Arenacross entered its 3rd Round in Birmingham two weeks ago and we saw the best show so far! Delivering the closest Main Event and the legendary Pit Party it was a weekend to remember!
Local rider Chris Povey (MVR-D Husqvarna) and SuperMini racers Cory Aldridge and Charlie Keight joined the event looking to build the local crowd’s excitement for a weekend of high-voltage entertainment.
The morning qualification for Round 3 saw Frenchmen on top with Soubeyras (RFX St Blazey), Coulon (Suzuki) and Florent Richier (Keystone Honda), with Kawasaki’s Brunell highest placed Brit in 5th and Chatfield (Buildbase Honda) in 8th position.
The second night saw gravity defying FMX display and heart stopping racing with Cyrille Coulon who ruled the race despite starting behind Richier (Honda) but finished first! The final saw Keystone Honda’s Richier rank second and Kawasaki’s Brunell third. It was an amazing night for Yamaha too with Yannis Irsuti completing two perfect races and extended his championship lead.
In the youth groups, both Ben Clayton in the Superminis and Ashton Boughen in the Youth 65s maintained their winning ways and took maximum points and the championship lead in their respective classes.
Now we fast-forward to a few days ago when our favourite racers delivered once again on all expectations in Belfast!
Contesting the 2017 AX series has been something of a sharp learning curve for the Irish racer Jason Meara . He had never competed indoors before he turned up for the opening round of the series at Manchester on the 7th of January. He simply showed up, signed on and rode his bike as if he was riding in his more customary outdoor championships. RFX St Blazey soon realized his potential and quickly filled a gap in the line up for the Pro Lites by signing him up.
Belfast first round saw Buildbase Honda’s Adam Chatfield came out victorious in the Pro Class. Our racer (Adam’s suspension for may years has been a custom MXW Racing suspension) didn’t let the pressure get the better of him even when RFX’s Soubeyras and Ramette with Suzuki tried to knock him out of the way.
Unfortunately Chatfield’s victory didn’t’ last long as he later ended up finishing 12th with Soubeyras topping the leader board, followed by Brunell (Kawasaki) and Ramette (Suzuki). Keystone Honda’s Clayton topped the Pro Lite category after a tensed race.
The Freestyle MX pulled all the stops with Edgar Torronteras delivering an AX-first no-handed whip and Arran Powley demonstrated all of his best tricks and turns.
The excitement continues in Sheffield in less than two weeks (11th of February) as the penultimate round of Arenacross UK will kick off promising to deliver even more intense racing and breath-taking flying freestyle!