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2018 Irish Motocross Team

It is our pleasure to announce the official Risk Racing, Russells YAMAHA BY ENJOY team line up for 2018.

This season we have secured a mix of both vastly experienced and youthful racers from which to launch an attack on both MX1 and MX2 Ulster and Irish Championships. Multi Champion, Robert Hamilton takes on the role as “Rider/Manager and will spearhead the MX1 Challenge, alongside the talented Sean Devlin, who is eager to show what he can do on the new YAMAHA YZF450. Sean won the final round of the Irish Championship in 2017.

We welcome our “Young Guns”, David Robson 17, Aaron Gardiner 19 and Jordan Martin 23, bright prospects for the future of Irish Motocross, they will race both domestic and UK National events, as they continue to develop their skills under the guidance of Robert Hamilton.

Roll on March 17th, Round One of the Irish Championship at Desertmartin.

MX1 Riders: YAMAHA YZF450
Robert Hamilton #3
Home Town: Ballymoney

Irish Nationals & Ulster Premier Championship

Sean Devlin #164
Home Town:Loughbrickland
Irish Nationals & Ulster Premier Championship

MX2 Riders: YAMAHA YZF250
David Robson #17
Home Town:Newtownards
Ulster Youth & British MXY2 Championships

Aaron Gardiner #34
Home Town:Derry
Irish /Ulster & Donegal Championship – Grade A

Jordan Martin #74
Home Town: Killyleagh

Irish, Ulster & Acerbis Nationals Championships – Grade A

MCCNI / Irish MX1 Championship Riders
Sam Beattie #365
MCCNI Championships & Irish National Championship – Grade C
Darren Wilkinson #548
Irish National Championship & Ulster Championship – Grade C

Official Team Photographer for 2018 : Mr Ian Cairns.

Dutch Masters Markelo

Shaun Simpson of the Wilvo Yamaha MXGP team kicked off the Dutch Masters of Motocross with a top-five finish. Simpson made a strong impression in both motos and fought hard for a step on the box but, unfortunately, it was not to be. Shaun had to settle for a sixth place due to a mistake in the first moto. In the second moto, however, he found his way into third place yet in the heat of the moment the Scotsman had to give up two more places and eventually ended in fifth.

The track of Markelo was perfectly prepped for the first race of the Dutch Masters series and Shaun started his training with a lot of enthusiasm. The Dutch weather made the soil a bit swampy and ruts occurred all over the track, but ‘24’ built his speed up slowly in qualifying and clocked the eighth-best time.

A good start in the first moto got Simpson a start within the top three and then his good rhythm got him into a battle with Gautier Paulin, Romain Febvre and Max Anstie. Simpson fought hard for the second spot, but unfortunately a mistake cost him a spot inside of the top three and he had to settle for a sixth place.

The Scotsman got behind the gate for the second race with some fresh motivation. This time his start was not as good as the first one, but Simpson fought back. Shaun started working his way up to fifth place and even attacked the top three riders, then in the second half of the moto he claimed third place and tried everything to get that second place. Shaun felt the pressure from behind at that point and fell back to fourth. Whilst desperately trying to get that third place back, he was caught by the man behind and eventually finished in fifth place.

Overall Shaun ended just inside the top five at the opening round of the Dutch Masters in Markelo. The focus now turns to the MXGP of Europe, which will take at Valkenswaard. The iconic circuit is extremely close to the Wilvo Yamaha MXGP base.

Shaun Simpson in action
Shaun Simpson in action

Dutch Masters Markelo – Report

After the strong start of the world championship, Kemea Yamaha also achieved great results in the Dutch Masters. Jago Geerts finished fourth (3+6 in heats) in the first round of the Dutch Masters in Markelo. Geerts counted as many points as number three Davy Pootjes, but the Dutchman had a better result in the second heat which allowed him to step on the podium. Geerts’ teammate Vsevolod Brylyakov took fifth place (9+ 4). Ben Watson had, especially in the second heat, a lot of bad luck and finished in thirteenth position (7+26).

Team owner Hans Corvers: “It is a pity that Watson and Geerts were taken down at the start of the second that. Otherwise, Jago would certainly have been on the podium. Something he really deserved. Now he came short of one point. Anyway, I am satisfied with the performances of my riders. They continue to make progress.”

First heat
1. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Dan/Hus)
2. Calvin Flanders (SAf/Hon)
3. JAGO GEERTS (Bel/Yam)
4. Jed Beaton (Aus/Kaw)
5. Ruben Fernandez-Garcia (Spa/Kaw)

Second heat
1. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Dan/Hus)
2. Jed Beaton (Aus/Kaw)
3. Davy Pootjes (Ndl/KTM)
5. Micha-Boy de Waal (Ndl/Hon)
6. JAGO GEERTS (Bel/Yam)
26. BEN WATSON (GBr/Yam)

1. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Dan/Hus) 50
2. Jed Beaton (Aus/Kaw) 40
3. Davy Pootjes (Ndl/KTM) 35
4. JAGO GEERTS (Bel/Yam) 35
13. BEN WATSON (GBr/Yam) 15

#18 Vsevolod Brylyakov
5th place overall
Vsevolod Brylyakov“I had a pretty good day in Markelo. A fifth place, without pushing to the limit: not bad. After my severe shoulder injury it’s important to get as much racing rhythm as possible. In that respect, it was a very good training for me. It was again a step forward.

#193 Jago Geerts
4th place overall
Jago Geerts“Of course it’s a pity that I just missed the podium, but I am satisfied with the way I raced. In the second heat, after I was caught up in a crash in the start, I came back from last to sixth place. Not bad at all. It was a very good practiceday. I’m already looking forward to the GP in Valkenswaard on Sunday.”

#919 Ben Watson
13th place overall
“I wasn’t really lucky in Markelo. In the start of the second heat I got involved in a crash with a few riders. I came back to the front and seemed to be on my way to the top three, but then I made a small mistake on the table top and got stuck in a lot of mud along the track. But my riding was pretty good.”