Skelder hosts gravity-defying national races

Thrill-seekers in Whitby can expect some daredevil action such as this when the Red Bull Pro National Motocross arrives at Skelder
Thrill-seekers in Whitby can expect some daredevil action such as this when the Red Bull Pro National Motocross arrives at Skelder
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World class motocross racing, gravity-defying freestyle and a packed programme of entertainment aimed at visitors of all ages is coming to a Whitby race track this weekend.

The Skelder circuit on the outskirts of town is to host round four of the Red Bull Pro Nationals tomorrow and Sunday.

Europe’s premier Motocross Family Festival, the Red Bull Pro Nationals boasts a unique mix of on-track action coupled with off-track attractions and activities that engage and excite in equal measure.

It will give the Whitby eceonomy a welcome shot-in-the-arm as the heatwave continues into the start of the school holidays.

The racing boasts an international field of professional stars featuring GP winners and national champions from nine countries including South Africa, Estonia, France and – for this round only – Iceland.

There are also the up-and-coming stars of the Red Bull Elite Youth Cup, featuring the UK’s hottest young talent plus classes for amateur adult racers. Away from the track the focus is firmly on family fun and getting youngsters active.

There will be weekend-long youth MX Try-Out Experiences giving younger visitors the opportunity to learn to ride under qualified supervision and the UDROP attraction – where thrill-seekers can throw themselves from a 30ft platform into a giant airbag - will be up and running both days.

On the Sunday, there will be Zorb Balls, bungee trampolines, bouncy castles, face painting and appearances from children’s TV favourites Peppa Pig and George, Bob the Builder and Fireman Sam in the Kidzone area. And Sunday is also the day we wheel out the aerial gymnasts of the MX world when the UK’s top Freestyle Motocross riders hit the ramps.

On the gate, admission is just £16 for adults, £4 for children and £36 for a family of four.

l Report and pictures of the race action at Skelder in next Friday’s Whitby Gazette.