News 17 Jan 2018

Heavy-hitters confirmed for 2018 Farm Jam

Bereman, Sheehan and Hill in for NZ two-wheeled action sports event.

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The 2018 Farm Jam rider line-up is now the biggest and best ever, with FMX and free-riding legends Tyler Bereman, Josh Sheehan and Jimmy Hill confirming their attendance to the New Zealand event on 3 February.

Whip and freeriding phenomenon Bereman, 26, has never visited Australasia and is excited to travel to New Zealand for an opportunity to ride the Frew’s freeriding paradise in Southland.

“I’ve watched the Farm Jam videos from the past two events and I’ve been hanging to come down and check it out in person,” said Bereman. “I was fortunate enough to receive an invitation and I’m so stoked to have the opportunity to come down, hang with the boys, see how the Kiwis do it, and ride my dirt bike in one of the most beautiful settings in the world.”

Hill grew up riding dirt bikes in a small Californian ranch town and is excited to ride in a similar setting on the opposite side of the globe: “I can’t wait to get over there and enjoy the bikes, sights and smells of New Zealand, paired with the ridiculous freeride course. I’m looking forward to collaborating with the local riders as well – like minds will combine and make for a great time and creative riding.”

Australia’s former Red Bull X-Fighters champion and multi-time X Games medalist Sheehan’s confirmation will mark his first time featuring at the Farm Jam since winning the contest seven years ago in 2011.

Farm Jam organiser Dan Frew is excited to have the FMX field bolstered by some of the world’s biggest names in freestyle and freeriding.

“We always have loads of interest from Australian and New Zealand riders, but Tyler and Jimmy will be the first American to ride Farm Jam FMX, and we’re absolutely stoked to have Sheeny back to see what he can bring to the FMX course,” he explained. “It’s going to be amazing to watch these guys rip up the hills – the spectators are going to be in for a hell of a show.”

Held at the bottom of New Zealand’s spectacular South Island, the Farm Jam combines natural-terrain freestyle motocross, BMX and mountain-bike dirt-jumping. The contest was held annually until 2014 – now biennially – and attracts thousands of passionate spectators and some of the world’s biggest names in two-wheeled action sports to each event.