Desert Martin Podium 2016


The former GP circuit of Desert Martin in Northern Ireland was the location of the fourth round of the Maxxis ACU British Championship supported by Pro Clean as the championship reached the halfway stage. Apico Husqvarna headed to the impressive sand circuit looking to reclaim the championship lead after losing it at the previous round. Light rain in the lead up to the event had left the track in great condition ready for the morning practice and qualifying session. Both Steven Clarke and Bryan MacKenzie quickly got settled into the track and started producing fast laps. Steven finished the session third fastest ahead of Bryan in fifth place giving them both a good gate pick for the two races.

Bry Mac Desert Martin Maxxis 16 Pic1 Steven Clarke Desert Martin 2016 pic2

Following the short rain shower during the lunch break it was time for the opening race of the day and as gate dropped both riders didn’t get the best of jumps but MacKenzie was able to make up a lot of ground in the opening corners while Clarke tangled with another rider and was outside the top ten on the opening lap. MacKenzie quickly moved into third place and was pressing forward to move into second, meanwhile Clarke had got up to sixth after the opening laps. As the race progressed MacKenzie continued to try and close the gap to Sterry in the lead. As the race started to draw to a close Clarke passed his way into third place and was coming under from pressure from series leader Martin Barr until on the last lap Barr made a mistake allowing Clarke to take a well-deserved third and closed the points gap.


The second race saw MacKenzie make a better start, with Clarke again suffering from a bad start and having to push forward early on to move inside the top 5 by the end of the second lap. MacKenzie was in second and pushing Sterry early on but was unable to close the gap before the finish. By the mid race Clarke was into third and after suffering a problem with his goggles due to the rain shower during the early stages of the race and he therefore decided to settle for third place and take the championship lead following the retirement of Martin Barr.

Steven Clarke Desert Martin Maxxis 16 pic1 (2) Bry Mac Desert Martin Maxxis 16 Pic2

MacKenzie 2 – 2 scorecard was enough to give him second overall on the day and moved him up to second in the championship points standings behind team mate Clarke who reclaimed the Red Plate and now leads by 13 points.

The pair now head into the second half of the season first and second in the championship as the series moves to Leuchars in Scotland.

Stuart Summers – Chief Technician – it’s been a really good days racing for us as Steven has reclaimed the Red Plate after having two good rides to finish in third both times as suffering bad starts. For Bryan he had two good results in second place both times from two good starts. He has also now moved up to second in the championship and actually closed the gap on Steven to 13 points. As a team we are sitting 1st and 2nd in the championship and feeling really positive going into the next round in Scotland. 


Bryan MacKenzie – it’s been a great day for me and it’s always a venue that I look forward as it’s like a little weekend away with the boat trip breaking up the journey and it’s also one of the closest venues for me. It’s a great venue to come to and the track is always well prepared and my results have been great with to two second places and although Sterry took both wins I felt I had a match for his speed over the race distance but need to work on my speed in the opening laps, but I will go home and work on that before the next round at Leuchars. 


Steven Clarke – it’s been a really good day for me and I had my best qualifying of the year today with a 3rd and felt I had good speed all day. In the first race I had a bad start and tangled with Barr on the first lap and he went down then I was riding great all race so was happy to finish in third. Then in the second race I had another bad start and worked my way up behind Bry my teammate but I got some water under my tear offs and got the pit board that Barr was out so decided to settle for third instead of pushing a crash out like the old me would have. Overall I’ve got the Red Plate back and will work on my starts for the next round in Scotland and keep looking at the bigger picture of the championship. 


MX2 Overall
1 – Adam Sterry – 50 points
2 – Bryan MacKenzie – Apico Husqvarna – 44 points
3 – Steven Clarke – Apico Husqvarna – 40 points
4 – Jordan Booker – 30 points
5 – Michael Eccles – 29 points


MX2 Championship
1 – Steven Clarke – 148 points
2 – Bryan MacKenzie – 135 points
3 – Martin Barr – 128 points
4 – Adam Sterry – 120 points
5 – Jake Millward – 90 points


Full Results can be found at

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