Fine Tuning for 2017 Ulster Motocross Season!
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The Motorcycle Racing Association of Ireland held their 2017 Annual Generlal Meeting recently at the Ballymac Hotel near Dundrod, where a programme of fine tuning was agreed by the delegates of the 18 Clubs represented.
Incoming Chairman Jimmy Walker of the Temple Club said that in 2017 we would be adhering to the rule book more closely in an attempt to reduce friction on race days, and at Association meetings, he thanked outgoing Chair Norman Watt for his service over the past two years and Chaired an efficient meeting on the day.
There are no major changes to announce for the Ulster Championship, our flagship series, except the addition of a ‘Superpole’ session for the top six qualifiers from the MX1 & MX2 Premier/Semi Expert Classes, and the introduction of ‘Newcomers Awards’ for newly promoted riders in these classes as well.
Big news on the Youth front was the introduction of an Adult support Class at Ulster Youth Championships to encourage Clubs to run Youth events, Malcolm Beattie, the Sport Development Officer made his annual plea to Clubs not to run Youth events on the same day as Youth Championships as this is short sighted and does not sit well with the ethos of growing the sport.
The controversial double points for the last round system was also scrapped.
British Youth and the MAXXIS British MX Championship return too, so it looks like an exciting year is in prospect for motocross in 2017.
Words: Malcolm Beattie