Irish hero Martin Barr will contest the full 2018 Arenacross Tour for his new Crescent Yamaha team in the Pro Lites class. The 31-year-old from Ballyclare will make his debut for the team at his home event in Belfast’s SSE Arena on January 18/19 and it’s safe to say he’s relishing the prospect.
“Performing in front of a home crowd is always amazing and the atmosphere in the arena is usually as tense as the racing itself,” he said. “It’s such a great family night out and I know the support will be incredible.
“I will be fighting for podiums to give the spectators plenty to cheer about and aim to prove that, even though I’ve been away from Arenacross for a few years, I will still be a real threat. I’m really looking forward to it and, dare I say, I’m quietly confident. I’ve still got the fire in my belly!”
Barr’s last AX appearance came in 2013 when he finished the series in fourth as a privateer behind Adam Chatfield, Neville Bradshaw and Jack Brunell.
“I really enjoyed it and always said I’d like to do the full series again. When the chance came up, via Paul Denning of Crescent Yamaha and Arenacross promoter Matt Bates, to take part in the 2019 Tour I jumped at it.
“I know the series has moved on massively and the Pros, particularly the French, are at the top of their game. They’re on it week-in, week-out but I’m a quick learner and I’ll never give up. I’ve been to a few Arenacross rounds over the years – keeping an eye on it all from the ringside – and I’ve been watching a few videos to familiarise myself with both the format and the other riders.
“It’s not going to be easy as all the Arenacross guys are fantastic riders and well prepared. I’ve already started a training plan – I had to move quickly and bring it forward though. I need to spend as much time preparing myself both on and off the bike as the one thing I won’t do is be there just to make up the numbers.”
Arenacross promoter ASL’s boss Matt Bates knows that having Martin on the line will be a big draw for fans – especially in Northern Ireland. “Martin is without doubt one of the fastest riders to come out of Northern Ireland,” he said. “I’m hoping that the local audience get fully behind him when the series kicks off in Belfast.
“I’ve always been a big fan of Martin too – he’s a real fighter and an equally gifted rider that I have no doubt has the ability to shock more than a few of the AX regulars.”
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2019 Arenacross Tour Calendar
January 18/19 – The SSE Arena, Belfast
February 1/2 – The Genting Arena, Birmingham
February 15/16 – The Fly DSA Arena, Sheffield