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Exciting climax anticipated for festive motocross series

The Bermuda Motocross Association Boxing Day and New Year’s Day Trophy Race Series concludes on Sunday at Southside, St David’s (File photograph by Ras Mykkal)

The Bermuda Motocross Association is looking forward to an exciting climax to its Boxing Day and New Year’s Day Trophy Race Series.

Titles will be up for grabs in the various classes decided at Bermuda Motorsports Park in Southside, St David’s, on Sunday.

“Sunday is supposed to be a really good day with no rain in sight and we are hoping everyone will come out to see some good racing.,” Gannon Trott, the BMA president, told The Royal Gazette. “It’s supposed to be no rain so Sunday should be exceptional racing.”

Despite the inclement weather, event organisers were able to complete all but three races on Monday.

“We were really not sure if we were going to be able to do it just from a safety aspect because of the hazard of the actual track,” Trott added. “We decided to go ahead because motocross is rain, blow or shine but needless to say the weather was treacherous and did not ease up on us at all.

“At times it was drizzling, so we were just trying to get in as many races as possible with the track conditions, which was absolutely muddy. But as the day went on the rain came harder and it became very dangerous so we had to call it all off.

“But it was some interesting racing and we are looking for New Year’s Day to give us better weather so we can have some excellent racing.”

The poor weather resulted in a low turnout of spectators, which came as no surprise to event organisers.

“It was a very low turnout but we were not disappointed because we know people don’t really come out in weather like that so we expected it,” Trott said.

“But at the end of the day like I said motocross is rain, blow or shine and if the track was not so treacherous we would have continued even though it was raining. But as the day went on and the rain continued the track got worse so we had to take safety into consideration.”

A winter storm that buried Indianapolis under nearly two inches of snow last week ruled American Expert rider Denver Rigsby out of the Boxing Day races.

“Denver couldn’t make it because the airport was shut down where he was for three days,” Trott said. “We had to reroute him and he has now arrived so he will definitely be here for the race on Sunday.”

Rigsby is among an overseas contingent of riders competing in the series which also includes Brazilian siblings Kayky and Kevin De Pinho and Dutchman Willem Vermeulen.

Top local professional Jonah Smith,was also absent among the field in the Expert class on Boxing Day.

“Jonah did not ride on Boxing Day. With the condition of the track and him being on a smaller bike, he would have blown his engine up – that’s how muddy and sticky it was,” Trott explained. “He’s on 250cc so he decided to save his bike and himself to give a better show on Sunday.”

Smith, 25, turned professional in 2017 and has experience competing on the American Motorcylists Association Supercross Championship in the United States.

Racing begins at noon on New Year’s Day.

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Published December 29, 2022 at 7:47 am (Updated December 29, 2022 at 7:47 am)

Exciting climax anticipated for festive motocross series

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