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Local riders ready for the British Championship at Desertmartin!

Local riders ready for the British Championship at Desertmartin!
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It’s not long until the fourth round of the British Championship that will take place at the brilliant sand track and Grand Prix track at Desertmartin.  There are plenty of local riders competing at the event that will give home fans plenty of riders to support.

Let’s start with the regular British Championship riders. Graeme Irwin and Martin Barr need no introduction riding for Builbase Honda, one of the best teams in the paddock. Graeme comes to Desertmartin third in the MX1 championship. He will be keen to run with GP riders Shaun Simpson and Tommy Searle, will he be able to beat them too a moto win? No better chance that at his home track and a track he loves! He has won a British Championship race at Desertmartin before so there’s no reason why it can’t be done again!

Graeme Irwin: “I cannot wait! Desertmartin is my favourite track and the atmosphere is awesome for all the home guys that are in it. The race I won a couple of years ago it was crazy, everyone was supporting us, it was just awesome. I’m looking forward to it, it is going to be my favourite race this year!”

Martin Barr comes to Desertmartin with the MX2 red plate and with the home’s crowd support there is no reason he can’t get a few moto wins. He comes into Desertmartin with good form after the overall win at Hawkstone. Let’s hope after Desertmartin he has an even bigger points lead in the championship.

Martin Barr: “I am really looking forward to Desertmartin. With it not being on the British calendar since 2013 it’s really cool to get back to one of the best tracks in the world and having the red plate for it will be something special!! It’s going to be a tough day but one I can’t wait to get started and hopefully I can keep it all going”

TM’s Stuart Edmonds didn’t have the best round at Hawkstone but still sits in fourteenth in the championship standings in such a stacked class. Hopefully he can finish both the moto’s in the top ten at Desertmartin and that will help push him up in the championship standings as a result.

Stuart Edmonds: “Im looking forward to the home race on my Metcon CCR Tm 450, I need to catch up a lot due to Hawkstone being such a bad one for me.  With the home crowd and a track I love riding, I’m sure I’ll put in a couple of solid results that will bring me back into the championships top 10. Hopefully we have a good weekend all round and a great turn out of spectators too”

We also have Gary Gibson who has rode the first three rounds so far as well as competing in the AMCA championship. Gary has also rode the two rounds of the Irish Championship at Desertmartin this year so is well prepared for this weekend. Hopefully he can get plenty of points!

Gary Gibson: “I’m really excited for the home round of the maxxis British championship this week at Desertmartin it will be good to have the home crowd behind us local lads and hopefully get some solid results in front of the home fans.”

Ryan Adair will also be riding the MX1 class. Hawkstone was a disaster for him after getting his bike stole! But thankfully he will be racing his home round and hoping for some good results on his 350 KTM.

Ryan Adair: “I am just going to out to have fun and we will see what happens. I am only really getting bike back to were I had it before it was stole. Desertmartin is not my favourite track but it’s the same for everyone. I’d like to say thanks to Adair building services, Portadown fireplaces, GAT products, REI services and gomx for all their help”.

We also have a wildcard in Stuart Nesbitt who will ride his first professional race at Desertmartin on Sunday. Stuart has had a good start to the season competing in the Ulster and Irish Championships.

Stuart Nesbitt: “This is my first ever adult British championship race and I am going in with no expectations. It will be great experience especially at my favourite track.’

Luke Smith has been competing the full championship this year and is looking forward to a return to his home round. Luke started riding for an English team last year so it will be good to see him back in home soil taking part in the MX2 class.

Luke Smith: “Really looking forward to the home round at Desertmartin. I haven’t been riding well at all so far this year, so I am looking forward to going back home and turning it all around! I am sure the track will be mega.”

Jason Meara has been competing the Spanish Championship this year and has had some good results. That series takes a break before the last round so Jason will start riding the British Championship again and Desertmartin will be his first round of the 2016 season!

