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Local duo off to des Nations

Dessie Blackadder

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Dessie Blackadder

TWO local riders compete in the Classic Motocross des Nations event in Pacov in the Czech Republic this weekend.

They are Trevor Calderwood, from Ahoghill, and James Thompson, from Cullybackey.

The duo are part of the Northern Ireland side which will battle it out with riders from 15 other Nations.

Earlier in the season Calderwood won the World Trans AM 500 Class in the CZ Championships in America and has been doing quite well in the British Classic series.

Thompson is one of the fastest Classic riders in the UK on the Pre 65 Jap bike.

He recently won the Pre 68 class at Drumlanrig Castle Scotland and is the current NI Champion.

Calderwood told Guardian Sport he is really looking forward to racing in the the Czech Republic, the home to CZ motocross bikes.

“I have raced this event in the past in Sweden , Germany, England and Northern Ireland, so I know how tough it will be,” he said.

“It is a team event, so if we can get on the podium it will be a fantastic result.”

Thompson has a very good chance of winning the +30 race and with some very fast team mates they have an excellent chance for top three team.

It will be his debut at the Classic des Nations as he has just turned 30 making him eligible to compete.

The NI team of 14, ranging in age from 30 to over 70, will compete this Saturday, September 15.

All the bikes are vintage pre 1974; Thompson and Calderwood head the 30 and 50 age group teams

Calderwood was part of the 2016 winning team on home soil so there are looking for a good result in the Czech Republic.

Thompson and his team mates will all be mounted on the unique JAP bikes owned and maintained by Newtownards man Cecil Person.

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