Arenacross series coming right up… And we’ve got a treat for you!
Now just weeks away from firing into life, the 2014 Arenacross championship is shaping up to be an absolute epic with a fully international line-up that’s set to rock yer socks over seven scorching rounds! Kicking off in Belfast on January 17/18 the series travels to Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle and Sheffield before reaching a shuddering climax in London’s Wembley Arena on March 1. With a heady mix of pro and youth race action punctuated by high flying demos from the global FMX elite, each and every round is gonna be something special to remember so make sure you’re there!
Heading the pro line-up is reigning champion Adam Chatfield who recently also wrapped up the Brazilian MX1 title. With a few solid seasons of AMA supercross under his belt – as well as plenty of wins indoors right here in the UK – Adam has to start as one of the favourites to take the #1 plate once more but he shouldn’t have it too easy. Another home-grown hero with AMA experience is Steven Clarke and although he missed the entire 2013 tour with a shoulder injury should be in the title hunt this time around.
A third Brit with solid SX experience – of a European nature – is Jack Brunell who joins Oakleaf Kawasaki for this year’s tour. Brunell finished third in last season’s championship after having a final round meltdown while in the hunt for the championship win. Jack knows what it takes to win and after disappointment in 2013 will be hoping to pull it all together and be a more consistent challenger.
UK based South African Neville Bradshaw has years of experience ripping up British indoor circuits and snatched second in last year’s championship after putting in a very solid run at the title. Mounted on a 250F Nev sometimes struggles to launch from the line and is well known for his strong rides through the pack.
British champions Elliott Banks-Browne and Kristian Whatley wade into the battle for 2014. Although lightning quick outdoors their indoor prowess is a little bit of an unknown although only a fool would count them out as contenders if they arrive in Belfast motivated to win. Another couple of indoor unknowns are Brad Anderson and Bryan McKenzie – both have the talent to shine but will they?
Now you’ve all heard of a guy called Ryan Villopoto but what about his kid brother Tyler? Well, whether you’ve heard of him or not Tyler’s in for Arenacross and will be lining up for Oakleaf Kawasaki. The 23-year-old hasn’t quite had the same success as his older brother but he’s still a serious contender. As well as perennially terrorising the Canuck’s on home soil in the Canadian Motocross Nationals (eh?) Tyler scored a solid second in Bercy’s 250F class back on opening night in 2012 before crashing out of the competition on day two. There’s no denying Tyler’s got skills but how he’ll get on with the tight and sticky UK indoor circuits is yet to be seen.
Of course, if you wanna find out first hand you’re gonna have to get yourself some tickets (why not treat a loved one n’all?) by logging on to www.arenacrossuk.com. Seats start at £10 for kids and £19 for adults, while a Family Ticket (that’s two kids n’ two grown ups) is available from £49.99 – that’s a bargain if ever there was one.
There’s one thing more bargainous than cheap tickets though and that’s FREE tickets! And FREE tickets is something we’ve got for you! Basically the good guys at e22 Sports have given us a pair of VIP tickets and a Family Ticket to give away for each and every round. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning it is click on the links below…