More success for motorbike ace Ben

Teenage motorcycling ace Ben Burridge has had a sensational series of performances in the Arenacross 2014 competition.

Arenacross is described as ‘the crazy indoor offspring of motocross racing, first conceived in America in the 1970s.’

Riding in the 85cc SW section, under the racing name Ben The Bullet 22, the 13-year-old from Codnor Park has enjoyed a great year so far. In the latest Arenacross tour, he came first at Belfast, first at Liverpool, second at Newcastle and then at the weekend, in Sheffield, he had a storming first place. This means that, with one round to go, at Wembley on March 1, Ben has already won his category.

Ben is in year nine at Swanwick Hall School and rides a Honda CRF 150. He has been riding since the age of seven and has won an incredible 450 trophies in that short space of time. Last season, he came third in Arenacross, second in the British Masters and second in the MX 90 and he hopes to take part in the Red Bull Elite series later on in the year.

His main sponsor is D and N Shotblasting Cheshire and Middleton MX of Ripley, but as Ben’s grandmother Elaine explained, it is not a cheap sport, so Ben is in need of additional sponsorship.

Ben is taken to every race in all weathers by his chief mechanic, and father, Lee Burridge, whose interest in the sport initially got Ben involved.

Elaine Burridge said: “His dad loves the sport and once Ben started, he took to it straight away. He’s a popular lad on the circuit and wants to do it professionally eventually.

“He’s fearless and seems to love it so much.”

Any individuals and businesses able to assist with sponsorship can contact Elaine on 07977 455291 or email