28 Gozitan and Maltese riders compete in first SaturdayNight MX
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The first edition of SaturdayNight MX took place yesterday at the Ta Xhajma Motocross Track, organised by the Gozo Motocross Association, with the support of the Ministry of Gozo,
No less than 28 Gozitan and Maltese riders took part in the evening competitions, with a series of three heats of several laps in Classes A, B and C.The 2-stroke and 4-stroke dirt bikes hit the artificially lit track for a night of exciting racing, ensuring that the large crowd were kept entertained, with the friendly, yet combative competitions..
The Association said that it was honoured by the presence their Maltese counterparts and thanked them “for their eager participation.”There were eight riders in Class C. The young Gozitan rider Matthew Spiteri obtained full points as he took the lead in all of the three heats. He was closely followed by Michel Sant, a Maltese youngster who debuted at the Gozo track during this event. In third place, Marvin Sultana showed great determination as he raced along Ismael Briffa.
The GMA said that unfortunately Matthew Buttigieg’s bike broke down at his very first attempt, while Raymond Caruana and Steve Cassar both finished the three heats, all the while challenged by Emma Xuereb on a Kawasaki KX65cc, who is the only female rider of the Association.
In Class B, Roderick Cauchi and Nataniel Camilleri had a seven point variance as they challenged each other for first place.
Ultimately, Cauchi showed the upper hand and Camilleri followed in second place. Both Godfrey Bigeni and Daniel Caruana missed a heat, while Peter Sammut, Matthew Zammit, Joseph Luke Gauci, Jorn Stellini, Brandon Slowe and William Sant fought for third position. Zammit came in third.Maltese brothers Kyle Camilleri and Clayton Camilleri held on to first and second place respectively in Class A, followed by twice Gozitan Champion Etienne Bigeni.
Stefan Dimech, Robert Spiteri, David Dimech, Joseph Bigeni and Brandon Slowe showed great stamina while Steve Xuereb and current Gozitan Champion Mario Cauchi were forced to retreat due to slight injuries.
The results are as follows
1st place – Kyle Camilleri
2nd place – Clayton Camilleri
3rd place – Etienne Bigeni
1st place – Roderick Cauchi
2nd place – Nataniel Camilleri
3rd place – Matthew Zammit
1st place – Matthew Spiteri
2nd place – Michael Sant
3rd place – Marvin SultanaPresent for the event was the Minister for Gozo Dr Justyne Caruana, who, at the end of the competition presented the winning trophies.
The Gozo Motocross Association thanked the Ministry for Gozo for its support, “without which the event would not have been possible.”
The GMA announced that the first round of the Yamaha Gozo Motocross Championship 2017-18 will take place on the 15th of October 2017.
New riders are always welcome. For more information please visit the Gozo Motocross Association facebook page.
Photographs by Alain Salvary