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I cannot wait to wow the Belfast fans, says Barr

 

By Roy Harris

With just seven weeks to go until the first round of the Arenacross Tour in the SSE Arena on January 18 and 19, Ballyclare rider Martin Barr has declared his intention to contest the event for the first time since 2013.

A few weeks ago, Barr - who finished fourth in the Pro class on his last appearance - was without a ride for 2019 after finishing fifth in both the 2018 Maxxis British and European 250cc Motocross Championships.

But in stepped Crescent Yamaha with a deal that will see the 31-year-old contest the British outdoor MX2 Championships and three-round Arenacross series. Barr said: "I enjoyed the series when I last rode in it and always said I'd like to do the full series again. When the opportunity came up, I jumped at it."

Barr will be challenging for the Pro Lites title on the all-new Yamaha 250F, which he has already tested. He said: "I know the series has moved on massively and the Pros, particularly the French riders, are at the top of their game, but I'm a quick learner and everyone is beatable.

"It's going to be a challenge and one I'm looking forward to. Performing in front of the home crowd in the SSE with its highly-charged atmosphere is amazing, so I hope I can give them something to cheer about."

Under a new format for 2019, 12 Pro 450 and 12 Pro Lites 250 racers will each race in two main events, with the top six from each class going head-to-head with the Pro Lites getting first gate pick for the finals.

Arenacross includes Youth classes and in the 11-14 years age bracket, 12 talented lads - including Drew McCreanor from Lurgan - have been selected to contest the first single make series in the history of the Arenacross Tour, namely the Team Green Supermini Cup, all riding identical KX 85cc Kawasakis.

Also included is a unique-to-Belfast All-Ireland Cup in which 12 of the best 450cc and 250cc riders from the Irish National championships will be selected to race in heats and finals.

Arenacross tickets are now on sale from the usual Ticketmaster outlets or call 028 90739074.

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