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Tommy Searle – Arenacross UK

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The breaking news today is that British MX1 Champion Tommy Searle has stunned the world of motocross by being the first top-flight World Championship contender to race the entire UK Arenacross Tour!

You can meet him on The Arenacross stand at the International Dirt Bike Show a week on Saturday! (Saturday 29th October @ Stoneleigh Park)

This is the first time that the 26 year old has set his sights on the Arenacross title but we’ve no doubt that he’ll be attacking the short, sharp AX tracks with his customary gusto when the tour kicks off.

We’re also expecting fireworks as Tommy has just enjoyed a solid outdoor season, fending off season-long attacks from the defending Champion Shaun Simpson. However the battles won’t stop just because he’s coming indoors…he’ll now have a whole host of ultra-competitive and hard-charging Arenacross Athletes to deal with. These also happen to include the former three AX Pro Champs; Searle’s fellow Brit Adam Chatfield and Frenchmen Fabien Izoird and Thomas Ramette.

Riding a Kawasaki KX450F, the AX series will undoubtedly present a steep learning curve for Searle, as each arena will be completely new to him, but the Kent man is never one to shy from a challenge and he reckons that once the gate drops, he’ll be as competitive as the next man.

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Tommy Searle: “I’ve seen some of the Arenacross racing before and enjoyed watching it. Then, a few weeks ago, I took part in the SMX Cup in Germany and found I really liked it so, when the opportunity to contest the whole of next year’s Arenacross with Kawasaki came up, I was pretty excited and thought it would be great fun. I don’t know much about the other competitors, and there’s no-one in particular that I’m worried about, but they’ll be fast, especially the French as they tend to be indoor specialists. They are at the top of their game, and I now have to prepare myself to beat them.

“I do know it’s not going to be easy to win, as there’s the reigning and all previous Arenacross champs to consider, but I am entering the series with the aim of winning, and I can guarantee that I’ll be giving it my best shot.

“I’m really looking forward to the whole arena atmosphere and it sounds like the AX team has good plans for the future. It’s something I want to be a part of.”

Kawasaki’s racing and marketing co-ordinator Ross Burridge: “We have had a fantastic 2016 season with Tommy in the outdoor British Championship, and are incredibly excited that he has chosen to compete in the Arenacross series. It is one of the most exciting forms of off-road racing and gets our brand in front of large audiences, week in, week out. We believe that Tommy has the skill set and raw speed to challenge for race wins, and ultimately the title, so we personally cannot wait until 7th January!”

Series promoter Matt Bates: “Tommy is one of those effortless riders who, no matter what he’s racing in, is just amazing to watch. He brings a level of world-class status to our series and that’s something we’ve all strived for since we started in 2013. We’ve achieved so much in Arenacross and I’m proud to announce today that we have the UK’s best rider lining up for round one in Manchester. My thanks go to Kawasaki and Steve Dixon of DRT Kawasaki for their help in supporting Tommy to race in AX 2017.”

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