Jason Meara and Richard Bird both won three out of three in the MX2 and MX1 classes respectively but they didn’t have it all their own way in either moto at round three of the Irish championship at a sunny Tandragee.
Jason Meara was on fire all day passing early race leader Glenn McCormick to win race one even thought McCormick stayed on Meara’s back wheel until a small crash the end.
Race two was a cracker. Meara went down in turn one but sprinted his way through the field to catch holeshot man McCormick using some very impressive corner speed. Meara didn’t waste any time and made the move for the lead but McCormick, as he so often does, picked up on Meara lines and momentum through the turns and stayed on the championship leader’s rear wheel throughout the rest of the race but couldn’t find a place to pass as Meara fist-pumped his way over the finish line to his most impressive and memorable win of the year.
Race three and it was Glenn McCormick with the holeshot again with Jason quickly into second on lap one. Meara caught up to the back wheel of McCormick and instantly made the pass but again he didn’t pull away with a motivated McCormick not wanted to come second for the third time in a row. McComick put some heavy pressure on Meara for the rest of the moto but he wasn’t willing to make an aggresssive move and Meara did enough to take a superb hat-trick of wins with McCormick a reluctant second each time out. Cailum Meara rounded out the top three overall despite getting caught up his his brother Jason’s crash in turn one of race two.
Meara said of his memorable day: “It was a quite a good actually, I was happy. The starts, the initial jump was quite good but I didn’t have much luck going into the first turn. The second race I had a first turn crash and came from last to first so that was the highlight of my day! I was surprised I didn’t lose much time because I was getting held up in the pack but I knew my pace was strong and I was fit to run him down, I could see him from the first lap. Once I took the lead I settled myself, I knew I had another long race ahead with the next one so I thought I would save some energy. When you are riding a track like the this the roost is quite sore so I didn’t want to be eating any stones so I wanted to go to the front early (in race three) and control the front from there.”
William McBride bested Lee Coffey by a point to win Grade B MX2 while Scott Bailey controlled all three races to win a Grade CMX2 over Daniel McFerran.
It was a similar duel with Richard Bird and John Meara in MX1 as the duo put significant time on third place in every moto. Meara passed Bird in race one but Bird wasn’t giving up and managed to retake the lead and hold on for the win producing fast laps just when he needed it.
Race two and it was Bird into the lead early again but this time, despite how hard he tried Meara could not find away through. Race three was the same story with Bird superb under the intense pressure as he focused on his own laps and not the Watt Kawasaki breathing down his neck at every turn, the pace was was hot but Bird rode mistake free to make it three out of three in what was a superb day’s racing.
Bird commented: “It was a good day, every race me and John were going at it! The first race was good, I knew he was all of over me and a bit faster so when he got by me Aj just followed him a wee bit and saw where he was making time up and saw where I was faster. I saw the timer and there was only two or three laps to go so I made a move and was able to get by and take the win. I enjoyed the track today it got rougher at the end and it was all about being smooth and putting in solid laps and I was able to that.”
Johnny Presho took the Grade B MX1 win from Ashley Allentown with Jordan Wade once again dominating Grade CMX1.
Ricky Watt rode six races in a day and won the Over 35 class while former factory GP star of the 80s Laurence Spence showed he still had an impressive turn of speed to take the win the veterans after battling Stephen Gabbey all day long.