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Moto stars ready to rock the Odyssey

By Paul Lindsay

The high-octane 2015 Arenacross Tour, presented by Monster Energy, kicks into life this coming weekend in Manchester with the opener in the eight round championship. But Belfast fans need not fret…

The hugely popular indoor motocross series will light up seven major cities in the coming weeks, with Belfast's Odyssey Arena hostinga double-header on January 16 and 17, as the organiser Matt Bates explained.

"I'm overwhelmed with the interest the tour is creating from both a spectator and competitor side," said Bates, who first brought indoor motocross to the Titanic venue over a decade ago as Supercross.

We've had the Crockard years in Belfast, and very memorable they were, but the sole Northern Ireland rider in this year's series is 24-year-old Londonderry lad Edward Allingham - no stranger to the cut and thrust of indoor racing and a former British Youth Motocross champion.

"I raced the Odyssey last year and as the sole representative from Northern Ireland in this year's series, I'll be looking for some podium action to give the local fans something to shout about," he said.

If you haven't been before, the Arenacross package is all about lights, lasers, fireworks, lots of bar-bashing action from the youth and pro classes; music, crashes, pure grit and most importantly… passion.

Three thousand tonnes of earth will transform the Odyssey into a dirt paradise, with an eye wateringly huge freestyle ramp bang in the middle.

The racing will see a line-up of pro racers from Great Britain and Northern Ireland, France, Italy, Australia, South Africa, Finland, the USA and more.

The Freestyle part of the evening or 'FMX' will be headlined by the Edgar Torronteras, X-Games Gold medallist and star of Arenacross 2014. He has performed at more shows globally than many of his contemporaries.

He is a biking legend who defies gravity, throwing the biggest whips, tricks and flips on his motorcycle at an astonishing 45ft in the air across a mind-blowing 75ft gap. An original show man and master of entertainment, he has something super special to wow the crowds with.

Rebranded and re-packaged as Arenacross in 2013, the series has gone from strength to strength, and promoter Bates believes 2015 will be even bigger than before. "I'm convinced the hard work that's gone in to making sure we have a world class start list of riders will set the scene for a battle right to the final round in London," he said.

After Manchester and the Belfast double-header, it's on to the LG Arena Birmingham (January 24); Newcastle (February 1), Glasgow (February 7), Sheffield (February 14); with the grand finale in London's SSE Arena, Wembley on February 28.  Tickets start from £10 for children, £19 for adults and £49 for a family ticket from www.ticketmaster.ie

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