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After much anticipation the UK Arenacross tour burst into life at Manchester last weekend and some of our DEP supported riders were there to kick start their season!

We were represented by Team Green Kawasaki UK and XBladez WD40 Husqvarna on the racing front and by Jamie Squibb and Nez Parker showing their insane skills in the FMX. Squibby and Nez had the 8,000 plus crowd whipped up into a frenzy for each of their three shows, laying down some slick and mad moves 40 feet above the arena floor and really helped to generate an incredible atmosphere. 

As for the racing our lads also did us proud. Team Green Kawasaki's Kacey Hird grabbed two 2nd places in the Super Mini 85cc, which was brilliant as the kid shouldn't of be racing having horrendous flu and being physically sick before, during and after the event. His teammate Bobby Bruce nailed down two 4th place finishes which was also a good achievement considering he didn't even know he was racing until 24 hours before due to various complications, so he came in very under prepared but now at least will be prepared for the remaining rounds. 

In the Pro Lites class Dylan Woodcock ended up 5th overall after an eventful night. The Team Green rider took a 3rd in the opening race and was looking good for an improved result second time out but had a nasty incident crashing into the fallen George Clarke in front of him over the big finish line double and that took him down also. He remounted to finish 6th in the race and salvage some points. 

The Pro class was stacked with some serious talent and the racing was intense to say the least. Team DEP were represented by Jack Brunnell and Hugo Basaula (Team Green Kawasaki) and Gradie Featherstone (XBladez WD40 Husqvarna) in the pro class. Jack came away 5th in the final after a solid ride, while Hugo (who is filling in for the injured Tommy Searle) made it into the final by winning the head to head last chance qualifiers and then battled to a 7th place finish to put Team Green Kawasaki 3rd in the team standings after the opening round. Gradie, making his UK Pro debut didn't make the final but certainly not for a lack of trying. He was in the mix but just a few mistakes cost him and with the racing so tight and intense mistakes are even more costly, but he'll be back this coming weekend in Glasgow. You guys can be there too as tickets are still available, so if you fancy witnessing an incredible show of off road riding talent get yourself there. Tickets are available here