VIDEO: South Yorkshire speed demon Kurt revs up for Valentine’s date

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A young speed demon is hoping to wow his home crowd as he revs up for the Arenacross Tour’s pitstop in Sheffield tonight.

Kurt Griffiths, of Blyth, near Doncaster, will roar into the Motorpoint Arena among flames, laser lights and some of the world’s top riders.

The 12-year-old said he can’t wait to show off his skills - particularly following a win in last week’s main youth event in Glasgow.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” said the Serlby Park Academy student.

“Last year, I didn’t get what I wanted because I came fourth and I wanted to win.

“Tonight people are going to be watching me and giving me loads of support so I want to show them what I’ve got. I hope there’s a lot of people there because it’s going to be a great night.”

Kurt, a former Blyth Primary School pupil, first got into motocross when he was just five years old.

“My dad did it as a child and from the age of five I started,” he explained.

“I moved up and up, got more serious about it and started to really enjoy it. It just felt like a lot of fun more than anything else.

“We have to do a lot of training and we have to eat all the right foods.

“It’s a lot of training both on the bike and in the gym to make sure you are fit and healthy for your next race. It’s also important to get enough sleep.

“I have to avoid fatty foods but you can have a treat now and again.”

Some 3,000 tonnes of earth has transformed the arena into a dirt paradise in time for tonight’s event, which includes motocross racing, lights, lasers, fireworks, youth racing, freestyle motocross, music and crashes.

Kurt said: “It’s good - a really good vibe and music and everything. It’s really good fun and a great way to spend a Saturday night.”

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