Locals competing in Easter weekend double-header at Desertmartin

AFTER an explosive start to the domestic motocross scene with round one of the Retink Irish Championship, attention switches to the MRA Ulster Championships with a double header at Desertmartin over the busy Easter weekend.

Saturday sees the Ballymoney Club promoted the opening round of the Quadcross, Sidecarcross Under 21 and Veterans Championships at the Grand Prix circuit.

Locally John Meara from Loughbrickland on the TMC Honda and Dromara’s Ryan Adair on the Adair Electrics Suzuki will by vying for the Premier Class after champion, Drew Gowdy, moved out of the class as he is now 22.

Semi Expert Class is no less exciting with recent race winner Stuart Fee, on his Fee Engineering KTM 125 two stroke, doing a giant killing act at Downpatrick - can the Dromara schoolboy repeat this at Desertmartin? He will be up against Killyleagh’s Jordan Martin and Larne’s Connor Campbell on their Monster Energy Cosworth Yamahas.

Add in riders like Ben Mottram on the Agnew Recovery Yamaha, Mark Dougherty, Kilkeel’s Chris Cully and this promises to be the race of the day.

Racing starts at 11am and the famous track is between Desertmartin village and Draperstown. Entry is £5 per adult, under 14s free.