Mo­tocross event in Rath­drum

Bray People - - Sport -

THIS WEEK­END, Satur­day and Sun­day, will see the third round of the Na­tional Grasstrack cham­pi­onship come to Co. Wick­low.

The South East Mo­tocross Club pre­vi­ously ran this event in Aughrim from 20002002 and in Round­wood in 2006. This year the small town of Rath­drum will host the pres­ti­gious se­ries in which rid­ers com­pete on mo­tocross racing ma­chines.

Grasstrack racing, how­ever, is some­what dif­fer­ent to the more com­mon mo­tocross racing. The tracks com­peti­tors race on are flat tracks, without jumps, which makes for very fast racing.

Wick­low has a his­tory of pro­duc­ing top mo­tocross and grasstrack tal­ent. In years gone by the county has pro­duced sev­eral Premier na­tional cham­pi­ons, in par­tic­u­lar since 2003 when the top award has been shared be­tween two Rath­drum na­tives, Pa­trick O’Neill and Mervyn Grif­fin.

Un­for­tu­nately, O’Neill suf­fered an hor­rific in­jury ear­lier this sea­son and will not be com­pet­ing this week­end, but you can rest as­sured Grif­fin will be out to prove he’s still num­ber one.

Looking to­wards the youth classes, 13-yearold James Doyle will def­i­nitely be one to keep an eye on. The An­nacurra young­ster has been con­sis­tently get­ting his 85cc Honda up front this sea­son, so few would bet against him in front of his home fans this week­end.

There will be a full pro­gramme of racing on both days which will in­clude adult and youth classes. Adult classes will cater for Premier, Semi-Ex­pert and Sup- port rid­ers.

In the youth classes your age de­cides which class you race in, with ma­chine sizes rang­ing from 50cc to 250cc. Rid­ers can ac­tu­ally be­gin racing at the very young age of six years old, al­beit on small au­to­matic 50cc ma­chines, but they still give it their all and pro­vide se­ri­ous en­ter­tain­ment.

Racing will start at 2 p.m. on Satur­day and 12 noon on Sun­day. Ad­mis­sion is only €5, with chil­dren un­der 12 get­ting in free. For more in­for­ma­tion about the event and the track lo­ca­tion, check out www.semcc.ie.

Mervyn Grif­fin of Rath­drum in action

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