Meara gunning for glory at the SSE Arena
Loughbrickland motocross star Jason ‘Super’ Meara is targeting his first win of this year’s Arenacross Tour on home soil, which brings jaw-dropping two-wheeled action to Belfast, writes David Hamill.
Arenacross arrives at the SSE Arena on January 24-25 and takes the dirt-filled thrills of motocross racing indoors with purpose-built tracks featuring huge triple jumps, killer moguls and fast, banked corners.
Jason, 20, has had a consistent start to the season with a string of podium finishes, including finishing as runner-up twice.
The I-Fly JK Yamaha rider is currently second in the overall Pro Lites standings and is hoping to go one step further and claim victory at the SSE Arena in front of his home supporters.
“The season has been going ok so far - I’ve come close to winning on a couple of occasions but it would be amazing to finally do it at the SSE Arena,” he said.
“It’s my favourite track. We’ll be going to Wembley, which is a great venue, then on to Belgium and Germany but there’s something special about racing here.
“The build-up and excitement grows as the race gets closer and there’s more requests to do interviews from radio and newspapers. It’s a thrill to race in front of family, friends and my own supporters, who create a great atmosphere. There’s nothing like it.”
Far from being phased by performing in front of his home crowd, Jason enjoys the tension and build-up prior to the race, and believes his attacking style could hold the key to glory this weekend.
“I try to attack the track as much as possible. There’s no time to think too much out there once the race starts, except for staying focused on winning.”
Jason is in good company - his team mate at Yamaha is seasoned Australian ace Dan Reardon.
“It’s great to have Dan as a team-mate, but I also want to thank my team and sponsors for their support,” says Jason, who is competing in only his second season in the Pro Lites competition.
He’s hoping this weekend will be another step towards making the jump to the main Pro category.
Meara will be joined for the Belfast leg of the AX Tour by his younger brother Jack, 9, who will ride in the youngest AX class, the Youth 65cc.
Meanwhile, Jack Belton, 14, from Donaghadee is entering the arena for the first time as a wild card rider for the Belfast rounds. An ardent fan of Arenacross, Jack was inspired to enter the 2018 Tour because of his uncle,Jeff Wright, himself a former racer.
Win or lose, Jason wants the crowd - whether they’re loyal fans who follow the sport religiously or those venturing to arenacross for the very first time, to come away with beaming smiles on their faces.
The Power Maxed Arenacross Tour is filled with stunning motocross racing, lights, lasers, pyro and a pumping sound track to boot.
Arena this Friday and Saturday to battle it out for AX Glory, lining-up alongside Europe’s leading Freestylers who perform breathtaking aerial tricks. For tickets and more information, visit www.arenacrossuk.com and @arenacrossuk #AXUK
“Whatever your age or interest in the sport, there’ll be plenty of non-stop full-throttle action, as well as incredible tricks from the freestyle performers,” added Jason.
Rounds four and five of the Power Maxed Arenacross Tour takes place on Friday and Saturday from 7.30 pm (doors open at 6pm) at the SSE Arena, Belfast. Tickets priced from £17 can be purchased by visiting www.ssearenabelfast.com/arenacross