The final weekend of Motorcycle Live 2011 kicked off with Dirt Day – a full day of entertainment dedicated to all things off-road. MX riders from around the world flocked to The NEC to celebrate their chosen discipline alongside a whole host of road racing stars and cricketing legend Darren Gough.
Kawasaki’s 2012 MX1 factory rider Xavier Boog jetted in from France to join Maxxis Henderson LPE Kawasaki riders Ray Rowson and David Goosen, while Yamaha Monster Energy was represented by MX1 star Shaun Simpson and MX2 contender Arnaud Tonus. Suzuki took the chance to unveil the 2012 bike livery for its Tyco Suzuki by TAS team with riders Stephen Sword (MX1) and Stuart Edmonds (MX2). Maxxis Apico Suzuki stars Lewis Gregory and Luke Hawkins completed the line-up.
After an MX-themed Q&A with guest hosts Jack Burnicle and Paul Malin, the off-road contingent went head-to-head with stars of the track for a special Fast Bikes Question of Bikes. World Superbike riders Troy Corser and Eugene Laverty, World Supersport contender Sam Lowes and British 125cc Champion Kyle Ryde were joined by former cricket star and talkSPORT host Darren Gough for a raucous edition of the popular quiz.
The Yamaha and Suzuki riders then headed off to offer some expert advice to the lucky adults and children taking part in the Yamaha Off-Road Experience and the Suzuki Off-Road Experience in the T+MX and DBR Off-Road Zone. There was even more action on offer in the Ramp’d Up Freestyle Motocross Arena where the daredevil stunt riders twist and flip the crowd into a frenzy in one of the UK’s most jaw-dropping FMX displays.
Motorcycle Live draws to a close tomorrow with TT Day. The ticket price is completely all-inclusive, meaning visitors can enjoy everything the show has to offer at no extra cost. Tickets are £19 for adults, £12 for seniors, £8 for children aged 6-16 and kids under five accompanied by a paying adult go free.