Belfast Telegraph

Irwin and Mewse on target for more success after promising starts

MOTOCROSS

BY ROY HARRIS

Roger Magee, from Crossgar and team manager of the Hitachi KTM UK ASA motocross team, saw his riders Graeme Irwin and Conrad Mewse head both the MX1 and MX2 championships after the opening round of the Maxxis British Motocross championship at Culham, near Abington, last weekend.

Irwin ran 1-3 to start the defence of his MX1 title on top while 18-year old Mewse, in his first full season in British championship racing, was a double winner in the MX2 category with both now heading to Trentino, Italy this weekend for the fourth round of the world championship.

Carrickfergus rider Irwin commented: "The goal was to hold onto the red plate (as championship leader) at Culham and we achieved it.

"Now it's back to the MXGP scene this weekend and, yes, it has been tough up to now, as I knew it would be, however the aim is to be top 15 in the early races of the season with the top 10 the target as the season progresses."

Mewse is currently sixth in the MX2 series with a podium finish now a realistic target.

Meanwhile, it has been announced by Milwaukee Aprilia that Italian Davide Giugliano - a Tyco BMW rider at the start of 2017 in BSB - will stand in for the injured Eugene Laverty at Aragon, Assen and most likely Imola while the Toomebridge rider recovers from the pelvic injuries sustained at the Chang Circuit last month.

MotoGP is in Argentina at the Termas de Rio Honda circuit this weekend for round two of the series, the question being whether Andrea Dovizioso can repeat his victory over defending champion Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi at the opening round in Qatar.

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