Daredevil Arenacross bikers are stepping up a gear to bring the death-defying sport to Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena and we have family tickets to be won, writes Graham Walker.
Our first prize is a VIP family ticket - for two adults and two children - including biker meet and greets, pit walk and signed merchandise.
Two runners up win a family ticket each.
Arenacross, the indoor version of motocross, takes the spectacular elements of outdoor MX on to purpose-built indoor jump-infested dirt tracks.
VIDEO: Press the play button to watch this official preview video - featuring highlights from The O2 London 2013.
Promoters e22 Sports describe Arqenacross as a family-friendly killer mix of all-action indoor dirt bike racing and gravity defying Freestyle Motocross, set to a pumping soundtrack and laser show.
The three-hour, non-stop white-knuckle ride will make its Sheffield Motorpoint Arena debut, for the sixth stop on a seven-round 2014 Arenacross tour, on Saturday, February 15.
It travels from Belfast to London via stop overs in Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle and Sheffield.
The Star will be following the action and bringing you all the results, starting this weekend, so you can follow all the action and biker positions as the event closes in on Sheffield.
The throttle-twisting, adrenalin-charged indoor offspring of Motocross, Arenacross takes the most spectacular elements of outdoor MX, 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 death-defying 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 and Red Bull X-Fighters.
“The fans went mad for Arenacross this year,” says e22 Sports Managing Director Matt Bates, “and I was determined to take it to Sheffield which has such a rich tradition of indoor racing. It’s such a vibrant, exciting, colourful sport and Sheffield is the perfect city to showcase this incredible show. After the success of this winter’s all new Arenacross series it made sense to increase the tour to take in more cities and I’m really pleased to have added Sheffield as well as Newcastle and London’s infamous Wembley Arena for 2014”.
We’re aiming to hit 50,000 spectators over the winter in a showcase of indoor racing and Freestyle action and what better place to do it than the comfort of an arena.” The 2013 Arenacross tour was an amazing success, selling out venues across the country, turning on a new mainstream family audience to the joys of AX and showing established fans the true potential of the sport. And if you took in a show this year, prepare to have your mind blown all over again in 2014 as e22 Sports.
Freestyle Motocross legend Edgar Torronteras has confirmed he’ll be jumping at all seven rounds of the 2014 Arenacross tour as well as Bry MacKenzie, Kristian Whatley, Steven Clarke, Adam Chatfield, Elliott Banks-Browne, Tyler Villopoto, Angelo Pellegrini, Brad Anderson, Dylan Woodcock, Fabien Izoird, Graeme Irwin, Todd Kellett, Gregory Aranda & Jamie Law & Daniel McCoy.
Barnsley 11-year-old George Simpson will make his Small Wheel 85cc machine Arenacross debut at the Motorpoint.
“I’m very excited. It’s going to be an amazing experience,” he told The Star.
Guarantee your seats. Tickets are adults, from £19 to £39, children £10 to £29; family tickets (two adults and two children), £49 to £89 - booking fees may apply.
For more details and tickets - family tickets cannot be booked on line - visit www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk, call 0114 256 5656 or buy in person at the Arena box office.
Also see The Star’s entertainments listings site, for this and thousands of other things to do, at www.wow247.co.uk.
And see the official web site at www.arenacrossuk.com.
For your chance to win one of our family ticket prizes - first prize also includes VIP visit - enter our free draw by text, post or Twitter.
Text STA (SPACE) followed by RED1(SPACE), then your name, house number and postcode, and send to 61500. Texts cost £1 plus your usual network rate.
Post your details to Arenacross Competition, StarCompAC, Graham Walker, The Star, York Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 1PU.
Or follow Digital Editor Graham Walker on Twitter @GW1962 and tweet him with #StarCompAC.
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