Supermoto title fight moves to Northern Ireland

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Teams riders and officials are heading for Northern Ireland for round five of the British Supermoto Championships at Nutts Corner in Belfast on Sunday 30th. The Northern Irish round.

All Irish eyes will be on a wealth of local talent. David Tougher on his immaculate Irish Woodworking machinery TM leads the Open Class and will be doing his utmost to strengthen his position at the top of the table on home turf. Husky Sport's David McKee, now back from injury, will also be doing his best to steal the lion's share of points and prize money in front of an army of local supporters and his sponsors. From South of the border, SM Racing VOR rider Greg Kinsella will be out for his first podium finish in the Open class on a track he knows very well.

But it's going to be no pushover, even with a mass of local support. In the Open Class, still with 200 points up for grabs, any one of ten riders are still in with a shout. Don't rule out Chritian Iddon, Ady Smith, Rob Cross, Sam Warren or Andy Mitchell.

The 450cc class is just as competitive but this time it's a Lancastrian at the top of the table - KTM's Matt Winstanley. Winstanley has been red-hot on his bright orange 450 KTM but having never seen the Irish circuit before he knows all too well that there will be several circuit specialists out to spoil his party.

The KTM Junior Cup riders are also looking forward to this trip across the Irish Sea. Chris Hodgson may be leading the series after a poor showing from a far from well Daniel Griffiths at round 4 but there's a host of rapidly improving talent knocking on the door of their first imminent race win. Essex charger George Clements will surely relish the snaking tarmac of Nutts Corner, as will young Sam Chapman, Meilyr Evans, Liam Ingram and Aaron Holmes. The KTM Junior Cup racing is usually fast and furious at the front and Nutts Corner should be a cracker.

Action starts on Sunday May 30 at 10am with the full racing programme starting at 1pm. Admission for adults costs £10 while students and OAPs cost £5. Supervised kids under 16 go free. For more info visit www.supermotoracing.net

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