Meara, Mackrel & McCaw talk Coupe de l’Avenir!
Jason Meara (250), James Mackrel (450) and Jordan McCaw (125) represented Ireland at the Coupe de l’Avenir at the weekend.
Jason Meara got a brand new KTM for the weekend and had great speed all weekend. Unfortunately, crashes cost him a top ten finish which would have been brilliant but he did have the speed for the top ten. Jason ended up going 13-20-21 in the moto’s. There is no doubt he would have learnt a lot this weekend riding with GP and EMX riders.
James Mackrel didn’t have the best of luck as he hyper-extended his Achilles’ tendon on Saturday. He was in a lot of pain on Sunday for the races but what a tough guy! He dug deep for his country and finished the moto’s in 20-17-17. Like Meara he had the speed for a top ten result, in the last moto of the day he was running in the top ten and trying to make a pass before a slip cost him.
Our 125cc rider, Jordan McCaw had to ride the wheels of his machine all weekend long competing against the 450cc and 250cc machines. That would have been very difficult but no doubting he would have had to push very hard which will help with his riding. Jordan ended up 26-21-DNF in the moto’s.
The three riders rode their hearts out for the country and it was good enough to finish ninth in the open class! The potential is definitely there to do a lot better, crashes and a bit of bad luck cost us but a great result none the less.
Jason Meara: “I really enjoyed my weekend. I rode my heart out both days, unfortunately I was riddled with crashes which hurt my results! In the last race I had gotten a good start then got t-boned on the fourth or fifth corner, I was absolutely gutted as I wanted to give the team at least one top 10 finish!! I’d like to thank James and Jordan for their effort,we all give it are best! Also, I’d like to thank Jim Jones for all his help and Mick McGinn, I couldn’t have asked for a better team manager”.
James Mackrel: “Happy with how my weekend ended up as I picked up an injury in free practice on Sunday, I pushed through it and was happy to qualify eighth for Sunday’s race. Sunday started with a struggle and didn’t get any easier, it this turned into a mudder which was good but didn’t help my leg. Was running top ten in race three but then slipped off trying to make the pass but I got back to seventeenth so I can’t complain. I’m just happy that I got the opportunity to represent my country and hope that I get the chance to do it again sometime!”
Jordan McCaw: “It was a great honour to race for my country at the weekend in Belgium, it really was a brilliant event! It took me a while on the Saturday to get to grips with the track but we qualified eighth going into the races on Sunday. Sunday morning in free practice I felt really good but then in moto one I was having a great race. I got a good start and was running in the top 20 for a good part of the race until the last two laps when the foot pegs broke clean off my bike on the step down but I still managed to finish the race. All in all I tried my very best in all three races and really can’t thank everybody enough for getting me out there especially Mick McGinn and Jimmy Jones. Also, a big thank you to my mum & dad organising everything, I really wouldn’t get anywhere without them. Also, thanks to Sammy and Mickey for there help all weekend, well done to James and Jason as they rode awesome”
Article: Andy McKinstry