Sunday 9th February 2014
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Win a Yamaha Dirt Bike Experience!
Fans of the 2014 Garmin Arenacross Tour have the chance to get dirty thanks to a great competition laid on by series partner Yamaha UK!
Yamaha’s off-road educational programme is legendary and over the years the Yamaha Off-Road School and Yamaha Off-Road Experience have helped teach thousands of novice dirt bikers all the basic skills needed to take to the tracks and trails.
Led by former GP Motocross rider Barry Johnson, the Yamaha Off-Road School caters for riders from the age of 10 upwards. If you take a course with Barry you get a full day’s experience learning all aspects of Motocross and Enduro skills.
Read more about it here… www.yamaha-schools.co.uk
The Yamaha Off-Road Experience is run by ex-British Enduro Champion Geraint Jones in the beautiful countryside around Llanidloes in Mid Wales and provides an unforgettable day out for new and experienced dirt bike riders.
Read more about it here… www.yamaha-offroad-experience.co.uk
To be in with a chance of winning a day to remember with Yamaha UK all you need to do is answer this one simple question.
What’s the name of the Yamaha-riding Spanish Freestyle Motocross legend who’s headlining the FMX shows in the 2014 Garmin Arenacross Tour?
A) Edgar Torronteras
B) Juan Whitby
C) Xavier Squibb
Think you know? Okay, email the words ‘Metro Radio Arena’ along with your answer, name and age to [email protected] – the first correct answer drawn after the closing date of March 2 will win a Yamaha Experience.
Following a sold out tour in 2013 Arenacross is back!
With its killer mix of all-action indoor dirt bike racing and gravity-defying Freestyle Motocross – set to a pumping soundtrack and laser show - Arenacross is a non-stop, three-hour white-knuckle ride!
North East hero Brad Anderson and rising star Buster Hart call for strong home support at round 5 of the 2014 Garmin Arenacross Tour at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena on Sunday 9th February...
Previously at Odyssey Arena:
Arenacross takes the most spectacular elements of outdoor Motocross racing, boils them down into a concentrated cocktail and then shoehorns them into arenas onto purpose-built dirt tracks. Racing is short, sharp and shockingly spectacular with huge triple jumps, murderous mogul sections and fast, banked corners all designed to provide a high-octane sensory feast.
With Freestyle Motocross the competition takes place 40 feet above the track with riders hitting purpose-built ramps and then attempting to out-do each other as they whip and back-flip 100kg motorcycles in a jaw-dropping display of aerial gymnastics. Once considered MX mavericks, freestylers are now highly-paid sporting stars who compete in year-round world tour events such as the X Games.
Italian Supercross star Angelo Pellegrini will race the 2014 Arenacross tour after signing a deal with Buildbase Honda team boss Dave Thorpe.
The 26-year-old, who at the weekend recorded two second place finishes behind Zach Osborne at the Milan SX, has raced GPs and made AMA SX Main Events and is a two-time Italian indoor national champion.
“I am looking forward to coming to the UK and racing your best riders,” says Angelo. “I am feeling in good form and confident that I can do well. There will be some very fast riders but I am also very fast.”
It’s a signing that brings an added depth to DT’s already powerful team of riders that includes reigning champion Adam Chatfield and crowd favourite Brad Anderson.
“Angelo is a very accomplished indoor rider,” says Dave. “He’s fast and consistent which over a seven-round series are both vital qualities. There are lots of riders who can threaten for a race but a rider who can run up at the front week-in, week-out is much rarer.
“I’m delighted to add a rider of Angelo’s calibre to my team. Arenacross is a major series and after winning it last year with Adam I want to retain the Pro title and I see Angelo as an important part of the puzzle.”
He’s never been a rider to suffer from a lack of confidence and Dylan Woodcock, who swept the SW85cc class in the 2013 Arenacross series, is aiming for the top when he makes his indoor Big-Wheel debut in the New Year.
The 13-year-old from Essex is already gelling with his new machine and with the support of his Monster Energy Kawasaki UK team fancies his chances when the series reaches Newcastle in February.
“I’m feeling really good about moving up to the BW85s for Arenacross and I hope to have a top three finish but I’m definitely going to be aiming for the win every time I ride,” says Dylan. “I’m feeling confident.”
Dylan will race the Mino Os at Gatorback Cycle Park, Florida, at the end of the month as he continues his pre-Arenacross prep.
“I’ve done a few meetings on the new bike and every time I ride it’s just getting better and better. It’s easier to turn and more stable down the straights – it’s just an all-round better bike for me really.”
