By Adam Duckworth

American Supercross star Josh Hansen, is to race in the British Arenacross series which kicks off in Manchester on January 2. It's the first time a major US star has decided not to race the AMA series in favour of the fast-growing British championship.

Hansen, the son of former US champion Donnie Hansen, will ride a Kawasaki KXF450 for the LPE team and said: "I'm pumped at the prospect of a new challenge and at competing in the UK. I know the guys back home just won't get it and that will drive me on even more. I see the Arenacross series as going places and I want to be a part of that. I reckon that after this, the gates will open and the British series will be flooded with Americans!"

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The 31-year-old Hansen will contest the full 11-round series and will face competition form likes of former US Suprercross champ Mike Brown who will ride a Husqvarna for a team run by MOTO magazine's test ace Dave Willet.