Jason Meara: “I’m looking forward to Desertmartin this weekend! I haven’t rode a British championship there since 2013 where I scored my first points! There should be a good turn out and there’s always a great atmosphere for the home crowd! I can’t wait to get out there.”

There are two MX2 wild cards having a go at the British Championship for the first time in their career and no better place for that than Desertmartin. James Mackrel who has started the season well on his Risk Racing Yamaha will line up behind the gate in the MX2 class. Jake Sheridan from Dublin will also join him in making his British Championship debut.

James Mackrel: “Can’t wait for the British it’s always exciting and the racing is fast, the track is always different which makes it enjoyable to ride. Just hopefully go out to do my best and hope for some good results.”

Jake Sheridan: ” I’m looking forward to racing the big boys in the Maxxis British Championship. It will be my first ever professional race in my career and I’m really looking forward to it””


Plenty of local riders have secured a wildcard entry for the MXY2 round taking place alongside the premier classes at Desertmartin. We have Cameron Turley, David Robson, William Hoog, Cailum Meara-Devlin, David Galvin, Matthew Loughlin, Dylan Stynes, George Thomas and last but not least Aidan McDonagh.

James Carpenter currently has the red plate in the MXY2 series but hopefully some of the local riders can give him a run for his money with the home crowd behind them.

Cameron Turley: “Looking forward to Desertmartin. It will be a challenge racing against the top youth riders in the uk on the 125. But it’s my home track so I hope to do well! It’s always a very well ran event so I am really excited about it!”

David Robson: “I am really excited about being able to ride my home track at such a big event, can’t wait to race and get in with a few of the top riders in MXY2 and hopefully some great battles with some good results”.

David Galvin: “It should be a good days racing I’ve always liked Desertmartin so I’m going to try put in some good results and get on that podium. Best of luck to all the Irish lads racing, especially Stuart (Edmonds) he’s helped me a lot over the years and this winter. Also, a massive thanks to for all the help with the bike”.

William Hoog: “It should be some good, competitive racing and I cant wait until I get on the track and compete with all the best 250 and 125 riders in the UK.  It should be a good experience for me as I only moved up into the adults and I am only back from injury but still hope there will be some good battles. I’d just like to thank all my sponsors, my dad, Hoggs furniture Newry, pro performance fitness and Norman watts for the support to do the British”

Cailum Meara-Devlin: “I’m really looking forward to my first round of the MXY2 at Desertmartin. So far this year I’ve got the speed and I’ve just never put it all together so it’s a chance for me to turn it all around and start riding like I know I can. The tracks never been one of my favourites but Marlene, Billy and everyone else at Desertmartin always have it sitting perfect so I’ll give it my best go and hopefully get some good results. I’d like to thank Eddie Curran at Pro-Performance fitness, Peter McCauley, Jim McCauley, Malcolm Rathmell sport and most important my Mum and Dad because they never stop working just trying to get me to the races so I can’t thank them enough. See you at desertmartin everyone!”

Matthew Loughlin: “I am really looking forward to the challenge and to get stuck in.  I definitely have an eye for the podium but whatever happens happens. I hope to see a good crowd and lots of cheers for myself and the other local guys”

Dylan Stynes: “I’m really looking forward to racing on my TM250fi in Desertmartin as I know Billy, Marlene and the crew will have the track prepared to perfection as always. It’s been a tough year so far starting with the injury in Hawkstone in February but looking to turn things around at Desertmartin and get a good result in for myself and the team. Thanks to everyone at Metcon CCR TM and everyone that makes it possible, CCM Racing, Fox Head Europe, ReTink Graphics, Swords Motor Factors, Macho Martial Arts, Pro Green MX and Vrooam.”

George Thomas: “I am really excited and nervous about racing this weekend the standard of racing will be extremely high, hopefully I will get a good start which always helps especially at Desertmartin. I would like to wish everyone the best of luck.”

Aidan McDonagh: “It’s going to be a good experience racing with fast fella’s from Britain and I don’t have any expectations rather than give it my all”.



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