Arenacross Preview: Birmingham – Brian Hsu & Charles Lefrancois look t

Following a weekend off, the UK Arenacross Tour fires back into action on Friday and Saturday nights with rounds three and four at Resorts World, Birmingham.
The Pro 450 class is currently headed by Charles Lefrancois (SR75 HRS Suzuki) who holds a 16-point lead over former champion Fabien Izoird (Shocktech Kawasaki) with three-time champion Thomas Ramette (Offset CBD Yamaha) another four points adrift in third.
With its short lap times and tight and technical tracks, Arenacross is notoriously intense and the top three could easily change in Birmingham with Australia’s Dan Reardon (Fro Systems Yamaha) and former European SX champ Angelo Pellegrini (RFX Honda) from Italy both looking to get in on the podium action.
Germany’s Brian Hsu (Fro Systems Yamaha) proved to be a class act in the Pro Lites class in Belfast and currently holds a commanding 20-point lead over defending champion Cedric Soubeyras (ASA United Husqvarna) who in turn is just one point clear of third-placed Julien Lebeau (Wooldridge Honda).
It’s a stacked class with series newcomer Nico Dercourt (SR75 HRS Suzuki) and Adam Chatfield (RFX Honda) – the first-ever AX champion back in 2013 – currently locked together in fourth.
Unfortunately, American Brock Papi (Team Green Kawasaki) and Irish rider Jordan Keogh (E-TEC Apico CCM Racing Husqvarna) will both sit out Birmingham but they will be replaced by the British duo of Gradie Featherstone and Scooter Webster.
On top of the Pro, Rookies, Supermini and 65cc Cup races, the Pro Am action kicks off in Birmingham with a talented line-up that includes Ben Burridge, Brad Wheeler and Oli Benton along with fast females Catherine King and Chelsea Gowland.
As always, the racing is interspersed with world-class FMX action from top-flight riders including Petr Pilat, Edgar Torronteras and the Bolddog Lings Honda trio of Dan Whitby, Samson Eaton and Arron Powley.
For more information and to buy tickets go to www.arenacrossuk.com
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