ALMOST 300 riders are gearing as Weymouth Beach Motocross returns tomorrow, after it was cancelled last year due to the pandemic.

Huge crowds are expected as a total of 269 riders across different racing categories will put pedal to the metal - negotiating a course of jumps and bumps along the beach.

Parts of The Esplanade and Custom House Quay will be temporarily closed on Sunday during the Weymouth Beach Motocross between 9am and 5pm - from the Pavilion Car Park up to the small roundabout next to Weymouth Pavilion.

The event will be held on Sunday, October 10, from 10am to 5pm. There will also be a demonstration today (Saturday, October 9) from 3pm.

Weymouth Beach will be transformed into a motocross course which will see three classes of riders - expert, senior and junior - participate in two races each. A few professional riders are also expected to take part.

The motocross event, which first came to the town in 1984, has become popular in the town, and riders and spectators alike have said they are excited to see it return after it was cancelled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.