The busy month of Championship racing continues as the MRA Ulster Motocross Championships reaches round 4 with the Quad Racing Ireland Clubs promotion at Tinker Hill Newry this Saturday, 21st June, and with track improvements made to the scenic tree lined circuit, and another Championship on 28th June, QRI have been busy.
The Nutt Travel.com Premier MX1 Class is led by Lisburn man, Richard Bird on the Five 5 Motorsport Watt KTM by 9 points from Combers Wayne Garrett on his Mullan Motors/Spratt Electrics/Watt KTM 350 machine, Wayne is on form after a slow start to the season, so Bird needs to be on top form round Tinker Hill.
A distant third is Risk Racing Yamaha teamster Portavogies Robert Hamilton, with teammate Michael Mahon from Dunlin fourth, and with Gary Gibson now living and competing in England, Dromara rider Ryan Adair will be looking to break into the top five.
The Norman Watt MX2 Premier Class also has defending Champion in Glenoe’s Glenn McCormick on his Agnew Recovery Watt KTM leading by 13 points from Newtownards ex Enduro rider, Jordan Scott on the HTM Husqvarna, a great showing for the young man on his return to motocross after a couple of years out of the sport, and third is reigning Semi Exert Champion Millisle teenager Luke Smith, now changed to Suzuki machinery, Luke has been very impressive in his debut season in the Premier Class, fourth belongs to Dundalk youngster Ian Jones on his Honda, while Dromaras William Donnelly is fifth on the Yamaha.
If Loughbrickland teenager Jason Meara makes the start, he may be a threat for the win on his Motul Oils Watt Kawasaki, but he is nowhere in the Championship after injury ruined his Championship aspirations.
Moving to the Matheseon Contracts/Laverty Motocross supported Semi Expert MX1 Class, Samuel Donnelly from Dromara has a two point lead over William Barr from Kircubbin, however, Barr crashed the GR7 KTM at Downpatrick badly injuring his wrist, and the big man is out for the season.
This leaves Bangors Craig Darley a clear run at second place on the Honda, with Paul Atkinson in hot pursuit, the young Doagh rider showing a more steady approach to racing on the Ulster Shredders KTM than last year, a distant fifth and sixth are Newtownabbeys William Logan on the two stroke Yamaha, and Aaron Ashton on the SDR KTM.
In the Bore a Hole/Eunisure Semi Expert MX2 Class, 15 year old James Mackrel from Dundonald on the 125cc Mullan Motors Watt KTM leads Crosssgars Mark Patterson on the DP Contracts KTM by 8 points, Patterson showing the talent he always had this year, and after winning the overall at Tandragee in the Irish Championship last week, will be full of confidence, third is youngster Jay McCrum on his KTM, and he is only six points adrift of Patterson, with Carrick’s Darren Grills fourth on his Husqvarna, and Combers Richard Topping fifth on the Honda.
The Russells Motorcycles Clubman MX1 is led by Greayabbeys Bob Smith on the big Kawasaki by a slender 5 points from Dromore man Stephen Poots on the Suzuki, and only six points adrift on Poots is Lee McGrath on his Honda, while Kevin Donnelly and Aaron Jordan lead the chasing pack. Racing has been close in this class , and don’t rule out young William Devlin either who has been winning motos since missing the first round.
Spence Racing MX2 Clubmans is currently led by Moneyreagh comeback rider Ryan Calvert on his Kawasaki, returning to the sport after four years out, Ryan is really enjoying his racing again, but 12 points adrift is Millisle youngster Matthew Bruce on his Yamaha, but a nasty hand injury last weekend at Tandragee has ruled the Millisle man out for the rest of the year, allowing Jack Wilson a clear run at second place, wnd hopefully, Ross Adair will have recovered from his foot injury sustained playing football, and a tweaked wrist from Tandragee as the Dromara youngster has been showing impressive form recently on the Adair Building Services/Portadown Fireplaces Suzuki.
Racing starts at 11.00, track is off the old A1 road, entrance is £5.00 under 14’s free, and each class will have three races each.