MOTOCROSS: Desertmartin to host British championship round in 2016

Graeme Irwin is among the top names set to challenge for victory at Desertmartin in 2016.
Graeme Irwin is among the top names set to challenge for victory at Desertmartin in 2016.

Desertmartin will host a round of the prestigious Maxxis British Motocross Championship in 2016 after a two-year hiatus.

The top tier motocross series returns to the famous Co Londonderry venue near Magherafelt for the first time since 2013, with Desertmartin playing host to the fourth round of the championship on June 12.

Promoted by Cookstown & District Motocross Club, the event is certain to attract big crowds with a raft of star names in action, including Carrick’s Graeme Irwin, who takes on a new challenge next year after joining Dave Thorpe’s Buildbase Honda team for the MX1 class.

Other key Ulster hopefuls include Martin Barr from Ballyclare, plus Richard Bird, Glen McCormick and the Meara brothers, Jason and John.

The famous circuit previously held rounds of the FIM Motocross World Championship in 2005 and 2006 and makes a prominent return to the 2016 calendar after an agreement was reached with ACU Events.

Stuart Drummond, ACU Events Series Manager, met with Billy McKeown, Director of the Cookstown Club and secretary Marlene Sykes to shake hands on the deal after carrying out an inspection of the course recently.

“I went to have a look at the track a couple of days ago,” said Drummond.

“They have had some horrendous weather out here but that hasn’t phased the track much at all, it has taken the rain extraordinarily well and the track actually looks great.”

A statement issued by the Cookstown club said: “Both parties, Mr Drummond, on behalf of the ACU Events, and Mr McKeown, are pleased that the agreement has been made for Desertmartin to make it’s highly anticipated return in 2016.

“With the deal signed, the ACU Maxxis British Motocross Championship is already looking forward to returning to Desertmartin for the first time since 2013.”