Ballyclare's Martin Barr will make his debut with new British MX2 team VMX KTM at the opening round of the 2013 Arenacross series on Saturday night at the iconic O2 Arena in London.
Barr had been left without a ride following TAS Racing’s late withdrawal from all motocross competition in October last year, leaving the 25-year-old to start the ‘door knocking’ process all over again.
Barr was hit by a number of set-backs in November and December that actually forced him into thinking ‘was it all worthwhile’, but thanks to an eleventh hour phonecall to local businessman Graeme Vigors — he has landed himself what looks to be a competitive MX2 ride on KTM machinery.
Jumping straight into the Arenacross series with little or no bike preparation is not ideal, but the excitement and enthusiasm at finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel is enough of an incentive for Barr to give a good account of himself.
“I have only ridden a bike two or three times since the final British round last year,” explained Barr.
“But physically and mentally I’m prepared and looking forward to it — even though I’ll only be picking the new bike up on Friday before the race.”
Barr will make the move back to MX2 where many experts believe that he can give his fellow Ulsterman Graeme Irwin a real run for his money in the British and Red Bull Pro National Series later this year.
His first appearance on Northern Ireland soil will be at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on Saturday week, January 19, where he will look to replicate his victory from 2011.
Tickets for the Belfast event can be purchased from the Odyssey box office at www.|odysseyarena.com.