November 20 2006.

Following last year's record crowds, the seventh Dirt Bike Show at Stoneleigh Park was expanded for 2006, giving visitors an unrivalled opportunity to see everything that's hot in the world of off-road.
Attendance figures have yet to be finalised, but Promoto, who have run the Show since its inception in 2000, are confident that their initial count of 19,000 through the turnstiles is accurate to within a fraction. The weekend remained very busy, with the only marked decrease on the Friday, which was undoubtedly due to torrential rain that made road travel almost impossible in the Midlands.
"The off road market has been very flat this year, so we had not expected to match last year's record attendance," comments a Promoto spokesman.  "Ticket sales have dropped back to the 2004 level, which compares well to other national bikes shows that are down by over 10% for the same period."
The continued support of all the major off road bike and quad manufacturers is recognised as a key ingredient of the Show's success.  This year they were joined by Arctic Cat and BMW, both of whom had a major presence.
"Overall it was a positive experience and we definitely intend to come back next year," stated Tony Jakeman of BMW Motorrad UK.
The Dirt Bike Show also has a reputation for spectacular live action and this year's performance did not disappoint the thousands of people who witnessed it.  There were plenty of big names, including Steve 'Mr Showtime' Colley, the Xtreme Trials 'Kickstart' competition featuring the likes of Graham Jarvis and Alexz Wigg and Gary Taylor's Freestyle MX stunt show.  No wonder that 80% of those questioned rated it as 'excellent' in an exit poll.
The 2007 Dirt Bike Show will return to Stoneleigh Park next November.  Next year's Dirt Bike Show will run from 22 - 25 November. A full Show review will be posted on the website shortly.

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