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Saturday 21 October 2017

Motocross is back in Ferns

■ EASTER WEEKEND sees the return of competitive motocross action to Ferns as the South East Motocross Club host the Irish Youth championship on Saturday, and then the Under-21 and Veteran series on Sunday.

It will be the second round of the national youth series following on from the opener in Desertmartin, so the marker has been set down by those looking for silverware in 2010. Among the locals who will be in the hunt is SP Motorcycles rider James Doyle. The Aughrim man has switched machines this year and is still getting used to his KTM, but would be a safe bet for a podium in the 85cc class.

In the 250cc class, expect to see Camolin-based Jim O'Neill up front. In the first round the Suzuki rider steamrolled his way to a pair of first place finishes to leave him sitting at the top of the leaderboard. Not too far behind him though is Ryan Davin from Inch who sits in fifth place in the championship. He will be looking to improve in Ferns.

Sunday will see the adults come out to play in what will be an interesting day that will showcase the up and coming talent in the national Under-21 series along with past champions in the veteran class.

Some of the hottest racing of the year is expected in the Under-21 class. These guys take no prisoners and aren't afraid to get physical to make a pass. It's too hard to pick a winner , but you can be sure that Michael Mahon of Brittas, Kildare's Christy Hartnett and Cork's Aaron Beausang will up there.

In the veteran class, where the minimum age is 35, the riders tend to show a tad more discipline but always provide great racing. Arklow man Peter Marshall is the defending national veteran champion and, with Ferns being his home track, you can be sure the Honda rider will give 110% to get the win.

Over the past few weeks, Ferns Motocross Park has been groomed and reworked to provide the perfect surface for racing. The spectacular south-east circuit should turn out another top event this weekend.

Racing will start at 11 a.m. both days, and the track is signposted from the Main Street (N11) in Ferns. Admission is only ¤5 with children Under-12 getting in free. Anyone who needs further information can log onto www.semcc.ie

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