MESQUITE, Texas -- NewsFix was at the Mesquite Arena Thursday, getting a preview from two of the professional motorcycle racers who'll be competing this weekend at the Nitro ArenaCross tour.
"This is the first event of the whole entire season," said Doug Bland, managing partner of the Arena. "It kicks off their whole season here at Mesquite Arena."
"I've been riding motorcycles and racing them since I was four years old, and I'm 19 now," said racer Cheyenne Harmon.
"This event is actually a lot different from, you know, a normal event for me," fellow pro Chad Scogins said. "Way more exciting for the fans -- a lot tighter and closer racing."
"It's great to be here racing locally. I'm from Ovilla, Texas about 20 minutes south of here," Harmon said. "My favorite thing about racing, I just have to say... You're on your own, you know? It's just kind of a free thing, and you're getting to ride and jump."
Scogins agreed, "It can take any real-life problem away. It's unexplainable. You'd have to gear up and go ride."
And that's exactly what they'll be doing Friday and Saturday night.
"There'll be about 250 amateur and pro riders," said Bland. "Little kids 6, 7-years-old on 50cc motorcycles, all the way up to the pros on the 450's."
Gates open at 6pm Friday and Saturday, with racing set to start at 7:30. For more information, visit mesquitearena.com.