Penticton among the stops for Canadian arena cross tour

Penticton's South Okanagan Events Centre will host rounds five and six of Canadian Arenacross tour

THE SOUTH OKANAGAN EVENTS Centre is hosting rounds five and six of the 2015 Canadian National Arenacross Tour on Oct. 23-24.

THE SOUTH OKANAGAN EVENTS Centre is hosting rounds five and six of the 2015 Canadian National Arenacross Tour on Oct. 23-24.

Jetwerx International announced that Penticton will be among the stops for the 2015 Canadian National Arenacross Tour.

Penticton will host round five and six of the series on Oct. 23-24 at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

This tour is the start of a new chapter in Jetwerx International’s 15-year Canadian motocross history with the introduction of the Arenacross Tour.  The newly formed project has taken 18 months to produce and is set to launch this September.

It is currently an eight-round professional arenacross series, which includes an East and West Amateur National Arenacross Championship.

Pro Arenacross riders compete for a total cash payout of more than $60,000, with over 20 amateur classes racing for their share of $25,000 worth of trophies, prizes and series awards.

“Anticipation is high with this new project,” said Jetwerx CEO Justin Thompson in a statement.  “We have been involved in this for a long time having done over 200 events all over the world, and have partnered with a variety of leading industry and corporate brands.  I am extremely happy to finally bring this great series to Canada. With my family here in Canada, it is huge to be racing at home.”

Jetwerx USA is currently based out of the southern U.S. with the Arenacross Tour where the series ventures into seven states and has a history of over 12 years.

“We are excited to have Canadian sponsors and support step up to help this new series become a great success,” said Thompson. “Our goal from day one was to try and build a series that will help motocross in Canada from the athlete to the industry and everything in between.  It’s not going to be easy and will take an astronomical amount of effort in which we are very familiar with.  This isn’t about trying to build a new project or compete against another series, this is simply Jetwerx seeing a way to join the country and branching out on what we already do.”

“We are excited to be involved with Jetwerx and the Arenacross Tour,” said Scott Spark, President of Royal Distributing. “We look forward to a successful season as the presenting sponsor of the Canadian National Arenacross Tour. Our focus, as one of the main sponsors, will be on keeping the racer’s excited by giving them the opportunity to cash in on the Royal Distributing Hole shot award. We also plan to get the fans involved during half time with The Marin Bikes Half Time show presented by Royal Distributing.”

The Canadian National Arenacross Tour is set to begin in London, Ont. Sept. 25-26 for the first two rounds of the Pro National Series and the Eastern Amateur National Series.