Top Scottish motocross racer Bryan MacKenzie is hoping to make a big impact on home turf when round four of the Red Bull Pro Nationals MX series touches down at the spectacular Duns track this weekend, July 21-22.
The 27-year-old from Longniddry ended the 2011 season in a fighting third place in the MX2 pro standings for riders of 250cc four-stroke machines but a disappointing start to the season sees him back in 10th in the championship. It’s a position he’s determined to improve upon.
“The fightback starts at Duns,” says Bryan, better known to his thousands of fans across the UK as Irn Bry. “I know the track better than any other in the country and a big turn-out of home fans cheering me on could make all the difference.
“I’m pumped that the Red Bull Pro Nationals are coming to Scotland. I always look forward to racing at national level in front of a home crowd and hope to put in a couple of strong rides to get everyone behind me and really feel part of the race!”
Britain’s biggest, brightest motocross series, the Red Bull Pro Nationals feature classes for the country’s top youth and adult riders over an action-packed weekend of bar-banging racing. Spectators will be treated to the cream of the UK’s up-and-coming talent racing among the ranks of the Elite Youth Cup while up in the pro divisions no fewer than four winners at world championship level line up in a truly international field that features big names from Holland, Estonia, France, South Africa and Ireland as well as a full quota of home-grown heroes.
But the racing is just one element to the unique RBPN package that really does offer something for everyone as event promoters Events 22 stage a weekend of activities geared around a family audience. For the youngsters there’s Kidzone – a dedicated area where the really young can meet their favourite TV characters such as Peppa Pig, Fireman Sam, Roary the Racing Car and Bob The Builder while older children can try out Zorbing and bungee trampolines. There’s also the Motocross Try-Out Experience where children and adults can learn to ride an off-road motorcycle in a completely safe environment under expert supervision.
One thing visitors most definitely won’t be encouraged to try for themselves are the amazing, jaw-dropping freestyle motocross displays where some of the world’s top FMX athletes hit the purpose-built ramps and throw out a selection of crazy tricks with crazy names including Tsunamis, Heel-Clickers and show-stopping Back-Flips. What these guys can do has to be seen to be believed!
“We can’t wait to come to Scotland,” says Events 22 Managing Director Matt Bates. “Duns is an amazing circuit – one of the best in the UK – and its spectacular jumps make it a firm favourite with spectators. For diehard motocross fans the track produces brilliant racing and the Kidzone and MX try-out always go down really well with the families that come simply for a great day out.”
Duns Motocross is located three miles west of Duns on the Duns to Longformacus road. The postcode for the track is TD11 3NS.
Ticket prices start at £36 for families, £16 for adults and £4 for children and OAPs. For great deals on advance tickets go to www.redbullpronationals.com