Jason and John go to battle at 
Dundalk in Irish Championships

Jason Meara from Loughbrickland grabs some air.
Jason Meara from Loughbrickland grabs some air.

Sunday July 7 saw the latest round of the Irish Motocross Championships pitch up at Dundalk Moto Park on a dry dusty day.

In the Expert MX1 Class, John Meara from Loughbrickland had a poor day by his usual standard finishing sixth overall on the TMC Honda, but younger brother Jason finished runner up in the MX2 Class on the AMR Honda behind nemesis Glenn McCormick, maintaining his Championship challenge.

Craig Browne from Greyabbey had an average day by his recent standards, scoring 20 points, and in the MX2 Class, Moira’s Scott Hamilton had a disaster with two no scores.

In the Semi Expert class, Lurgan’s Mark Dynes returned to racing after a lay offon the Dynes Motorcycles/Magheralin Car Wash Honda, and scored well in the competitive MX2 category with a respectable 33 point total on the day, while Kilmore man Laurence Ruddock scored an excellent 32 points on his Honda in the MX1 class.

In Clubman MX1 class, Moira man Jordan Blakely kept his Championship Challenge on track with an overall win on the Kawasaki 450.

In the MX2 class, young Markethill rider Scott Bailey took a set closer to his first overall win by finishing secondon his Yamaha behind Championship leader Chris Eccles, and Waringstown live wire, Stephen White scored an impressive fifth on his return to racing after injury.

The 2013 Ulster Motocross Championship round four took place on the grassy, technical old style track at Laurel Bank, and the Nutt Travel.com/Watt Motorcycles Premier MX1Class is shaping up to be a two horse race this year again.

Gary Gibson from Ballygowan on the Bannside Pallets and Suzuki, and Richard Bird from Lisburn on the Suitor Bros Watt KTM are swapping overall wins this year, this week it was Richards turn with two wins and a second against Gary’s two seconds and a win, meaning Richard pulls three points on his rival.

Filling out the podium was wiley campaigner Larne’s Tommy Merton on the Monster Energy Watt Kawasaki, on a track which could have been designed and built just for him, the multi Champion continued his good form with two thirds and a fourth.

In contrast, Wayne Garret from Comber on the JAR by IFS Honda could only muster a fourth overall, the defending Champion has not been at his best recently, and with an Irish & an Ulster round over the next two weekends, Wayne needs to figure out what the problem is.

Fifth was Loughbrickland’s John Meara on the TMC Honda, and a superb result from young David Russell in sixth on the Russells Honda was great to see from the likeable Comber lad.