Arenacross motorcycle racing delivers big excitement in a little package

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What do you get when you mix an indoor arena, 1500 cubic yards of clay dirt, motorcycles with daredevil riders and pretty girls displaying signs alerting riders “30 seconds.” You get the thrill of Arenacross racing.

Arenacross is a cousin to the wildly popular Supercross, which uses larger outdoor stadium venues for their dirt races. Because of the smaller venues, crashes in the turns are more common, which adds to the excitement and the skill required to make it to the finish and of course to stand on the podium.

How does one get started in Arenacross? According to reigning champion Tyler Bowers, get a bike – which sounds simple – but research what model works for you. Talk with racers and ask them what they suggest for your needs and price range.

Wear protective gear. Use a good helmet, goggles, gloves, body armor, knee and elbow guards and high boots. Also Bowers says take advantage of the amateur racer workshops, which allow you a chance to ride with the professionals and of course practice, it’s the only way you’ll get better.