Utah's Best Racing in Arenacross Championships

Utah's Best Racing in Arenacross Championships

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Sammy Linebaugh ReportingThey're the best in the world at Arenacross and this weekend they're right here in Utah. Two of the biggest names in Utah, Gray Davenport and Kip Posey, will be right there in the thick of things.

It's big air in small spaces, and for Utah's number one racer, Gray Davenport, the corners are second only to the scenery from above.

Gray Davenport, Pro Arenacross Racer from Utah: "I like the corners and the jumps. Jumps are probably the funnest. It gives you time to relax and wait for the next obstacle."

At 21-years old Davenport is Utah's number one rider, schooled as a kid by veteran racer Kip Posey.

Kip Posey: "I like it all, everything about it is fun for me."

Both are from Lehi and are among hundreds of dirt-bikers in Utah who hope to turn their childhood pasttime into more than recreation.

Kip Posey: "There's a lot of talent that comes through here so it's good to have something like this here to expose these guys without having to drive 2,000 miles to do it."

The Arenacross Championship Series, which will hit 12 different cities this season, has different race divisions and now a women's professional class too.

Erin Normoyle, Pro Arenacross Racer: "It's just addictive. I think once you start it it's not something you can give up so easy. It's a lot of fun, you get to travel and meet a lot of people."

Erin Normoyle has come from Australia. Her brothers taught her to ride as a teenager, and like the boys, she's had her bumps along the way.

Erin Normoyle: "Dislocated knee, dislocated shoulder, couple concussions, fractured elbow."

Nothing serious enough, she says, to keep her off the bike. After all, it takes some bravery to dream big.

Racing gets underway tonight and tomorrow night at 7:30 pm at the E Center. Saturday night Governor Jon Huntsman will actually get things started at 7:15 with a pre-ride. And Sunday is amateur day for adults and kids; if you think you might want to give racing a shot it isn't too late to sign up.

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