Cross takes rookie title
Glenroy Sinclair, Assignment Coordinator
Like a dark horse winning at long odds, motorcycle rider Greg 'Tallman' Cross stunned the circuit-racing fraternity with an excellent season to walk away with the 'Rookie of the Year' title at the Dover Raceway, St Ann.
"It was not an easy task winning the championship. It calls for nerves and mental stability," said a smiling Cross, who made his Dover Raceway debut in April this year.
His BOSCH-sponsored Suzuki GSXR is now one of the more popular motorcycles at the track.
Prior to his Dover entry, Cross was involved in drag racing for more than two decades. He said he was influenced to the sport by Inspector Paul Gammon, formerly of the Police Traffic Department.
"It was people like Inspector Gammon and I watched while growing up before falling in love with motor bikes," said Cross, who said his ambition is to dethrone Adrian Blake for the major title next year.
A mechanic by profession, the 35-year-old businessman grew up in Jones Town, Kingston 12, and attended Tarrant Primary and Secondary schools. He then moved on to Prospect College, St Mary.
Dream come true
For him, winning the championship and being crowned Rookie of the the Year was like a dream come true.
"Thanks to people like Hilary Jardine who have been doing a lot to keeping to motorcycle racing a life in Jamaica," said Cross.
According to Jardine, Cross has improved so much his performance could be compared to any seasoned campaigner.
"He stood out among the crop of riders ... he's always there," commented Jardine.In the meantime, Jamaica's contingent preparing for the final leg of the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) in Guyana, is schedule to leave the island on November 4. David Summerbell and Peter are leading in the respective classes for the drivers titles.