TNN’s Trevor Lindsay recently spoke with President of the Bermuda Motocross Club Arlene Simmons after the club’s Remembrance Day race, which honored the island’s fallen motocross soldiers, but particularly one of the founders of motocross in Bermuda, Burt “Dirt Digger” Ingham.
“The weather was perfect on Thursday, the track was in great condition, it was a really good and successful day,” Ms. Simmons said. “Everyone who attended had a great time, the event was well organized, it was a good day.”
According to Simmons, the riders were all fantastic, but the peewee/youth riders were awesome, especially considering that they had not ridden on the track competitively for almost a year, and some it was their first time.
Michael McClain is a 13-year-old rider who rides a Husqvarna 125cc in the novice class on bike #7. According to Ms. Simmons, he dominated the novice class, winning two out of the three motos.
“Our club has a youth development program. Professional riders Jonah Smith and Jaire Mitchell along with our local expert and senior riders hold the classes,” she said. “They happen every other week on Saturday mornings, but the next one is not until December 11 because quite a few of our riders and coaches are overseas to compete in the Thor Mini O’s competition in Florida.”
There are two sets of classes offered; introductory classes for new riders who will learn technique and some physical exercises toward strength training, and the other for more experienced riders. We even offer classes for older riders who would like to learn or enhance their skill level.
“Motocross is not only expensive for our riders, but also for our club,” Ms. Simmons said. “We have track and facility maintenance – we constantly need soil, sifted soil, water, plumbing supplies, and now that we own two pieces of equipment, that equipment also needs to be maintained consistently.”
There are constant expenses, and that’s where we need help, so we’re seeking out sponsors to assist in that area,” she continued. “Our youth development team is also looking for sponsors.”
“I’d like to thank all who have supported Bermuda Motocross Club, not only in these current years, but the years and years before this time. Without their support and contributions, motocross in Bermuda would not be the sport it is today.”
Photo courtesy of Earl Basden Islandstats.com
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