantastic former Grand Prix sand circuit always produced some of the best racing on the calendar last season.
After four rounds of the Championship, Elliott Banks Browne currently leads the MX2 class ahead of Mel Pocock. The Monster Energy Bike It Yamaha rider had a day to forget at Milton, dropping 34 points. Banks Browne on the HM Plant KTM UK will be looking to post yet more strong results in front of his team’s home fans. Third place in the MX2 championship is currently held by Neville Bradshaw on the Evo Tech Stevens Honda who will be looking to close the gap on front two. Bradshaw will have one eye over his shoulder as French youngster Steven Lenoir looks to close the gap on his Emberson RFX Yamaha along with Bryan Mackenzie who is just 2 more points behind on the Rockstar KTM.
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Local fans will be keen to see Graeme Irwin continue his great form at Desertmartin on the Emberson RFX Yamaha and will be aiming to score another podium result. Also looking for a strong result will be Dubliner Stuart Edmonds on his Tyco Suzuki by TAS machine.
In the MX1 class Kevin Strijbos will be looking to regain the points lead at Desertmartin, following a tough day at Milton Park. Latvian Matiss Karro has been producing some great results in his debut season in the MX1 class and was in great form at Milton, taking three race wins and the Red Plate.
Second in the Championship currently goes to Shaun Simpson on the Monster Energy Bike It Yamaha. The Scottish rider has gradually been picking up pace in the MX1 class this season and will be hoping make it onto the top step of the podium this weekend. Stephen Sword on the Tyco Suzuki by TAS currently sits in fourth in the championship and will be hoping for a strong result at his team’s home event. Fifth in the Championship is Gert Krestinov on the Route 77 Energy MVR-D Honda, who will be looking to close the gap on the front runners at the sand circuit.
Desertmartin will also mark the return to British Championship racing for Gordon Crockard, the former Grand Prix rider will be racing at Desertmartin as Wild Card rider and hoping to mix it with the front runners. Another local rider looking for a good set of results will be Martin Barr, Barr recently joined the Tyco Suzuki by TAS team and will be looking to kick start his season.
Also competing at Desertmartin will be the fourth round of the MXY2 Championship, Dan Thornhill will be hoping to retain his Red Plate at the end of racing. Thornhill currently leads Robert Muscat by 9 points, with Robert Davidson sitting in third place.
Practice will be starting at 9am on Sunday 24th June, with the first MX2 race of the day leaving the gate at 12:15pm. Adult admission prices for the event will be £20 and £5 for Children, with a Family Ticket prices at £45