John Meara crowned Irish MX1 Champion

John Meara crowned Irish MX1 Champion

Loughbrickland’s John Meara is the 2019 Irish MX1 champion after a dramatic final round at Doon saw the championship go down to the last race of the season.

It was winner takes all as both contenders Richard Bird, the 2018 champion and Meara the 2016 champion were tied on points as they lined up for the 20-minute plus one lap race.

In a restarted race after the initial race was red flagged in which both Bird and Meara had slipped off, it was Lisburn rider on the Five5Motorsport Watt 450 KTM who took the hole-shot when the gate dropped.

His lead lasted until the half way point of the race before Meara made the pass for the lead and powered his Watts 450 Kawasaki to race win number three and the title, five seconds clear of the outgoing champion.

“That was a brilliant day as far as I was concerned,” said the new champion.

“I knew before going to Doon that I needed to win all three races to claim the title and that’s what I did.

“It was tight racing between Dickie (Bird) and myself in the opening two races.

“Going into the last race we were equal on points so it was first across the line was champion.

“I didn’t make it easy for myself in the final race when I hit the start gate and was last away but I got my head down and caught him around the half way stage of the race and made the pass pulling away to open out a five second winning gap by the chequered flag.

“I got the job done and I’m happy. It’s great to be champion again. I won both the Irish and Ulster back in 2016 before injury ruled me out of the 2017 season.

“I spent the following season building towards this year and all the hard work has paid off. A big thank you to Watt’s Kawasaki and my team for all the support.

“That’s one down and one to go with the last round of the Ulster championship at Tandragee on September 7th.”

Meanwhile, Lisburn’s Gary Moulds hopes to kick start his grand prix season again with a new passenger multi Australian Champion Brian Anthony in the chair replacing the injured Steve Kirwin for the rest of the season.

Thirty-two-year-old Anthony made his first appearance in sidecarcross GPs back in 2014 at Roggenburg, the same venue where he will make his debut with the local man Moulds in a couple of weeks time. He scored his first Grand Prix points at Plomion, France, earlier this season and at the last GP in Latvia he finished 12th alongside Swiss driver Joachim Reimann.

Moulds, who should have been enjoying the successes of Grand Prix racing in 2019, has instead spent much of the year watching instead of competing.

“It has been a very frustrating season so far but hopefully it will get better from here on in,” he said.

“Brian is an experienced passenger having won the Australian championship many times and he was passenger for me at Dean Moor in the British Championship recently where we finished fourth in what could only be described as a test run.

“At last weekend’s British round at Wakes Colne we finished seventh overall despite a big crash in race one that ended up with us having to pull in as I had severe bruising to my foot.

“A lot of ice to reduce the swelling and we were out in race two only for Brian to get hit by an outfit that threw him out of the chair injuring his shoulder. Eventually we got going to finish sixth. Despite the injuries we led race three for the opening three laps before dropping back to fourth by the flag.

“We have a week off now to recover from the injuries before heading to our first GP together is in Switzerland on August 25th. If all goes to plan we should add to the six points scored in Lommel at the start of the year.”

Source: John Meara crowned Irish MX1 Champion

Irish Road Racing Desertmartin delight for Jay McCrum

Irish Road Racing Desertmartin delight for Jay McCrum

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Newtownabbey’s Jay McCrum won the MCCNI two-day Supernational at Desertmartin last Friday and Saturday.

McCrum set the fastest time in qualifying on the fonaCAB 450 Kawasaki before going on to win the two opening races on day one.

An unfortunate crash, while leading race three, saw McCrum spending some time in the medical centre and his team with a lot of work to do overnight.

A second place in race one on day two put the pressure on McCrum, who needed to win the final race to take the overall victory.

Having taken the hole shot and a fast opening few laps, he settled down to take the race win and a well-deserved overall for the weekend.

“It was a relief to get the bike sorted for the second day because I knew I had the pace to win,” he said. “And two good results was all I needed to be on the top step.

“I was so happy to take the win in race two and the overall.”

Ballyclare’s Martin Barr has one round to go at Cusses Gorse at the start of September to claim the 2019 Bridgestone British Masters MX2 title.

After a challenging penultimate round at Hawkstone Park at the weekend – where the Crescent Yamaha rider won the opening race after qualifying fastest then had to nurse the Yamaha home for seventh place in race two – he still commands a 42-point advantage over his nearest rivals going into the final round.

“I was pleased with qualifying and in the opening moto I took the lead on lap two and won the race by over 10 seconds,” said Barr, who also has a trip scheduled next month to Assen as part of Team Ireland’s squad for the Motocross of Nations. “I got a better start in race two but at the halfway point I got a rear tyre puncture.

“I had to keep going to eventually finish seventh for seventh overall.

“It was disappointing but these things happen in motocross.

“I’m still leading the championship so that’s the important thing.

Source: Irish Road Racing Desertmartin delight for Jay McCrum

MX Nationals Glenn McCormick on top form

MX Nationals Glenn McCormick on top form

Glenoe’s Glenn McCormick had his best ever result since moving up into the Pro class of the MX Nationals, finishing second overall in the MXN Prox Racing Parts MX2 Pro class at Lyng, Norwich, for round three of the 2019 championship.

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The 23 year-old Unique Fit Out Husqvarna rider qualified third fastest MX2 rider and in his opening race finished fourth followed by a third place in race two.

“It was good to get my first podium in the series and move up into third place in the championship but it was a pity that both Josh Gilbert and Martin Barr crashed out of the second race.

“It would have been nice to be on the podium alongside them, but that’s how it goes sometimes in motocross,” reflected Glenn.

“I was pretty happy with my qualifying ending up third fastest MX2 behind Josh Gilbert. After all the good work in qualifying I made a bad start in my opening race.

“However I got tagged onto the back of Martin Barr and we both came through the traffic together.

“I was lying third behind Martin but fell back towards the end after making a small mistake, to take the flag in fourth.

“In the second race I was caught in a first corner pile up with Martin Barr and Josh Gilbert and the race was red flagged.

“In the restart I was running second before I crashed out at half distance after the rider in front of me blew out the berm at a right-hander leaving no where to go.

“I got back on board and closed the leader down to finish third and give me second overall.

“I was well pleased with the day’s results and now we will chase our first win in the series at the next round at Canada Heights in July,” said Glenn.

Crescent Yamaha’s Martin Barr who leads the series was on course for another podium before his big crash in race two after finishing second in the opening race.

“Qualifying didn’t go to plan and I ended up fourth fastest.

“But in the opening race I made an ok start and started to close in on the race leader before the chequered flag. In the end I had to settle for second.

“In race two we had just got through the first corner and I got stuck in the middle of a big pile up.

“It was just unfortunate and it took a while before I got up but it is the joys of motocross, I suppose.

“With Josh (Gilbert) not finishing either on the day I didn’t loose out on the championship and we will live to fight another day,. I am already looking forward to the next round,” explained the Ballyclare rider.

Belfast rider Ryan Mawhinney extended his championship lead in the MXN Talon MXY1 class finishing second overall on the JGR Performance Revo Husqvarna.

The 16 year-old had four rostrum finishes over the two days of racing and was well pleased with his weekends work at Lyng.

“I had a great weekend,” said Ryan.

“I rode well and consistent all weekend. I’m happy to extend my championship points lead and looking forward to the next round at Canada Heights,” he added.

There was more local success in the MX1 clubmans class with Co.Down rider Stephen Kelly taking all four wins and the overall while Ballyclare’s Kris Rea continued his comeback after his big crash earlier in the season to bring the Kawasaki home sixth overall.

Source: MX Nationals Glenn McCormick on top form



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