More than 200 riders took to the track for the first round of 2019 Northland motocross championships at the Dargaville MX & ATV club track on Sunday.

Now into it's fifth year, the competition has quickly morphed from a small collection of local riders into a full blown series with classes ranging from mini novice to MX open with all riders of any age catered for.

Alain van Harlingen pushes hard to catch the pack in the MX support class. Photo / Supplied
Alain van Harlingen pushes hard to catch the pack in the MX support class. Photo / Supplied

The series is raced over events at each of the four Northland clubs: Whangārei MCC, Maungaturoto MCC, Dargaville MCC and Rodney MCC.

Each club has its own style of track, with Dargaville's sand-based track, Whangārei and Maungaturoto's clay tracks and Rodney's natural terrain paddock track.

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The series was based on the same formula as the national competitions with points accumulated over the four rounds and a prizegiving held after the final round.

Stacked gates in the veterans class. Photo / Supplied
Stacked gates in the veterans class. Photo / Supplied

Series coordinator Matt Gunson said the fun-filled prizegiving would cap off a great motocross competition made possible by dedicated people.

"All the clubs are run by volunteers who put in a lot of time and effort to try to make the series as efficient and well run as possible."

Jack Laird (134) makes a pass on Caden Gunson (119) in the eight to 11-year-old 85cc class. Photo / Supplied
Jack Laird (134) makes a pass on Caden Gunson (119) in the eight to 11-year-old 85cc class. Photo / Supplied

The series continues with round two in Maungaturoto on March 3. Round three
will be in Whangārei on March 17 and round four in Rodney on March 31

For further information, refer to the competition's Facebook page, Penrite Northland Motocross Champs.