Northern Ireland’s Graeme Irwin is part of the Heads & All Threads Suzuki team in the MX1 class of the British Championship. He made the move to the 450 bike in 2014, despite some disappointing performances in his final year in the 250 class – he finished fifth overall in MX2 in 2013, with a single race win to his credit at Desertmartin.
However, his performance at round six of the 2013 Red Bull Pro Nationals on the deep sand that is Hawkstone Park in Shropshire, showed that he would feel at home on the 450 – he took to the more powerful bike with ease that day, finishing second in the first two races of the day and first in the last race, to take second overall.
In 2014, he started the season well at the Hawkstone International, despite nursing a shoulder injury. Then, in the first round of the inaugural MX Nationals at Culham, he finished as eighth MX1 rider in the first race and fifth in the second race, before battling his way from dead last to eighth in the final race, for a fifth place over the weekend.
He has put in some solid performances in the 2014 British Championships, and currently lies in fifth place with two races of the season remaining. Highlight was probably in the second round at Lyng, where he finished the qualifying session in seventh, and in the subsequent super-pole improved that position to fifth. His third race was particularly impressive, and he finished in sixth place overall on the day.