November 7 2011

Pictured: Five-time World Motocross Champion Eric Geboers clearly enjoyed the International Dirt Bike Show with his Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1 team riders Clement Desalle and Steve Ramon.

The 2011 International Dirt Bike Show closed its doors on Sunday 6th November on what proved to be one of the most successful and best-attended dedicated off-road shows for many years.

Over 22,000 enthusiasts crammed the Show halls over a four-day period, providing a final attendance increase of 28 per cent over the 2010 Show. The combination of international and UK visitors and celebrities from a variety of sporting disciplines, coupled with product and team launches, vibrant exhibitor stands, constant on-stage entertainment, and the noise of visitors enjoying themselves on the free-of-charge activities all added to the family carnival atmosphere.

For many of the international racing stars, this was their first visit to the annual off-road exhibition and the warm welcome they received from the British dirt-biking public will surely ensure it won't be their last. The interest from road racers was at an all-time high this year, with current and past Superbike racers such as Johnny Rea, Troy Corser, Leon Haslam, Carl Fogarty and Chris Walker gracing the Show. Consumer feedback too has been strong with numerous positive comments received by the Show organisers.

In terms of physical size, this was the largest Dirt Bike Show to be held at the Stoneleigh Park exhibition centre. The exhibition halls housed major machine manufacturers, distributors, service providers, countless product and static machine displays and retail stands, whilst two additional halls accommodated two new features, namely the try-a-bike arena and the weekend-only EvoShock Moto Jumble. To the front of the main entrance a Top Gear simulator and High Ropes climbing structure kept the hardy outdoor types entertained and the Suzuki Off-Road Experience located on the Stoneleigh Park grass catered for a steady flow of novice riders.

For the more competitive, the Fast Eddy XC Special, held in the 4x4 woods a short walking distance from the Show, attracted an impressive entry of youth, quad and adult solo riders, and as the weekend's racing finished in sunshine, race organiser Paul Edmondson reflected on what had proved to be a great event. "I am really heartened by the support we have received over the two days of racing. The youth class was fantastic, as were the quads and both races today have been very well supported. Although I initially thought the course was a little bit on the short side, it turned out much better than my expectations and the riders loved it. I feel this was a great addition to the Dirt Bike Show weekend and have thoroughly enjoyed it, as have the riders."

Reflecting on the 2011 event, show organiser Joanne Watson said; "We could tell from the vibes that the visitor attendance figures were going to improve for this year, but it wasn't until we received the final statistics today that we found out by just how much.

"The support from all our exhibitors has been tremendous and we'll be working hard to put on an even better International Dirt Bike Show in 2012. We've got a good solid platform to build from, and we'd like to thank all parties involved with the Show for making this year so successful. In particular, we'd like to thank the visitors for making it so special."

The 2012 Show dates have been confirmed as Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th November. Check for further information.