Most of the motor racing world has taken the winter off, except for the best dirt bike riders in the world.
Last week, the 2013 AMA Supercross season began in Anaheim, Cali., and heads to Phoenix on Saturday. However, just like anything else, you have to start somewhere in order to reach the top series.
Some of those up-and-comers will get that chance Jan. 12 at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum for Round Seven of the 2013 ArenaCross Tour.
In the past few seasons, the AX Tour has made a stop here in Murfreesboro, and it always turns out to be one of the most popular events each year with a sold out crowd.
The riders and officials expect the same this Saturday night.
“I think it’s mainly the area, there seems to be a ton of moto families and enthusiast in the state of Tennessee, and I’m looking forward to getting back in the area,” AX Tour series point leader Cole Thompson said about his stop in the ‘Boro.
Officials of the AX Tour say they are expecting at least 500 riders to take part in the event this weekend with mostly local riders, ranging in ages from 5 to more than 40 years old, who will race in the amateur division both on dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles.
At the same time, a group of professional riders from around North America will continue to fight for a AX Tour title during its 11-round tour across the Southeast.
“So far the season has been going good, we’ve had consistent turnout with regards to riders, great racing from the amateur to professional divisions, and a loyal fan base,” CEO of Jetwerx USA Inc. and promoter of the AX Tour Justin Thompson said.
Currently, the rider they are chasing is Cole Thompson from Canada, who is the current points leader heading into this weekend. Last week, the riders were in Jackson, Miss., where Cole Thompson won both the AX Pro class and the special Clash for Cash race at the end of the night.
Cole Thompson will looking to have the same success like last season, in which he won the AX Tour title, then he got his big break racing in both the AMA Supercross and Motocross Series.
He said the experience helped him going into this season, and he is looking for the same results in 2013.
“The experience and confidence I got from 2012 season was outrageous, and it gave me a huge building block to future success,” Cole Thompson said. “I find that after lining up with the best riders in the world and battling it out with them. I don’t get intimidated or rattled by other riders.”
At the same time, Cole Thompson knows the competition will be tough here in Murfreesboro against some of the other top riders on the AX Tour, including Kyle White, Maxx Malatia and Johnny Moore, who have been battling each other for the points lead all season.
“The fans are going to be in for some amazing racing, each weekend is getting more heated and intense,” Cole Thompson said. “The pro class is stacked with talent, and I just hope to keep the momentum going to take another win.”
The 2012-13 AX Tour season ends Feb. 9 in Tunica, Miss., and Cole Thompson hopes to win another title.
Then he hopes to join the AMA Supercross Series, the following week at Cowboys Stadium outside of Dallas.
Tickets for this Saturday’s event at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum are available at the tour’s website at arenacrosstour.com.
The main event will start at 7 p.m. with some of amateur classes, which will including local riders, taking place Saturday afternoon at the same location.