With the rain staying at bay, weather conditions for the fifth round of the Southern Centre Motocross Championship in Dundalk Motopark proved to be almost perfect.
A drying track provided some closely fought racing in all classes throughout the day.
First out of the gate was the pro MX1/MX2 class, which saw Mike Mahon take the win and overall on the day with team-mate Stephen Mullally in second, TCM Honda’s Christy Harnett taking home third spot and local man Ryan Callaghan in fourth.
Ryan leads the Pro MX1 Championship after five rounds out of eight. With the championship just over the half way mark and three rounds left its going to be a battle right to the end of the season.
In Pro MX2 Jim O’Neill took the win, fighting off a wrist injury. Jim rode solid to stay ahead of young up and coming riders Jordan Keogh in second spot and Shane Mulligan taking the third step of the podium.
Next out was the Semi Expert MX1/MX2 With Dylan Nally taking the top step in MX1 ahead of Roy Kennedy and Sean Woods in third.
MX2 saw Stephen Kelly, Ryan Morten and Conor Marshall battle it out all day to finish in that order. Local rider Gary Marmion had a tough day to come home a hard earned seventh.
CMX1 were next behind the gate. Paul Coaklay secured the overall with two wins and a 4th ahead of Andy McKibbin in second and Luke Annett taking home third. Local men James Callaghan and Shane McGuinness fought hard to just miss out on the podium in fourth and fifth.
CMX2 finished off a great day’s racing and saw Mark O’Rourke take the overall and improve as the day went on. Stephen Tracey didn’t make it easy for him finishing in second and Jonathan Merriman coming home in third. Local men Marty Thornton and Colm Kirk battled it out to finish top ten in seventh and ninth respectively.