Report and race results: Ulster Championship RD4 – Laurelbank

After plenty of rain coming into the event, Laurelbank offered a very slippery circuit for the fourth round of the Ulster Motocross series. Due to a class in the MX National series taking place on the same weekend, some of the heavy hitters decided to race in England instead but it was still good racing at the front. 

Tommy Merton at 40 years old decided to race to prepare for the Vets Des Nations taking place at Farleigh Castle next month and he certainly showed the younger riders how to ride a slippery, old-school track which required plenty of throttle control. 

In the opening moto, Merton was leading on the opening lap but then went down which demoted him to fourth but he was able to make passes on McCrum, Smith and Adair to win the first moto of the day. 

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In race two, it was looking like Luke Smith upped his game and was looking good at the front but Merton bided his time and made his move towards the end of the race. Smith faded back to fourth with Adair taking another strong second spot ahead of Jay McCrum. 

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The best racing of the day came in the final moto with Merton, Adair, Smith, McCrum and Nathan Green all locked together for the majority of the race. Yet again, Merton’s experience came out on top. Nathan Green was mighty impressive as he really improved in the final moto of the day and despite a goggle issue he was still able to pass Smith to cross the line in fourth – he was happy over the finish line. Green can feel hard done by in not getting selected to race the 450cc for team Ireland at the Coupe de l’Avenir. 

It wasn’t the best day for Luke Smith finishing fourth overall but with Jason Meara not racing he has a good shot of winning the title now at the final round taking place next month. 

Talking of championships, it was a good day for Conor Mullan as he secured the Ulster MX2 title with a round to go – he’s another rider who was unlucky not to get selected for the Coupe de l’Avenir for team Ireland this year. 

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In the semi-expert classes it was Ross Adair (MX1) and Niall Cregan (MX2) who had the perfect day winning all three of the moto’s. 

Norman Scott almost had the perfect day in the Clubman MX1 class but a bad start in the last moto of the day cost him all three moto wins but nevertheless he clinched the overall. Jack Willis had a good day in the Clubman MX2 class edging out Colin Ross to clinch the overall. 

See the overall results below including all the youth action: 

Overall Results: 

Expert MX1: 

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  1. Tommy Merton 75 pts 
  2. Ryan Adair 66 pts
  3. Jay McCrum 58 pts
  4. Luke Smith 54 pts
  5. Nathan Green 50 pts

Expert MX2: 

  1. Conor Mullan 75 pts
  2. Tony Conlin 66 pts

Semi-Experts MX1: 

  1. Ross Adair 75 pts
  2. Bobby Irwin 66 pts
  3. John Robb 60 pts
  4. Sean Meighan 52 pts
  5. Joel Brown 50 pts

Semi-Experts MX2:

  1. Niall Cregan 75 pts 
  2. Scott Fisher 66 pts
  3. Tony McCann 60 pts
  4. Nathan Briggs 36 pts

Clubman MX1: 

  1. Norman Scott 72 pts
  2. Paul Carey 69 pts
  3. Stephen Gabbey 53 pts
  4. Graham Caldwell 49 pts
  5. Davey Mulligan 47 pts

Clubman MX2: 

  1. Jack Willis 69 pts
  2. Colin Ross 65 pts
  3. Oisin McAteer 60 pts
  4. Ryan Heaney 48 pts
  5. Graeme Jellie 46 pts

Youth Intermediates: 

  1. Callum Moore 75 pts
  2. Kyle Hamilton 66 pts
  3. Blaine Doyle 60 pts
  4. Jake Nally 54 pts

Youth Auto: 

  1. Ethan Gawley 75 pts
  2. Caleb Ross 66 pts
  3. Daniel Devine 60 pts
  4. Padraig O’Neill 52 pts
  5. Bradley Thompson 46 pts

Youth 65cc – Cadets:

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  1. Ryan Jackson 75 pts
  2. James McCann 64 pts
  3. Callum Bradley 62 pts 

Youth 65cc – Juniors:

  1. Alfie Herron 75 pts
  2. Hayden Gibson 60 pts
  3. Jack Deasy 56 pts
  4. Kole Nally 54 pts
  5. Ryan Jackson 50 pts

Young BW85:

  1. Jack Meara 75 pts
  2. James McAdoo 66 pts
  3. Armas Krizka 60 pts

Youth SW85: 

  1. Ben McConville 75 pts
  2. James Egerton 64 pts
  3. Ben Ford 58 pts
  4. Robijs Depers 54 pts
  5. Jordan Kinsella 52 pts

Article: Andy McKinstry 

Pics: Nigel McKinstry