British Motocross Championship allocated to Desertmartin

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A ROUND of the British Motocross Championship has been allocated to the Cookstown club for next year. The date is Sunday, June 24, and the venue will again be the popular Desertmartin track. Having been voted the best round of the 2011 season it was only natural that the competent Cookstown officials would again contribute to the

2012 series. Eight rounds make up the British series and the Desertmartin meeting is the fifth, signalling the start of the second half of the campaign.

So far as the date is concerned it’s an ideal one since it doesn’t clash with a Grand Prix and that will allow the organisers to attract some of the world stars.

The British Championship manager is Brian Higgins who said: “We are delighted to have everything in place and contracts signed by all eight organisers.

“The series gets underway on March 11 at the Fatcat circuit near Doncaster and concludes seven months later on October 7 in Devon.

“Five rounds will remain similar to 2011 with three MX1, three MX2 and two support races of either Youth or Veteran,” he added.

“However, the remaining three rounds will have a revised format with just two races each for the MX1 and MX2 classes of the normal 20 minutes duration while the top 20 from each class will go forward to a longer 30 minute shoot-out race at the end of the day.

“Obviously, this should be exciting as the old format did not allow the top MX1 and MX2 riders to race against each other.”

The allocation of classes at each event has yet to be finalised but this latest format twist would certainly add to the appeal of spectators at Desertmartin.