Fan favourite Brad Anderson will be showcasing his Arenacross skills in the New Year as part of Dave Thorpe’s Buildbase Honda team and the 32-year-old is ready to give it his best shot.
Ando, a four-time national champion and two-time MXdN team member, is almost fully recovered from a hand injury and looking forward to getting his testing programme under way.
“Dave wants me to go down and test in a couple of weeks time,” says Brad. “He’s got a couple of tracks which will help me prepare for Arenacross and I’m really looking forward to getting into it and getting some riding done again.”
Famed for his raw aggression and forceful riding style, the North Easterner knows that while he may not have the super-smooth skills AX racing generally calls for he can still be brutally effective indoors.
“I’m real excited about Arenacross. I’ve done a couple of indoor rounds before – I won one of them and got second in the other – so I know I can win. I’m not the sort of person who thinks of himself as an Arenacross rider but I know that once the gate drops I see the red mist. Indoors or out I’m a racer and I want to win and if I see an opportunity to make a pass then I’ll take it.
“It will be a lot to do with getting the starts, trying to hold your lines and being as smooth as you can. I’m not the smoothest of riders but I know I’m in with a chance.”
Brad will have home advantage for round five of the series on February 9 at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle and he plans to use this to full effect.
“I’m from round here,” he adds, “and Bikesport Newcastle have sponsored me nearly all my life so it’s going to be big for us both to be at the Metro Radio Arena. I’m hoping I’ll get lots of local fans here to get behind me and hopefully I’ll do them proud.”
Wild-riding Irishman Graeme Irwin is gearing up for a full-on assault on the 2014 Arenacross championship and judging by the form he signed off the 2013 outdoor season in he has to be considered a genuine contender.
Towards the end of a hit and miss outdoor campaign the 21-year-old from Carrickfergus switched up from a 250cc to a 450cc Heads & All Threads Suzuki and immediately posted a string of impressive results. And he’ll be campaigning the big-bore bike indoors in the New Year.
“I reckon the 450 is definitely the right tool for the job,” says Graeme. “Get a good start and stay out of trouble is my gameplan. It also means I won’t need to carry as much corner speed to clear the jumps which is vital if you get held up by a slower rider.”
Graeme made his Arenacross debut in 2013 and showed flashes of brilliance but his inexperience and lack of preparation time restricted him to 10th over the four rounds.
“Yeah, it was my first time riding AX but I’ve learned a lot from it. It also wasn't easy turning up with a new bike without doing any testing before the series. This time around it’s going to be different and I'm going to go and give 100 per cent - I think I'm in with as good a shot as anybody.”
“I love the Arenacross series – the tracks, the atmosphere and the racing. It’s exactly what the UK needs and the championship can’t start soon enough for me.”
Hot on the heels of agreeing terms with star Fabien Izoird, Steve James has signed Gregory Aranda to his LPE Kawasaki Racing team for the 2014 Arenacross tour.
A highly-skilled indoor rider, 24-year-old Aranda is another former European SX champ who’s also won a Main Event at Bercy and with his French pairing Steve’s backed up last week’s promise that he’s deadly serious about winning the Arenacross title.
“I am very pleased to announce Greg Aranda as my second rider for the 2014 Arenacross series,” says Steve. “Greg is a very exciting rider and very good at SX with a blistering turn of speed as he proved again this year at Bercy. The big plus is that Greg is already on a Kawasaki and has his own suspension and set-up already dialled in.
“I am very happy to have secured his services to partner up with the equally talented Frenchman Fabien Izoird - they are the two riders I wanted to put together from the start as I think they make a very strong team. With these two guys on board we have a really good chance at challenging for the Arenacross title.”
Cumbrian crowd-pleaser Jamie Law is lining up for his Arenacross debut in just over a month’s time and the 27-year-old Dyer & Butler KTM pilot is aiming to carry the momentum he built up outside in 2013 indoors in the New Year.
“I've had a good season and now I've had time to recharge I can't wait for the indoors to get going,” says Jamie. “Anyone on that line can win, you just need to keep it together for 20 laps.”
The real McCoy!
The Aussie ace who’s spent a decade on top Down Under…
Boasting over a decade of running at the front of the super-competitive Australian Supercross series, Daniel McCoy joins Kristian Whatley on the MBO Sport ASA Scaffolding Yamaha team for the 2014 Arenacross tour.
Tickets are available now online, from the booking hotline number 0844 493 6666 and in person from the Metro Radio Arena Box Office