MAYDAY HARDPACK FOR THE ULSTER CHAMPIONSHIPS

THE Mourne Motorcycle Club will host the third round of the 2019 Nutt Travel MRA Ulster Motocross Championship at Seaforde MotoParc on May Day.

The first round of the Championship was held at Claudy in March, followed by round two at Desertmartin on Easter Monday.

Although it is early in the season, Belfast man Edgar Electrical Wholesale KTm mounted Dundonald man James Mackrell is currently leading the Adair Building Services Premier MX1 class ahead of Loughbrickland Kawasaki mounted brothers Jason and John Meara, along with 2018 champion Richard Bird from Lisburn on his Five5motorsport KTM and Robert Hamilton from Ballymoney on his Rosk Racing KTM, challenging for the championship lead.

In the Sports Insure Premier MX2 class Ballyclare man Martin Barr is leading ahead on his Crescent Yamaha with Glenoe rider Glenn McCormick on his Unique Fit Out Husqvarna second.

The Norman Watt Motorcycles Semi-Expert/MX1 class is wide open at the minute with the Ashton Brothers Jordan and Aaron dominating on their Suitor Bros KTM’s , while in the MX2 class two Seaforde men are aiming for the top with Conor Mullan leading the class and Nathan Green in a top five overall position.

Competition for top places is close in the Robinsons Concrete/CCM Racing Clubman MX1 and Laverty Motocross/CCM Racing MX2 classes, while four County Down men are fighting for the lead in the Stephen Russell Motocross/Chiltec Refrigeration Veteran’s class. Ballynahinch man Jonathan McBride is leading the Veteran’s class, with Moneyreagh man Laurance Spence, Ravarnet rider Richard Watt and Stephen Kelly from Spa all close behind.

Speaking at the launch, Mourne Motorcycle Club Chairman Billy McLarnin said: “This year the Premier riders are riding really hard and they were putting up a good show for spectators at Desertmartin.

“It’s also great to see two young Seaforde men, Nathan Green and Conor Mullan, at the front in the Semi-Experts class. We should never forget the Clubmen either as there is always great competition in that class.

“I would also like to thank the Ballynahinch Lions and all of our sponsors for their continued support for the Mourne club,” he said.

This year the Mourne club is holding the event with support from Brennan’s Ice Cream & Service Station, The Stick Restaurant @ Brennan’s, Watson’s Flowers (Ballynahinch), Cochranes Car Dismantlers and Rowly Suitor. The Mourne club will also be helped on the day by the Ballynahinch Lions Club, who are always on hand to help at the Mourne club’s events.

Bikes will be out on the track from 9.30am, with the first race to start at 11am. Entry to the event will cost £5 for adults, while children go free and car parking is also free. The track will be signposted from the main Ballynahinch to Newcastle Rd from Seaforde Village

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