Belfast Telegraph

NI celebrates securing top three berths at Sherwood


By Roy Harris

The two-day Motocross Nationals meeting at Sherwood saw a Northern Irish clean sweep of the overall podium positions in the British Expert MX1 championship.

Loughbrickland's John and Jason Meara finished first and second, with Ulster Premier MX1 champion Richard Bird securing third.

In the opening race on Saturday, John beat Bird by a second-and-a-half with Jason down in fifth, but in race two Jason took the chequered flag in first, three seconds clear of John with Bird in third.

Yesterday in race three, John was five seconds ahead of Bird - who had seven seconds in hand over Jason in third - while, in their final outing, Jason took the victory with John third and Bird fifth.

This was an excellent start to the season for all three riders.

In the Pro MX2 class, which had just two races yesterday, Martin Barr took the overall victory on his Crescent Yamaha after first and second place finishes - the same as Josh Gilbert; Barr taking the tie-break by winning race two.

Dubliner Jake Sheridan and Larne rider Glenn McCormick finished ninth and tenth overall, respectively. Ryan Mawhinney from Dundonald took second overall in the 125cc MXY1 class.

Saturday's traditional March Hare Motocross opening meeting at Robinson's Sandpit, Claudy, was called off after one set of races due to horrendous wet and windy weather with James Mackrel (Yamaha) 11 seconds clear of Jordon McCaw in the 11-lap Expert/Semi-Expert race, with Ryan Adair three-quarters of a minute back in third.

• Four times World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea has predicted some intriguing battles in May's fonaCAB International North West 200 in association with Nicholl Oils.

"It is too close to call who will win the Superbike races at this year's North West," the Ballyclare man told a packed audience at the inaugural North West 200 Day in Dublin's RDS complex.

"I can't wait and I am really looking forward to being there to see what happens."

Rea will also take part in a special chat show in the paddock marquee during this year's race week - much to the delight of Event Director Mervyn Whyte.

"We are always keen to promote the North West 200 to new audiences," he said.

"We wanted to take the popular Meet the Stars event to the Irish motorbike show in Dublin and the response was fantastic."

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