Martin Barr takes second spot in British MX2 at Duns

The weather at the weekend played havoc with all sport and the motocross didn't miss with all the events getting their fair share of the heavy rain and wind.

Monday, 30th July 2018, 3:52 pm
Updated Friday, 31st August 2018, 4:59 pm
Martin Barr took second overall at last Sunday's Duns round of the MX2 British Championship.

Following a five-week break the Maxxis British Championship moved into the second half of the series at Duns in Scotland and local rider Martin Barr just missed out on taking the overall win in the MX2 class.

The Revo Husqvarna rider qualified fourth fastest behind championship leader Conrad Mewes on the ASA Hitachi KTM and in the opening race he finished third behind Josh Gilbert. In race two with the weather taking a turn for the worse and the track turning into a mud bath he claimed fourth after being held up on the last lap by back markers.

“It wasn’t a bad weekend but it could have been better,” said Barr. “The track was perfect for qualifying and I set the fourth fastest time.

Billy Hutton Memorial Trophy winner Richard Bird (centre) pictured with Jordan McCaw and Stuart Nesbitt along with the late Billy Hutton's daughters Dawn, Heather and Denise.

“In the opening race I made a decent start lying fifth before moving up to third. As I was moving into second I washed the front and went down and dropped to fifth before battling my way back to third at the flag.

“The rain was hammering down at the start of race two turning the track into a mess and although I didn’t make the best of starts I took my time and picked them off to move into second and a potential overall winning situation.

“Unfortunately I lost my goggles near the end of the race. I struggled to see where I was going and got caught behind two back markers, loosing a lot of time and eventually finishing fourth. I finished joint first on points with my team-mate Mel Pocock but with him finishing just in front of me his second race result was better and he took the overall. Disappointing, but after a bit of a dip in results lately I was feeling good on the bike again and can’t wait for the rest of the season.”

Glenoe’s Glenn McCormick had the best result of his season when he finished eighth on the Watts KTM in race one at Duns and despite a non-finish in race two he was happy with his performance.

“I qualified 16th and made a cracking start in the opening moto, lying third into turn one,” he said. “I stayed there for a few laps before dropping to fifth then I lost my goggles and couldn’t see, dropping to eighth. I did regroup and catch seventh but it was too little too late.

“Race two was run in awful conditions. I was fifth away and someone cleaned my front wheel and down I went. There must have been three or four bikes on top of me and by the time I dug myself out of the mud the race was over.

“I was running 17th but out of the points and pulled in to save the bike for another day. It was frustrating but I’m happy with my performance and can’t wait to the next round at Hawkstone Park on 12th August.”

“In the same class Dundonald’s James Mackrel claimed 7th overall while Jason Meara finished 12th overall.

In the MX1 class reigning champion Carrick’s Graeme Irwin qualified fastest on the ASA Hitachi KTM, over two seconds faster than Russian rider Evgeny Bobryshev but in his opening race someone hit the left side of the bike and bent the sprocket and chain guide.

“The chain came off and there was no chance of getting back it back on,” explained Irwin. With the second race abandoned due to the weather it was a disappointing day for the champion.

Meanwhile, Lisburn’s Richard Bird added his name to the prestigious Billy Hutton Memorial Trophy for the third time in his career as he raced his Five5 KTM to victory over Jordan McCaw and Stuart Simpson at a very wet Bells Hill last Saturday.

“I knew I had to get it off the line as the conditions were so bad that who ever made the start would win,” he said. “It was good craic and it’s nice to get my name on the trophy again. Now I will focus on Seaforde this weekend for the next round of the Irish Championship.”