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Reijnen excited about MX prospect in Jamaica

Published:Monday | June 10, 2019 | 12:27 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer
Chris Haddad leads Kyle Reynolds and Johnny Reijnen (right) during the second round of MX Jamaica’s 2019 Motocross Series at DaCosta Farms on Saturday, April 13.
Chris Haddad leads Kyle Reynolds and Johnny Reijnen (right) during the second round of MX Jamaica’s 2019 Motocross Series at DaCosta Farms on Saturday, April 13.

Johannes Reijnen, one of the top motocross (MX) riders in Jamaica, said the sport has been growing steadily over the years and competition among the riders is very intense.

The Dutchman was among over 20 participants who competed in the third race meet of the season at Temple Hall in St Andrew yesterday.

Reijnen, who is nicknamed ‘The Flying Dutchman’ by his peers, told The Gleaner yesterday that there are a lot of talented riders in Jamaica who have the potential to make it on the international stage.

“The motocross series here in Jamaica is really exciting at the moment, as we saw today (Sunday),” Reijnen said. “The A Class race was really close with the whole pack, and the Open class was also the same thing.”

He added that the racing course at Temple Hall is excellent for competition and that it was a wonderful feeling for him to be able to compete there.

“For me to be able to ride here is very special because I am from the Netherlands, and look where I am racing,” he said.

“This is a dream come true for me to ride in such a surrounding. There are so many new kids that have stepped up into the sport and have really shown a lot of talent, so I always tell them that the sky is the limit.

“I also tell them that not because you grow up in a small Caribbean island like Jamaica, it means that you can’t make it to the top of the world in the sport,” he said.