The sun was out for the first Moto 400 event at Mondello Park this weekend and all competitors were eager to get on track after the April event at Kirkistown was cancelled due to bad weather. With a healthy grid of over 20 entries and a partially new surfaced Mondello International circuit ready, the scene was set for a great days racing. Race favourite was Darryl Tweed from Ballymoney, although he had not raced at Mondello if some years was fresh from a successful North West 200.
But in qualifying Saturday morning it was Mark Camblin who set the fastest lap on his Yamaha and took pole by just under a tenth of a second from Tweed. Several riders had mechanical issues and had to retire from the event early including other race favourites Callum Laidlaw and David Ging.
But in race one we didn't the battle we thought we would at the front when Camblin retired on lap one leaving Tweed to take a comprehensive win from Drogheda rider Jason Floody twenty seconds behind in second and Darryl Anderson taking an impressive third on his Mondello debut. Matthew Coss took the honors in the cup class on his Honda.
Race two was a similar affair up front with Tweed taking his M&D Kawasaki to another win with some super quick and consistant laps from Anderson in second this time and Camblin third after he was well back on the start grid after not posting a lap in race one. Cup honours this time went to Ciaran Loughman after Coss crashed out heavily fracturing his hand, we wish him a speed recovery.
There was however some great battles in the Seniors class with Mark Sheridan and Phil Harding pushing each other hard, however it was Sheridan who got the better of Harding in both races, and Ken Lenehan taking third.
Special mention also for Ruben Assandri who was best newcomer on his Cinghiale Racing Kawasaki.
We now look forward to the next round at Kirkistown on the 2nd on June.