Team Ireland’s selection for the 2019 MXoN at Assen is now official with Jason Meara making his debut at the event in the MX1 class, the experienced Stuart Edmonds will be MX3 with team captain Martin Barr selected for the 15th time, participating in the MX2 class.
All three riders are going well and looking forward to the event while Philip McCullough gives his thoughts on the selection process.
McCullough: I’m super happy that my selection was accepted by the Irish motocross commission. Yes, there was healthy discussion and heated debate about it, but my proposal was agreed on in the end. In our sport politics has no place, and as long as I am team manager the team will always be picked on ability not borders.
Barr: It feels awesome, this will be my 15th consecutive year representing Team Ireland and I still get the butterflies of getting that phone call to say I’ve been picked! Assen is a tough track but that’s something I always love when it gets rough and gnarly. Jason, Stuart and myself are all riding really good so there’s no reason why we can’t go and pull a few surprises. I’ll be putting everything into it and can’t wait until September.
Meara: Obviously I am over the moon to be picked, it feels awesome. It’s literally a dream come true, I’ve always said if I get picked to ride in the MXON I could happily quit motocross being satisfied! Although now it’s happened I feel like I want more (laughs). The track at Assen looks fun, obviously I’ve watched it on tv and it looks like it would suit me but I’ve heard it doesn’t ride like it looks so I will have to learn how the track rides. I’m sure the atmosphere will be electric, I just want to go there and ride to the best of my ability for my country/team and most importantly enjoy the experience.
Edmonds: Great to be picked to ride for Ireland this year with Jason and Martin. Assen is a tough track to race and I know how demanding it can get so it won’t be easy! I know one thing though, I will race my heart out and out everything into it like I have done in the past years of attending the most important race of every rider’s calendar.