MAy 10 2007.

The ACU Maxxis British Motocross Championship has received the backing of the UK's largest motorcycle insurance specialist after Carole Nash signed up to be the tournament's Official Insurance Partner.

The move is part of a long established policy by the bike insurance giant to support grassroots biking and follows its backing of young motocross talent from across the country though sponsorship of the Suzuki Relentless Academy Team.

"We are delighted to support a championship which is as good an advert as you will find in Europe for motocross," commented Carole Nash's marketing manager Rebecca Harrop. "This is a tournament which boasts three British riders who are in the world top ten and attracts entrants from eight nations, making it one of the most exciting and hard fought competitions on the planet. That's why it attracts a total UK TV audience of some three million fans and is beamed in to over 40 countries worldwide.

"It's also a great family sport which supports our wider aim of encouraging more people to catch the biking bug."

ACU Championship manager Brian Higgins commented: "Obviously the ACU are very pleased to have Carole Nash associated with the Championship. The ACU work very hard to ensure the series has high profile partners and the presence of another brand leader in the trade area also ensures the paying public have value for money when they spend a day at events."

Carole Nash's support of the ACU Championship comes after it became the first major biking specialist to offer a dedicated off road insurance policy. That policy was launched in response to direct appeals from enthusiasts who were struggling to secure affordable and appropriate cover. From just £99 annually it offers fire and theft to protect motocross bikes - including children's models - plus sport, leisure, utility and junior quads. Bikes are covered at home or any ACU race track or practice ground, with up to £250 worth of accessories also insured. Discounts are offered if bikes are fitted with insurance-approved security devices such as Datatag and heavy duty locks and chains.