Irwin Top Five In MX Nationals Opener

/ March 24, 2014

Irwin01Graeme Irwin rode to a top five finish at the opening round of this year’s MX Nationals championship at Culham, as he continues to adapt to the bigger 450 machine.

Irwin initially struggled for pace in the opening moto, with the team still finding the best set-up for the Northern Irishman. With the races featuring a combined field, Irwin battled through the mid-pack to finish eighth overall in the MX1 class.

After some more tweaks to the settings on his RM-Z450, Irwin carded fifth and sixth placed finishes in the weekend’s final two races, to secure fifth overall.

He said afterwards, “The weekend was really good. I had a good qualifying; I was third in my session but when they put the times of the two groups together I was fifth.

“But the first race on Saturday was just terrible to be honest; it was my mistake. I changed the settings of the bike; I just wanted to improve the bike and let’s just say that it wasn’t right. So on Sunday we changed the rear shock and changed the setup.

“In Sunday’s opener I had a good start, crashed on the first lap, but I got back to fifth and was happy enough with that. In the last race, I hit the gate and was dead last, came all the way back to sixth.”

Luke Burton suffered a crash in the opening race after the start, suffering concussion and was unable to complete the weekend.