Preston Docks to the rescue

In a last-minute change of plan, the cream of British MX talent will be taking to the circuit at Preston Docks in Lancashire, for the opening round of the Michelin MX Nationals British Championship this weekend, rather than the scheduled Cadders Hill, Lyng.

Thursday, 5th April 2018, 1:21 pm
Updated Thursday, 5th April 2018, 1:26 pm
Dexter Douglas will be in action in the Pro MX2 class

Literally hours before the team were due on site to start track work, MX Nationals organisers Paul and Neil Irwin had to make the tough decision to switch venues.

An extreme flooding situation at Cadders Hill has made the venue unusable and they felt the probable risks to land, and the event as a whole, which could have far-reaching repercussions for the sport, outweighed the inconvenience of moving to a different track.

Manager director of Blackburn-based motorcycle accessories firm Race FX, Paul Irwin said; “Riders of all levels want to ride for a championship.

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“With the adverse weather conditionals already throwing a spanner in the works for many, we decided it was better to move to a different location and give them a chance to get out and race, rather than simply cancel,” said Irwin.

“The Preston Docks circuit is a firm favourite with the MX Nationals and was already on the calendar for our second round in May.

“It’s a great all-weather venue with hard-standing and a car park from which we can easily get spectators in, and out.

“ We run our own RFX Crescent Yamaha team in the championship and so it’s a welcome boost for us to be racing on home turf.”

The ‘Nationals’ offers a whole weekend of entertainment and racing for the entire family.

With 26 races over two days, and classes catering for SW/BW 85, MXY1 and 2, MX1 and MX2 Clubman, MX1 and MX2 Expert right through to the Pro MX1 and MX2 ‘Fastest 40’; the stage is set for an action-packed programme of British championship racing at the very top of its game.

A two-day weekend pass is just £15 on the gate.

Children aged 12 and under go free. Camping is available from Friday onwards for only £10. There will be on-site facilities as well as refreshments and trade stands.

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