Thrilling racing, breathtaking stunts and plenty of dirt – welcome to the action-packed world of Arenacross.
The show zoomed back into Birmingham’s Genting Arena on Saturday, as the 8,000-strong crowd buckled up and prepared for the ride.
A venue which is perhaps more associated with boybands took on a more rugged appearance for the evening, with 150 truck-loads of dirt transforming it into a motorcross racer’s dream.
From pro-racers fighting it out to be first to the finish line one minute and freestylers flying through the air the next it was plenty of fun for the watching fans – but serious stuff for the pro-riders. The competition was fierce to score a win in Birmingham which was hosting round four of the eight-race season. A total of 24 riders started the night, with the fastest 12 taking part in the final race.
The main event was won by Brit Adam Chatfield, who took first place by less than a tenth of a second.
But there was disappointment for Stourbridge star Steven Clark. The European champion missed out on the Birmingham event after suffering an injury on the previous leg of the tour in Belfast. There was still some local interest however, with step-brothers Charlie Keight and Cory Aldridge, aged nine and 10, from Bromsgrove, finishing 11th and 14th in the youth event.
Organiser Matt Bates said: “It is an amazing action-packed family event.
We try to create an event that interacts with the audience and we think we do that.”
After the racers had departed, in came the freestylers, providing plenty of flicks, tricks and jaw-dropping jumps. Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Dan Whitby also took on the world’s first freestyle jump in the dark on a bike lit up by LED lights.