Neville Bradshaw talks us through his start to the season.

First off i’m loving running my own set up and working closely with all my sponsors involved. Its hard work with all the training, riding, organising, and burning the midnight oil in the workshop. However its also something i’m very proud of and am looking forward to putting in another solid season in my final year of racing.

So the Arenacross series this year is crazy stacked with talent, with 20 great riders/ indoor specialists from all over the world battling around a 25 second Arenacross track.To say its been intense is an understatement. Just making the main event has been a feat on its own, with many top guys not making it through on numerous occasions.

So it started off in Manchester with a very soft, technical track, I didn’t ride good in my heats, and missed going straight to the final by 1 measly point, so it was LCQ time for me, with many top guys joining me in this crazy 4 lap race. I layed it all on the line and came from 5th to take 2nd, and the final transfer spot over the triple on the last lap. I’ve never been so pumped to finish second! Ha-ha. In the final I didn’t have a good feel but managed to bring it home in 7th. We then moved onto Belfast and I was quick in qualifying there on night one, and made it straight into the final, ending up 8th in the main event. Night 2 in Belfast was a horrible night for me. I came together with an American guy in the heat and went down. In the LCQ I made some bad choices on the track, and for the first time in my career I failed to make the main event. I was really disappointed in myself. I made some big changes to my bike set up the week before Birmingham, and felt solid in qualifying, being 3rd quickest in both qualifying sessions. I rode good in the final and came out with a 6th place finish. This past weekend in Newcastle was another soft technical track, I felt good in qualifying posting 4th in both my sessions. Another decent main event coming from behind to post a 6th place finish at the flag.

So all in all I feel like I’ve made good progress from round one, got my bike set up a lot better and am holding my own against a stacked field of competition. I’m currently 8th in the championship with 3 rounds to go. I’ve been working hard over the last few weeks on my outdoor set up on the new Husqvarna, i’m feeling good, and am really excited about my first outdoor race at Hawkstone park international this weekend. It will be a good race to see where everything is at and what needs improving before the first British championship race on the 15th march.

Many thanks to everyone involved in my programme, can’t thank you enough. We’re going to have an awesome 2015!

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