Stuart Edmonds on top after netting a double
Dubliner Stuart Edmonds was the overall winner of the Billy Hutton Memorial Motocross at Downpatrick, also the fourth round of the 2014 Ulster Championship.
In the Norman Watt Premier MX1 class Edmonds, riding his Mad Dog/CCR Suzuki, was a gate to flag winner in a processional race one that saw Comber’s Wayne Garrett on his 350cc KTM take second, almost a second behind, with Richard Bird a further seven seconds adrift in third.
Race two was a thriller, as Robert Hamilton made the hole shot ahead of Bird and Garrett while Edmonds crashed heavily before picking himself and re-joining at the tail end of the field.
At the chequered flag Bird was a second ahead of Garrett with the Risk Racing Europe Yamaha of Hamilton over 20 seconds back in third and Edmonds fourth.
Edmonds made no mistakes in race three and lead the way from the start to take the chequered flag just half a second ahead of the fast closing Mullan Motors/Spratt Electrics KTM of Garrett, with Bird, who now leads the Ulster Championship by nine points from Garret, back in third.
In the concurrently ran Nutt Travel MX2 class Jordan Scott topped the podium for the first time with a win and two second place finishes with championship leader Glenn McCormick in second position having won races one and three, but a first lap crash and re-mount in race two left him in last position fighting his way back to finish fourth.
In France Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK rider Natalie Kane never got to grips with the Saint Jean d’Angely track and was fifth overall in the Women’s World Motocross Championship Grand Prix following fifth and sixth place finishes in her two motos.
Kane is third in the series, 12 points behind Italian leader Chiara Fontanesi with two rounds to go.
Graeme Irwin was sixth overall during the MX Nationals at Pontrilas in Wales. He was second in race one dropping to eighth and seventh in races two and three.