Irwin is top local finisher in Desert heat
Riders battled blistering conditions for yesterday's British motocross round at Desertmartin with double race wins for visiting riders Tommy Searle in MX1 and Conrad Mewse in MX2.
The home challenge of Graeme Irwin in MX1 saw the Carrickfergus rider finish second in race one and fourth in race two to finish on the podium second overall on the Hitachi ASA KTM UK, under team manager Roger Magee from Crossgar.
Martin Barr could only finish eighth overall in MX2 despite a fighting second place finish in race one. However, in race two the Ballyclare rider was right out of luck coming home in a lowly seventh position.
Searle on the DTR Kawasaki dominated both MX1 races taking a two second victory in race one over a fast finishing Irwin, who came from down the field to snatch second from Russian Evgeny Bobryshev, who slipped off under pressure on the final lap of 17 eventually finishing fifth.
Surprise of the meeting was Italian Ivo Monticelli (I-Fly Yamaha) who, following sixth in race one, rode to a superb second position in race two, six and a half seconds behind Searle for third overall with the Suzuki of Bobryshev claiming third in the race, a second clear of Irwin.
Roger Magee's MX2 runner Mewse decimated the opposition to stretch his championship lead after finishing 35 seconds clear of Ballyclare's Barr in race one and then in race two he was over 40 seconds clear of the Buildbase Honda of Josh Gilbert.
Barr struggled in race two on the Revo Husqvarna after a couple of spills and he could only score four points for 17th and finish a lowly eighth overall.
Lisburn's Richard Bird finished 17th and 15th in his MX1 races, but was fifth overall in the Experts class, while in MX2, Jason Meara and Glenn McCormick were 13th and 17th in race one and 11th and 12th in race two and 6th and 9th overall in their Experts class.
Dutchman Mike Kras (KTM) was comfortable double winner of the 2-stroke races in a superb promotion by the Cookstown Off-Road Club.
MX1 Race 1: 1st T. Searle, 2nd G. Irwin, 3rd J. Nicholls, 4th E. Banks-Browne, 5th E. Bobryshev, 6th I. Monticelli
Race 2: 1st Searle, 2nd Monticelli, 3rd Bobryshev, 4th Irwin, 5th Nicholls, 6th G. Krestinov
Overall: 1st Searle, 2nd Irwin, 3rd Monticelli, 4th Bobryshev, 5th Nicholls, 6th Krestinov
MX2 Race 1: 1st C. Mewse, 2nd M. Barr, 3rd M. Pocock, 4th J. Gilbert, 5th L. Tombs, 6th T. Kellett
Race 2: 1st Mewse, 2nd Gilbert, 3rd J. Spinks, 4th L. Knight, 5th Pocock, 6th M. Eccles
Overall: 1st Mewse, 2nd Gilbert, 3rd Spinks, 4th Pocock, 5th Knight, 6th Kellett
2-Stroke Overall: 1st M. Kras, 2nd M. Lacopi, 3rd A. Wilde.