David Jeffries Memorial Supermoto set to take place

Malachi Mitchell-Thomas.
Malachi Mitchell-Thomas.

This weekend the Temple Motorcycle Club will host the David Jeffries Memorial Supermoto at a purpose built circuit during the Black Horse Ulster Motorcycle Festival at the Eikon Centre, Lisburn.

The race is run in tribute to the late David Jeffries, killed during the Isle of Man TT who was a fervent Supermoto rider and supporter, it has attracted a good entry for the two day event, with Manx man Connor Cummins joining fellow road racer, teenager Malachi Mitchell-Thomas to pit their skill against holder, John Duncan from Scotland, and past holder and local man Davy McKee, the Supermoto specialists.

Supporting the 30 odd Solo riders will be a grid of Quads which are always impressive to watch on a Supermoto Circuits, some of them reaching 100mph plus at the right circuit.

Supermoto is an exciting blend of road racing and motocross on a mixed surface, and has been compared to Rallycross for motorcycles, bikes are motocross based with road racing tyres and brakes, and riders slide the bikes into and round corners, and also tackle dirt sections and jumps in the course of a lap.

Races are short and sharp, and are usually close.

Entry to the show will gain entry to the races, which the Club stresses are actual races, rather than demonstration runs, with the final by invitation only, on Sunday afternoon.

This is a welcome addition to the show which boasts ex Superbike World Champion and ‘King of the Jungle’ Carl Fogarty as guest of honour, but also features Michael Dunlop demonstrating his Ford Escort Mk11 Rally Car, and visits from Ian Hutchinson, Glenn Irwin, Andy Reid, Alistair Seeley, William Dunlop and many others.

Billy Nutt, of Nutt Travel, has organised a free bus transfer to and from Lisburn Railway Station for those unwilling, or unable to drive, and there is ample, free car parking for those travelling to the venue.

The Motorcycle Festival runs from Friday 5th February from 2pm - 10pm, Satuday 6th & Sunday 7th February from 10am – 5pm.More details are available online at www.motorcyclefest.tv