AX; RAMPING UP THE ACTION IN EUROPE
The Arenacross World Tour is gearing up to reach the masses in 2018 and, this week, the team has been out in Germany and Belgium bringing international television and mainstream media up to speed with all-things AX.
2018 is going to be a pivotal year for Arenacross. As already well documented, once the fast-paced UK-arm of the Tour at Manchester, Newcastle, Birmingham, Belfast, Sheffield and London finishes, the innovative series morphs into a World Tour, with London forming the first round, Belgium the second and third, and Germany the World Tour Finals.
In March next year, thousands of fans from across Europe will get to check out just what the AX-hype is all about as the Tour will descend on the Ethias Arena in Belgium for two nights, prior to making its grand entrance for the AX World Tour Finals at the multi-functional Esprit Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany. The Esprit is an arena like no other; it’s by far the largest ever tackled by AX, and can hold up to 50,000 people. It has hosted major football matches and world heavyweight boxing championship bouts. In 2010, it held the Race of Champions with notable drivers such as Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel and Alain Prost in the mix. 2018 will see the venue’s first-ever motorcycle event and thus, AX is destined to rapidly make its way into the record books.
Helping out the AX team at the German launch were freestylers Luc Ackermann and Christian Kleiner, together with ‘crossers Carl Ostermann and Dominique Thury. Both Thury, from Schneeberg, and Ostermann, from Bonn, will compete in all rounds of the 2018 AX Tour, and will take to the World Tour Finals at Düsseldorf with a home-advantage in front of what is anticipated to be a loud and raucous partisan crowd. Thury was the runner-up in the 2016 German MX1 Championship. He is the first-ever German Pro rider to do the full AX series and starts as one of the favourites. Clearly excited about the prospect of the upcoming AX Tour, Thury said; “I think this move to Europe will be huge for the racing, it will be big and provide countless opportunities for whoops, rhythm sections and jumps which will make some great racing. I am excited for the World Tour Finals in Germany, it’s such a beautiful place and a cool way to finish the tour.” Thirteen-year-old Ostermann has a number of supercross successes under his belt and he took part in the 2017 Arenacross Tour. By all accounts, he had a blast and said the 2018 Tour; “is going to be awesome with the World Tour Finals a highlight”.
On the FMX front, Eighteen-year-old Ackermann has an entry in the Guinness Book of Records for being the youngest rider to ever backflip a motorcycle. He and compatriot Kleiner will show off their inconsiderable high-flying skills at a number of the AX Tour venues next year, with an eye on lighting up the final at the Esprit stadium with some rather special tricks. Said Ackermann; “I am really excited for Arenacross in Germany. It’s going to be amazing. It’s going to be a super cool show with loads of motocross and freestyle together. Jumping is the best part of riding for me and there is no better place to do it than in front of a home crowd.”
Commenting on his bold move into new territories, AX boss Matt Bates added; “Launching Arenacross in both Germany and Belgium this week has made me realise how far we’ve come since our inaugural event in London just five years ago. I’ve always made it clear that, to progress, we must move AX on to a World stage that attracts, riders, sponsors and television broadcasters that warrant a world stage – and I believe we’re just at the beginning of something very special. We must now concentrate on staging world-class events that continue to attract a new audience of young fans.”
The Arenacross Tour 2018;
Saturday 6th January, Manchester Arena, Manchester
Saturday 13th January, The Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
Saturday 20th January, The Genting Arena, Birmingham
Friday 26th January, The SSE Arena, Belfast
Saturday 27th January, The SSE Arena, Belfast
Saturday 10th February, Sheffield Arena, Sheffield
Saturday 17th February, The SSE Arena, Wembley
Friday 3rd March, Ethias Arena, Hasselt, Belgium
Saturday 4th March, Ethias Arena, Hasselt, Belgium
Saturday 10th March, The Esprit Arena, Dusseldorf, Germany – AX World Tour Finals
For further information and to buy tickets visit www.axworldtour.com