VIDEO: Gravity-defying Arenacross flies into Sheffield

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Gravity defying acrobatic bikers and their fans are getting all revved up for the spectacular Garmin Arenacross Tour at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena on Saturday (Feb 15, 2014), writes Graham Walker.

The all-action indoor dirt bike racing and Freestyle Motocross sport has got a 2014 makeover - it will be set to a pumping soundtrack, lights and laser show.

Arenacross flies in at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena, Saturday, February 15, 2014. Photo: Nuno Laranjeira

Arenacross flies in at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena, Saturday, February 15, 2014. Photo: Nuno Laranjeira

And it’s not just for die hard motorbike fans.

With a unique mix of live entertainment, music, lasers and flames, promoters e22 describe it as a thrilling experience for the whole family.

VIDEO: Press the play button to watch highlights from the 2014 UK tour.

The three-hour, non-stop white-knuckle ride makes its Sheffield debut on the sixth stop of a seven-round tour.

Arenacross flies in to Sheffield Motorpoint Arena, Saturday, February 15, 2014. Photo: Nuno Laranjeira

Arenacross flies in to Sheffield Motorpoint Arena, Saturday, February 15, 2014. Photo: Nuno Laranjeira

Arenacross, the indoor version of motocross, takes the spectacular elements of outdoor MX on to purpose-built indoor jump-infested dirt tracks.

The racing is short, sharp and jaw-dropping, with huge triple jumps, murderous mogul sections and fast, banked corners all designed to provide a high-octane sensory feast.

Freestyle Motocross takes the competition 40 feet above the track with riders hitting purpose-built ramps and attempting to out-do each other as they whip and back-flip, in a display of aerial gymnastics.

Freestyle Motocross legend Edgar Torronteras has confirmed he’ll be jumping as well as Bry MacKenzie and more. Barnsley 11-year-old George Simpson will make his Small Wheel 85cc machine Arenacross debut and said: “I’m very excited. It’s going to be an amazing experience.”

Arenacross arrives at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena, Saturday, February 15, 2014. Photo: Nuno Laranjeira

Arenacross arrives at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena, Saturday, February 15, 2014. Photo: Nuno Laranjeira

Says e22 Sports Managing Director Matt Bates: “It’s such a vibrant, exciting, colourful sport and Sheffield is the perfect city to showcase this incredible show.”

Guarantee your seats. Tickets are adults, £19 to £39, children £10 to £29; family tickets, £49 to £89, two adults and two children. 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.

Arenacross flies in to Sheffield Motorpoint Arena, Saturday, February 15, 2014. Photo: Nuno Laranjeira

Arenacross flies in to Sheffield Motorpoint Arena, Saturday, February 15, 2014. Photo: Nuno Laranjeira

And see the official web site at www.arenacrossuk.com.