It was confirmed today that Kawasaki rider Bubba Stewart is in talks to appear at the FIM World Championship Motocross Grand Prix of Northern Ireland. The NI GP, which takes place on a brand new circuit at Moneyglass Demesne near Toomebridge on 18th and 19th August 2007 would be the ideal warm up for Bubba ahead of the Motocross of Nations at Budd’s Creek.
Roger Magee of Team Wulfsport Kawasaki said, ‘We have approached Bubba through Kawasaki Europe and are hopeful that he will ride at Moneyglass in August. We’ve put a strong offer to him and he’s considering his options. The calendar suits but should Stewart not be available we’re already in talks with Ryan Villopoto as another option.’
Jasper Perry, Acting Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Events Company said, ‘We recently made good inroads into getting the widely acknowledged Greatest Of All Time Ricky Carmichael to ride at the Northern Ireland GP but unfortunately Ricky has decided not to compete at any rounds of the World Circuit this year. We want to do everything possible to make this event as good as it can be, particularly with planning in place for the Motocross of Nations coming to this track in 2008. Stewart or Villopoto would add an extra dimension to our event so we’re doing all we can to make it happen.’
Moneyglass Demesne totals over 350 acres of prime land perfectly suited to staging the greatest motocross race on earth whilst the track for the 13th round of the FIM Motocross World Championship totals 1690 metres and promises to be a fast and exciting venue for the world’s best motocross riders, while the natural amphitheatre offers a wide range of safe and comfortable viewing points for spectators. Local interest will follow Ballyclare’s Martin Barr and Newtownards rider Gordon Crockard who will both be competing in the flagship MX1 race.7
Ticket prices for the Motocross Grand Prix of Northern Ireland make the Moneyglass round the cheapest GP in the UK , undercutting Donington’s British GP with a cost of £30 for a weekend pass (Saturday and Sunday) or £20 for a day pass while under 14s are permitted free entry when accompanied by an adult. Camping is priced at £40 for a weekend pitch for a motor home or £10 per person for tents. All tickets are available in advance by visiting www.nievents.co.uk or at the venue on the day.
The Motocross Grand Prix of Northern Ireland is supported by The Northern Ireland Events Company, Antrim Borough Council, P and O Irish Sea, and the Motorcycle Union of Ireland (M.C.U.I.)