Motocross riders need a safe space

Young motocross riders need a safe space in which to train
Young motocross riders need a safe space in which to train

Unfortunately there have been several accidents in recent months involving motocross bikes.

I would like to wish a speedy recovery to those who have been injured as a consequence of these incidents. No-one wants or encourages this type of behaviour.

Letters to editor

Letters to editor

Our MLAs in Stormont quite rightly want tougher laws to try and control the use of motocross bikes in unsuitable environments.

However, I feel it might be a good idea to provide proper facilities for these young riders, which might also provide accommodation for quad riders.

Millions have been spent on stadiums for soccer, rugby and gaelic football, I don’t think it is unreasonable to ask for finance to accommodate this sport.

Motorcycling in Northern Ireland is one of the main sports with many young people participating and well attended by spectators.

The current Superbike World Champion, Jonathan Rea, rode motocross in his younger days.

Other high profile riders include the Laverty Bros, Ralph Bryans, Brian Reid and of course the Dunlop family riders, and many others, all came from our small country.

All these riders are well supported in Northern Ireland.

A practice track at Nutts Corner was refused proper planning permission when brought before Antrim Council.

It was well supported by Official Unionist, Mervyn Rea, but was opposed by the local Sinn Fein and DUP councillors.

The track was well organised in a safe environment with training support available. It was defeated by only one vote. This would have been an excellent project in a legal and safe environment.

We need to support young riders and help them to respect the sport in a safe environment.

Provide them with opportunities to enjoy their sport and perfect it in a competitive atmosphere and free from sectarianism.

We need to grow young professional riders for the future of this sport.

Most of all, we need to keep the public safe while we do it.

Mervyn Thompson, Crumlin