Round two of the 2013 Red Bull Pro Nationals will be staged on a track sculpted out of the beach at Weston-super-Mare on May 18-19.
Never backwards in going forwards, we’re taking top-flight motocross to the famous Somerset seaside resort for the first time!
“If I have one goal it’s to take every round of the Red Bull Pro Nationals to city centre venues,” explains e22sports Managing Director Matt Bates. “Obviously, that’s never going to happen but the next best thing you can hope to do is go to a town like Weston-super-Mare that’s got a big population, lots of visitors and a prime site in a region that’s very strong for motocross.”
The track build – overseen by Johnny Douglas Hamilton – is expected to take up to a week taking advantage of May low tides and will result in a technical circuit with a lap time of up to two minutes for the Pro class. It will be constructed along a stretch of the famous Weston seafront south of the resort’s pier.
“I’m really, really excited about this,” adds Matt. “Getting the general public to come to a motocross event is incredibly hard – it’s something I’ve been trying to do with great results since the Red Bull Pro Nationals started back in 2009 – so why not take a motocross event to the general public?”
The weekend will feature the full compliment of activities that have become intrinsic to the Red Bull Pro Nationals’ family festival feel with Motocross Experiences, electric bikes and balance bikes aimed at introducing newcomers of all ages to the joys of two-wheeled riding. Sunday will also see Freestyle Motocross shows, trials displays from Dougie Lampkin, world-class aerial acrobatics by the Red Bull Matadors and children’s TV favourites in the Kidzone.
“I’m delighted we will be working with e22sports to stage this event,” adds Councillor Felicity Baker, North Somerset Council executive member for tourism and leisure, “as it will give Weston and North Somerset even more exposure on a national and international basis. Matt and his team have a strong track record in the sport and this is yet another example of the commitment we have given to attract a wide variety of events to the area.”
Admission will be pegged at a special one-off price of £10 for adults and £5 for children under 16 and OAPs with family tickets just £20.