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Herlings' upcoming Desertmartin appearance hailed as a major coup

 

Revved up: Andy Hilton, Neil Kernohan and Bill Kennedy MBE
Revved up: Andy Hilton, Neil Kernohan and Bill Kennedy MBE

By Roy Harris

Four-time World Motocross champion Jeffrey Herlings will be attending the fifth round of the Maxxis British Motocross Championship at Desertmartin on June 20, courtesy of Milwaukee Powertools and Hitachi KTM.

The 24-year-old factory KTM rider has earned legendary status among the worldwide motocross fraternity after a record-breaking 2018 when he clinched his fourth world title by winning 17 of 19 Grands Prix, taking victory in 33 of the 38 motos and dropping only 17 points.

Herlings has Milwaukee Powertools as a personal sponsor - the company also backing Roger Magee's Hitachi KTM UK team - and his appearance at Desertmartin is possible thanks to Dale McElveen and Robert Vos, general managers of Milwaukee UK/Ireland and Milwaukee Benelux respectively.

McElveen said: "It will be a great opportunity for the die-hard Irish fans and racers to see their hero at what must be one of the best motocross tracks in Europe. Robert (Vos), Roger (Magee) and Billy McKeown of the organising Cookstown Club need a special thanks for making this possible."

Vos commented: "Jeffrey has never been to or raced in Ireland and is thrilled to see and support the Maxxis Championship at Desertmartin alongside our Hitachi KTM team fuelled by Milwaukee."

It is not clear as yet whether Herlings will compete, or even ride a few demonstration laps.

Meanwhile, Armoy Road Races have announced that prestige and German car specialist Hilton Car Sales, Cushendall Road, Ballymena as the new sponsor of the Friday evening Supersport race at their Race of Legends meeting on July 26.

Owner Andy Hilton said: "I'm a big fan of road racing and I have a few friends that race; for me it's my main sport. I've been around it all my life. I saw that the Armoy Motorcycle Club needed a sponsor and I wanted to help."

The second half of the Nutt Travel MRA Ulster Motocross Championship kicks off with the fourth round at Tinker Hill, Newry on Saturday where James Mackrel, Jason and John Meara, Richard Bird, Robert Hamilton, Glenn McCormick and Jake Sheridan should all be in action.

Ulster Grand Prix winner and North West 200 podium finisher Dan Cooper (31) has called time on his nine-year road racing career following a difficult practice week at the TT, preferring instead to concentrate on the short circuits and the British Superstock 1000cc Championship.

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