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Steve Plater interviewing Sammy Miller

Steve Plater interviewing Sammy Miller

Day two of the 2013 International Dirt Bike Show continued the upward trajectory in terms of increased attendance, positive feedback from show-goers and exhibitors alike, more interactive entertainment than ever before, a centenary celebration, the appearance of newly-crowned World and British motocross champions, and the announcement of new team riders.

For the organising team at Mortons Media Group, the news that visitor numbers are continuing to rise proves that the subtle changes and additions to the show are working. The company has invested heavily in the Show, both financially and with manpower, and almost every department of the Lincolnshire-based exhibition and publishing house has had some form of involvement with the aim of working towards the 2013 edition retaining its mantle as Europe’s biggest and best-loved off-road exhibition.

Show fans have been eager to grab an autograph from back-to-back World MX2 champion Jeffrey Herlings and top British MX2 runner Jake Nicolls. Kristian Whatley proved to be the king of the British racetrack this year by winning the Maxxis ACU British championship, Red Bull Pro Nationals and AMCA British masters, and he was also on call at Stoneleigh Park today, as were new KTM UK signings Shaun Simpson, a 2013 World MX1 Grand Prix winner, and former 250cc European champ, Mel Pocock.

The Show also celebrated 100 years of the International Six-Day Trial/Enduro with a special centenary celebration in hall three, where riders from years-gone-by to current-day, gathered to reminisce and share their ISDT/E experiences. In the same hall, the legendary multi-British trials champion and all-rounder Sammy Miller was honoured with an 80th birthday presentation.

Focus now turns to the first day of the weekend with a guest appearance from the top Brit in World MX1, Tommy Searle, who will present the 2013 British Masters awards. Neville Bradshaw will make Red Bull Pro Nationals presentations and Steven Clarke will carry out a similar role for the AMCA.

The International Dirt Bike Show re-opens at 9.30am tomorrow, Saturday the 2nd of November and the Evoshock Moto Jumble will be open for business from 10.30am in hall five.