Cadders Hill ready for best of British

Cadders Hill, near Lyng in Norfolk, plays host to the third round of the Maxxis British Motocross Championship on Easter Sunday. The series, which runs over eight rounds, boasts some of the best competition outside of the FIM World Championship and is recognised as one of the finest in Europe.

Cadders Hill, near Lyng in Norfolk, plays host to the third round of the Maxxis British Motocross Championship on Easter Sunday.

The series, which runs over eight rounds, boasts some of the best competition outside of the FIM World Championship and is recognised as one of the finest in Europe.

A host of manufacturer teams and world class riders, headed by Mildenhall's Carl Nunn, the current British MX2 champion, will be competing for honours in both the MX1 and MX2 classes.

Motocross is a motorcycle race held on a carefully designed circuit with a combination of natural terrain and man made jumps. From hard-packed and solid mud to deep sand, the off-road demands and characteristics of each course differ from venue to venue.


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Jumps range from spectacular to challenging and the 'airtime' (along with the occasional showmanship on the part of the riders) is what gives the sport its thrilling aesthetic ingredient.

Fans can get closer to the bikes and the action than in any other form of motorsport - both by the track and inside the paddock - and also gives the discipline a special attraction, allowing a sharp appreciation of the extreme nature of the racing.

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The Norwich Vikings have been organising motorcycle events at the Cadders Hill venue since 1936. Originally it was used for hillclimbs, with a stint as a forces training area during the war, when club members held competitive events against the Army and Home Guard. Scrambles started there in 1949.

Current supremo, Dennis Slaughter from Norwich, started competing there in 1948, and has been involved in one capacity or another ever since.

The track is recognised as one of the toughest in the UK and is one of the rider's favourites. The awesome 60ft-plus blind drop off the side of the hill as the riders head back towards the finish provides one of the biggest jumps in world motocross.

The MX1 and MX2 classes are designed to cater for motorcycles of different capacity and configuration. MX1 consists of two-strokes from 175cc up to 290cc capacity and four-strokes from 251cc rising to 450cc. MX2 is slightly smaller with the two-strokes limited to 125cc and four-strokes engines to 250cc. Each class has two races - 'motos' - with 35 riders starting line abreast before the 30 minutes plus two laps race duration.

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