MOTOCROSS returns to County Down on Saturday after a two year break caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Killinchy and District Motorcycle Club will be hosting The John Donnelly Memorial Motocross at Seaforde Moto Parc, which has been modified to suit the bikes taking to the line on the day.

The event will also be incorporating the first round of the Northern Ireland Classic Scrambles Club Championship and the day is open to adult and youth entries, with an Evo class for the first 45 entries received.

The John Donnelly Trophy has been in the hands of plenty of County Down men over the years, with past winners including Moneyreagh men William Burgess and Laurence Spence, along with Stephen Russell from Comber, Ards man Tommy Merton and Killinchy man Sam McMinn. Speaking ahead of the event, former winner and current Killinchy club Chairman, Sam McMinn said: “It has been frustrating not being able to run a motocross event for past two years. “Everyone in our club is looking forward to hosting the event and we hope the riders will be looking forward to a day of proper racing. “I am also looking forward to running a classic event with the John Donnelly Trophy, as we will have the same type of machine that I won it on in 1973,” he said.

There will be medals on the day for all youth riders, with Easter Eggs for those who entered before the day of the event. Entry to the event will cost £25 for adults, plus £5 at the gate, while children 17 years-of-age and under are free at gate. Day licences will also be available for £10 and signing on opens at 8.30am, ahead of racing starting at 11am.

Riders can enter online or download a form by visiting Killinchy and District Motorcycle Club member Adrian Lappin in action. ahead of the event.