Belfast Telegraph

Irwin fancies home comforts

By Paul Lindsay

Desertmartin will host the sixth round of the Maxxis British Motocross Championship on Sunday, and as usual the Cookstown Club are well ahead of themselves in the preparation stakes at Porter's Pit.

Local hopes will be pinned on Carrick's Graeme Irwin aboard his Heads and Threads RM-Z250 Suzuki. Irwin lies fourth in the MX2 championship standings and despite having already taken third overall at the opening round back in March at FatCat, the 21-year-old will be looking for victory in front of his home crowd.

HM Plant KTM UK's Elliott Banks Browne leads the MX2 class and with five race wins already this season he will be the man to beat at Desertmartin. Another local man to keep an eye out for is Martin Barr on the VMX Moto/Nutt Travel KTM. MBO Sport Yamaha's Kristian Whatley leads the way in the MX1 class with top Irishman Stuart Edmonds currently 15th in the standings, although we can also claim South African Brad Anderson, whose father is an Ards Peninsula based Ulsterman.

The event also features the final round of the 2013 MXY2 championship, which is currently led by Robert Davidson. The action starts on Sunday at 12:15pm.

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