Ballyclare's Martin Barr fought valiantly to take second overall in the MX1 class on his Proppa.com KTM in yesterday's Maxxis British Motocross Championship at Desertmartin, won by Brad Anderson.
All that was missing was a bit of luck, and the 23-year-old could have won two of the three MX1 motos in front of a large local audience.
Top dog was PAR Homes Honda rider Anderson, who recorded three wins from three starts, extending his championship lead, but Barr ran him very close in all three motos, losing out in race two by less than a second after leading for eight of the 12 laps.
Comber's Wayne Garrett was the next best local rider in the premier MX1 class, taking eighth overall with three solid results on his Motone KTM, but three-time former British champion Gordon Crockard struggled outside the top 10 all day, eventually taking a disappointing 12th place after failing to finish the third and final moto.
Swiss rider Arnaud Tonus, a top five world championship contender, took the MX2 overall for the Bike It Cosworth Wild Wolf Yamaha team with two victories and a fourth place.
Tonus leapfrogs Zach Osborne at the top of the table.
Local team Relentless Suzuki by TAS racing were bitterly disappointed when their 18-year-old MX2 rider Mel Pocock was forced to retire in the final moto, the fuel pipe on his RMZ250 working its way loose.