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Contender: Martin Barr
Contender: Martin Barr

By Roy Harris

Martin Barr will be chasing MX2 success on his Crescent Yamaha when the 2019 Maxxis British Motocross Championship bursts into action tomorrow at FatCat near Doncaster.

Coming off the back of the overall win in the MX Nationals MX2 class last weekend at Sherwood, Barr is in excellent form and will look to maintain that momentum in the deep sand of FatCat.

Although a veteran of British MX racing, the Ballyclare rider still has the enthusiasm and drive to compete at the top level.

"I know it's going to be a lot tougher this weekend as there are a lot of fast guys coming back from the opening round of the World Championship," he said.

"Last year's British MX2 champion Conrad Mewse is back and will be the title favourite.

"We have a long season ahead of us and I will go out there and give it my best shot. There are a lot of guys that can win races, but I'm up for the challenge and feel I still have a British Championship left in me and that is the main target for Yamaha UK and Crescent.

"The bike is a brand new model and to go out and win last weekend was a boost for myself, Yamaha and Crescent ahead of Sunday's opening British round."

Joining Barr in the MX2 cauldron are Gleno rider Glenn McCormick and Dubliner Jake Sheridan. With Graeme Irwin switching to the British Superstock 1000cc class after injury forced him to quit the MX1 motocross scene, the only Irish entry in this class is Stuart Edmonds on an Apico/CCM Husqvarna.

Round five of the series is at Desertmartin on June 30.

Meanwhile, the first shots of the 2019 MotoGP season were fired in the desert surroundings of Qatar yesterday and it was defending champion Marc Marquez setting the pace with the fastest ever lap on two wheels around the Losail Circuit on his Repsol Honda, half a second faster than the Yamaha of Maverick Vinales and the Ducati of Jack Miller.

Forty-year-old Valentino Rossi was fastest in the opening session but was down in 16th at the end of practice while Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda), returning from injury, was 13th.

Qualifying takes place today with racing tomorrow.

Anyone wishing to compete in the Moto3/GP125 and Supersport 300 class at the KDM Cookstown 100 on April 26-27 must have their entries in by March 19 so organisers can judge whether it is viable to run a race for this class.

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