Defending SX1 and SX2 Champ Mike Brown will be back to run the #1 plate. Steve Dixon's U-tag Yamaha team will be fielding a large four man rider line-up starting with US rider Zach Osborne. Osborne would have been a strong contender for last year's SX1 and SX2 titles had he not missed the opening round at Sheffield. This year Osborne will be competing in the whole series in his quest to pry away the #1 plates from Brownie who just happens to be his friend and neighbour states side. It's not going to be a walk in the park for Osborne or Brown as recent German Supercross winner and fellow American Cole Siebler will be joining the British series at the NEC on the second weekend on December 5th. Siebler recently split wins with Kyle Beaton at the opening rounds of the Canadian Arenacross Championship in Chilliwack, British Columbia.
Newly Crowned Canadian MX1 champ and 2 time British Supercross champ Colton Facciotti will be back to contest the whole series on Dixon Utag Yamaha's. With two consecutive Canadian MX1 titles under his belt Facciotti will be on a mission to get back his British title from Mike Brown and add a third BSX title to his growing collection. Another Canadian who will be returning to the UK is Kyle Beaton. Beaton is well known and liked by the British fans for his never say die come from behind style of racing best demonstrated at Cardiff a few years ago when he worked his way through the field to take the win and more recently at The O2 in London in 08 when he did the came from behind and pipped Mike Brown to the post. Beaton will also be contesting the whole series again on a Dixon prepared YZ250F.
Some new, to the British Supercross Championship Americans, will also be competing this year including Ben Lamay who will be riding a Samsung Yamaha and Ryan Blizzard who will be on board a Merideth Suzuki. If that's not enough two more Canadians will be making the trip, Spencer Knowles will be the fourth member of the Dixon Yamaha squad, Knowles is touted as being one of the big names of the future from Canucksville. The 16 year old from Vancouver trains with Kyle Beaton and has picked up some of Beaton's speed and determination. The final Canadian on the list for the NEC is Colton McLean from Vancouver Island, McLean will be riding a DK Off Road prepared Suzuki.
There are a couple of disappointments, one being Mike Alessi's withdrawal from all Supercross events including European, Australian and US events. Future West's John Hellam had this to say about the controversial Alessi, "Mike was supposed to come to our Sheffield event last year but was unable to because of an injury, his absence did not hurt the series as the racing was very close without him. This year any one of a number of great riders could win with such an evenly matched field." Another possible change to the line up is the possibility that defending British Open Supercross champion Carl Nunn will not be fully fit in time for the opening round at the NEC. If that turns out to be the case Nunn will join the series for the last 2 rounds at Liverpool on January 23rd and London on January 30th.
With the possibility of Nunn missing the opening round, the door is wide open for the British Open Supercross Championship. Ulster's, Gordon Crockard who narrowly lost last year's championship to Nunn in the last race at The O2 will be a strong contender again this year. Crockstar has fully recovered after his Hawkstone Park incident and is chomping at the bit. Crockard will have some strong competition with his fellow countryman Martin Barr. Barr had to dip out of last year's series after receiving an injury at round 2 in Liverpool and is all fired up to put his Relentless Suzuki up front and clinch a British Supercross title. Elliot Banks Browne will be making his début on for DB Racing Honda and will be there to spoil Crockard and Barr's plans as will LPE's Kawasaki Kristian Whatley and Honda's Jordan Rose.
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HERE IS A LIST OF SOME OF THE PRO LEVEL RIDERS REGISTERED FOR THE SERIES.
MIKE BROWN USA KTM
ZACH OSBORNE USA YAM
COLTON FACCIOTTI CAN YAM
COLE SIEBLER USA HON
KYLE BEATON CAN YAM
GORDON CROCKARD IRE
JORDON ROSE GB HON
MARTIN BARR IRE SUZ
ELLIOT BROWN BANKS GB HON
BEN LAMAY USA YAM
KRISTIAN WHATLEY GB KAW
RYAN BLIZZARD USA SUZ
SPENCER KNOWLES CAN YAM
COLTON MCLEAN CAN SUZ
DAVID GOOSEN GB HON
HARRY BERTRAM GB KAW
PAUL SMITH GB HON
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FUTURE WEST ACU BRITISH SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Round 1 NEC Birmingham - Carole Nash International Motorcycle Show - Saturday, November 28th - Tickets: 0844 338 8000
Round 2 NEC Birmingham - Carole Nash International Motorcycle Show - Saturday, December 5th - Tickets: 0844 338 8000
Round 3 Liverpool Echo Arena - Saturday January 23, 2010 - Tickets: 0844 800 4000
Round 4 The O2 Arena, London - Saturday January 30, 2010 Tickets: 0871 984 0002
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