Saturday Night MX provides an exciting night of competitions in Gozo
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Saturday Night MX took place at the Gozo Horse Racing Course at the weekend, organised by the Gozo Motocross Association.
The second edition of this successful event was part of the EWoS and the #BeActive initiative by Sport Malta.
President of the GMA, Mr Frank Xuereb took the initiative to organise motor sport competitions on the huge area inside the Gozo Horse Racing track. He designed one track for flat motocross and enduro racing and another for the autocross competitions.
The GMA said that autocross drivers lack the space to organise auto competition, therefore it was the perfect opportunity to include an autocross course in this enormous space.
The enthusiasts were welcomed by the GMA, who promised to help them organise more of the same type of competitions.
Maltese Trial riders also had their own space, putting on an excellent show with their bikes, impressing the spectators with their ability to climb objects while balancing their bikes.This show included 16-year old Isaac Scicluna, together with 3 children under the age of ten: Julian and Matteo Scicluna and female rider Kenzy Bonello.
The competitions started off with 35 Gozitan and Maltese riders competing in 4 categories of three heats each, of a number of laps, with the roaring sounds of the 2-stroke and 4-stroke dirt and road bikes on the track.
The GMA said that a large crowd enjoyed the friendly, yet combative competitions as riders raced around the artificially lit track.
The Association said that was honoured by the presence their Maltese counterparts and thanked them for their keen participation The Enduro class was won by Bernard Sammut followed by Matthew Gauci and John Attard respectively.
In Class A, rider James Zahra did very well. Etienne Bigeni came in second, with Stefan Dimech in third place.
Matthew Buttigieg won Class B, followed by Nataniel Camilleri and Matthew Spiteri in third place.
Class C had both male and female competitors. Nicole Cutajar, Emma Xuereb and Naomi Scicluna did very well in all of the three heats.
Scicluna managed to get into second place, while their counterparts….and /….came in second and third place respectively.The autocross was won by Frank Cefai in his Escort, followed by Matthew Saliba also in an Escort M1. J J Rapa came in third.
At the end of the competition, Minister for Gozo Dr Justyne Caruana, presented all competitors with a memento and also the winning trophies.
The Gozo Motocross Association thanked everyone for their support, without which, the event would not have been possible including Sport Malta and #BeActive Campaign, the Ministry for Gozo and the Gozo Sports Board, committee members, marshals and helpers.
The President of the GMA stated that in the near future, the Association is hoping to send its member riders abroad again for more motocross experiences.
He also welcomed any experienced foreign riders to share their skills and knowledge with the Association.
The GMA also announced that the first round of the Yamaha Gozo Motocross Championship 2018-19 will take place in October 2018. New riders are always welcome.
For more information and to keep up to date with events, please see the GMA facebook page.
Photographs by Alain Salvary