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Local riders to test their skills against overseas competition over festive holiday

Bermuda Motorcross Association will hold their popular Boxing Day and New Year’s Day races at Bermuda Motorsports Park at Southside, St David’s, over the festive period (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

The Bermuda Motocross Association have an extra treat in store for fans during the upcoming Boxing Day and New Year’s Day races at Bermuda Motorsports Park in Southside, St David’s.

This year’s festive events will feature four overseas riders from the United States, Brazil and Netherlands who will pit their skills against some of the best riders Bermuda has to offer.

American Denver Rigsby is competing in the Expert class, Brazilian siblings Kayky and Kevin De Pinho among the 85cc, Supermini and Novice classes and Dutchman Willem Vermeulen in the Over -30s class.

“Denver and the two brothers are going to be of exceptional pace,” Gannon Trott, the BMA president, told The Royal Gazette.

The association has broken away from the norm this year with the increase in overseas riders among the field.

““Normally we bring in one or two professional riders but this year we did four and I think it will be very exciting,” Chelsea Longworth, the BMA secretary, said.

“We have four international riders coming down who will be competing both days in these, our biggest races of the season.”

Among the local riders expected to be in contention for honours in the Expert class are Jonah Smith, Kai’jun Simons, Allan Degraff, Gap Majors and Zendai Fubler.

Smith, 25, turned professional in 2017 and has experience competing on the American Motorcylists Association Supercross Championship in the United States, while Simons has also competed in the US in recent years.

Local trio Ronald Trott, Ben Zoeller and Aaron Cannonier are among pre-race favourites in the Over-30s class, with Bermuda’s Jazuri Easton-Thompson and Michael Maclean expected to be thick in the hunt for honours in the novice class.

Easton-Thompson is also a hot favourite in the Supermini class and compatriot Rudell Pitcher will go well in the 85cc class.

“I think our local riders are going to give 100 per cent and put on a good show for everyone,” Trott added.

The upcoming trophy races will showcase the talents of more than 60 riders who will compete for the top three places on the podium.

Racing begins at noon on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

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Published December 24, 2022 at 7:58 am (Updated December 24, 2022 at 7:37 am)

Local riders to test their skills against overseas competition over festive holiday

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