Crusty Demons to demo at NT ASBK
Hidden Valley racegoers will be treated to an exclusive series of Crusty Demons freestyle motocross (FMX) demonstrations when the QBE Australian Superbike Championships take to the ‘Top End’.
Riders will take action to new heights, showcasing a series of the sport’s most exciting tricks.
Jackson ‘Jacko’ Strong, Matty McFerran, Robbie Marshall and Australia’s first female FMX rider Emma McFerran will ride three daily shows across the weekend, showcasing the daredevil style that has made the Crusty Demons one of the world’s most prolific action sports brands.
Freestyle motocross has evolved from a pastime to a multi-million dollar industry, and riders’ success hinges on fitness, discipline, flexibility and self-belief.
The demonstration will offer Territorians a chance to see 2011 X Games Gold medallist Jackson Strong in action before he returns to his US base to defend his Best Trick title.
At just 20 years of age, Strong is the youngest of the group, but has been part of the Crusty family since the tender age of 13.
He was the youngest rider to backflip a motorcycle on the 2007 Crusty Demons Unleash Hell tour, and strives to continually push boundaries in the popular sport.
2012 is shaping up as another competitive year for the young rider who said he was looking forward to performing at Hidden Valley.
“I love going up to Darwin, the last time we were there was for a Crusty Tour in 2010 and the crowd was great, they don’t get to see too much of this stuff so the more we can take to them the better,” said Strong.
“We’re really excited about the demo’s, there’s a good bunch of riders and we’re all keen to give fans the show we can.
“For me it will be really interesting to be part of a Superbike event. I ride dirt bikes everyday but rarely get a chance to stop and check out any kind of racing.
“These guys are the best riders there is and it’s going to make for a great weekend.”
Emma McFerran has followed in the footsteps of her brother and is turning heads world-wide as she shows that FMX is not just for the boys.
Her career has soared since her appearance on the Crusty Demons Thirst 4 Destruction tour, and she’s been working as hard as ever to take her riding to a new level.
“It’s been a year since my last Crusty tour and a lot has changed over that time,” said McFerran.
“I had some time off the bike to have a full shoulder re-construction, and for the last 6 months have just been riding as much as I can.
“I’ve never been to Darwin before so that will be a great experience, it’s going to be fun riding as part of the Superbike round.
“I love being the only girl riding FMX, the boys give me a lot of help and have really helped me grow as a rider.”
Between them, Matty McFerran and Robbie Marshall boast over 25 years FMX experience, and are proven crowd pleasers.
Both list the ‘whip’ – a backwards twist of the motorcycle mid-air – as their favourite trick, and will throw down a variety of variations alongside backflips, supermans and seat grabs.
McFerran is one of Australia’s most established riders, taking part in up to 100 shows per year at national exhibitions and events.
Marshall is also a mainstay of the sport, making headlines earlier this year as he backflipped over a helicopter and F1 car at Avalon Airport as a prelude to the Crusty Cup at the F1 Grand Prix.
Crusty Demons Demonstration Schedule
10.45am – 11.05am – Shenannigans Hill
1.15pm – 1.35pm – Pit Straight
3.40pm – 4pm – Shenannigans Hill
9.35am – 9.55am – Shenannigans Hill
12.55pm – 1.15pm – Shenannigans Hill
3.10pm – 3.30pm – Pit Straight