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UK Arenacross line up revealed

A line up of pro riders from 12 countries, including two former British motocross champions, will line up as the 2018 UK Arenacross Tour kicks off on Saturday January 6 at the Manchester Arena. Former British MX1 champ Evgeny Bobryshev and double MX2 champ Elliott Banks-Browne will line up alongside current British two-stroke champ and former EMX300 champ Mike Kras. Former MXGP hotshots will be mixing it with championship-winning supercross specialists.

The French Suzuki specialists like defending champ Ramette will be out to retain the upper hand
The French Suzuki specialists like defending champ Thomas Ramette will be out to retain the upper hand

With three all-British Pro teams chomping at the bit, there’ll be plenty for a partisan home crowd to cheer when the AX start gate drops on Saturday evening. Team Green Holeshot Kawasaki will field Adam Chatfield and Jack Brunell, the highest-placed UK riders from the 2017 Tour; Matt Bayliss – 10th last year – returns with his own Wooldridge Demolition team with AX newbie Jake Millward joining him in the Pros, and brother Chris in the Pro Lites; and heading up his own Geartech Husqvarna outfit will be that former British MX champ, Elliott Banks-Browne alongside young team-mate Luke Norris.

These guys will all be eager to stem the French invasion, but that won’t be an easy task as three-time Arenacross Pro Champ Thomas Ramette has been on form throughout 2017 and has the advantage of running with the same Suzuki machinery, SR75 team set-up and team-mate that take took him to those three title wins. Also Suzuki-mounted, and with a tremendous year under his belt, Cedric Soubeyras makes his way to Manchester as the reigning French Supercross champ – he has scores to settle and will be mega-hungry for the Pro class crown – with Welshman Ashley Greedy joining him in the Fro Systems camp, anything could happen. MVR-D’s Adrien Escoffier can’t be discounted and must be viewed as a real title contender – he won three Main Events and finished fifth overall last year – and he has the support of an inspirational British team.

Thrills and spills are a guarantee
Thrills and spills are a guarantee

The 2018 AX podium is set to be groaning with the weight of talent as, when you get the calibre of MXGP race-winning class acts such as Bobryshev and 2017 AX runner-up Angelo Pellegrini competing together under the RFX Suzuki umbrella, you can be confident they’ll be right up front. Bobryshev, who will ride for the Neil Prince-managed team all year, is said to have turned down a last-minute offer to ride for HRC Honda in MXGPs to race in the UK this year.

Other riders battling to prove their speed will be Aussie supercross-ace Dan Reardon and American Collin Jurin, who showed just what he’s capable of at the 2017 final at Wembley last year when he took the MotoHead Husky to third place, and is sure to be fired up.

The action and emotion form riders and fans is electric in Arenacross
The action and emotion form riders and fans is electric in Arenacross

The other categories, namely, Pro Lites for riders aged 15-to-23-years, SuperMinis for 10-to-15-years and Youth 65cc 7-to-10-years will all enjoy packed grids when the action gets underway at Manchester. They may be younger, but with a fearless never-say-never attitude they’ll be ready to kick dirt.

The FMX line-up includes the very-best athletes from around the world all eager to pull out the biggest and baddest tricks out of the bag. Banana-faced X-Games medallist Edgar Torronteras is ready to do what he does best – show off; Czech giant Petr Pilat and award-winning German Luc Ackerman are preparing for back-flipping battles; Aussie Ryan Brown is gearing up to impress the UK crowds; and the Brit pack of Nez Parker, Dan Whitby, Arran Powley and Samson Eaton are all determined to rule the ramps.

AX doors open at 6pm on Saturday, and the word is that the opening round of the 2018 Power Maxed Arenacross Tour at Manchester is anticipated to be a capacity affair. Tickets are available via the Manchester Arena on 0844 847 8000 or website www.manchester-arena.com. Further event information is available via www.arenacrossuk.com

No Name Team Country
1 Thomas Ramette SR75 World Team Suzuki FRA
7 Cyrille Coulon SR75 World Team Suzuki FRA
2 Angelo Pellegrini RFX Suzuki ITA
777 Evgeny Bobryshev RFX Suzuki RUS
3 Cedric Soubeyras Team FRO Systems FRA
33 Ashley Greedy Team FRO Systems GBR
4 Adam Chatfield Team Green Holeshot Kawasaki GBR
6 Jack Brunell Team Green Holeshot Kawasaki GBR
5 Adrien Escoffier MVR-D St Blazey Husqvarna FRA
14 Nique Thury MVR-D St Blazey Husqvarna GER
114 Jordan Booker MVRD Husqvarna GBR
259 Julien Lebeau I-Fly JK Yamaha Racing FRA
122 Dan Reardon I-Fly JK Yamaha Racing AUS
10 Matt Bayliss Wooldridge Demolition Honda GBR
303 Jake Millward Wooldridge Demolition Honda GBR
44 Elliott Banks-Browne Geartech Husqvarna GBR
173 Luke Norris Geartech Husqvarna GBR
55 Mike Kras GL12 KTM BEL
200 James Dunn GL12 KTM GBR
225 Charles Le Francois Buildbase Honda FRA
871 Fabien Izoird Buildbase Honda FRA
8 Hugo Basaula Shocktech Kawasaki POR
476 Collin Jurin Shocktech Kawasaki USA

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