Last year’s Pro #2, UK-based South African Neville Bradshaw (Putoline Apico Honda) has so far struggled to make an impact at the front of the field in the 2014 Garmin Arenacross Tour.
But with Liverpool’s Echo Arena – scene of his final round win in 2013 – next on the calendar the 30-year-old from Johannesburg is confident he can turn things around and improve on his 8-10-8 card from the opening three rounds.
“This year just to make the Main Event is an achievement and I know I’ve been riding better than my results suggest as I’ve been getting firsts and seconds in my heat races,” says Nev who currently sits seventh in the championship standings. “I know I can get the job done and I’m working on getting faster every week – I definitely want some podiums before the end of the series.
“Compared to last year the field is absolutely stacked and it’s made even harder by the fact all those French guys already have a full season of Supercross behind them and after each round can go back to France and practice on SX tracks while in England because of the weather it’s tough to even find a track to ride on during the week.”
Being 250-mounted against a field almost completely made up of 450s could mean Nev starts every round with an automatic disadvantage but despite having a big-bore bike good to go he’s not planning to switch up.
“I’ve been thinking about racing a 450 quite a bit but the truth is I don’t enjoy riding them. I’ve been riding on a 450 this week but I enjoy the 250. I ride to have fun and I’ve proved in my heat races this year that I can win on a 250 – I just need to transfer that to the Main Event.”
The Echo Arena is a special matinee event with the show kicking off at 2pm on Sunday (February 2). For more information go to www.arenacrossuk.com
Tickets starting at £10 for children and £19 for adults (plus venue and booking fees) can be bought at the Echo box office on the day, from www.theticketfactory.com or by calling 0844 338 8000.