Fresh from a six-week stay Stateside at a self-imposed boot camp at the Millsaps Training Facility, Arenacross contender Steven Clarke flew into England for a night at home before heading off to Germany for the Munich SX.
The 23-year-old from Rugeley in the Midlands has, in his own words, been subjecting himself to some “savage training” in Georgia and has returned fighting fit.
“The Millsaps Training Facility is an amazing place,” reckons Steven who’ll be racing in the New Year for Dyer & Butler KTM. “There’s nowhere better for me to prepare for Arenacross and my stay there was pretty intense. I’ve been pounding out the laps as well as hitting the gym and I’m in the best shape of my life.
“It doesn’t just call for a different technique – racing indoors requires a different sort of fitness than outdoors purely because of the intensity of the races. They’re short and sharp compared to Motocross so I’ve been working hard to make sure as soon as the gate drops I can get to work right away.
“With a sport like Arenacross there’s no chance to rest – you’ve got to be on it for the full race distance. If you’re not then there’s no point turning up because you’re going to get smoked!”
The seven-round 2014 Arenacross series kicks off with a double-header at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast, on January 17/18 before travelling to the LG Arena, Birmingham (January 25), the Echo Arena, Liverpool (February 2), the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle (February 9) and the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield (February 15). The series signs off at London’s Wembley Arena on March 1.
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