Catch up on all the action that went down during round three of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Series.
Rio Olympic finalist Anthony Dean and rising star Saya Sakakibara have finished the third round of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup both coming away with a fifth place in Papendal, the Netherlands, overnight.
In the lead up to the finals, South Australia’s Dean came second in the quarters and semi’s while Sakakibara from New South Wales came third in the quarters before coming second in the semi’s behind local hero Laura Smulders.
Into the finals and in the women’s elite race, it was a battle between Alise Willoughby and Laura Smulders with the latter winning her third gold medal in as many rounds. For the men’s, it was another hometown hero taking the win with Niek Kimmann toppling rival Joris Daudet from France.
Returning to the world cup stage after over a year away from it is a great feeling and even though Dean started the day off slow, he was very pleased to find his groove and make it all the way to the final.
“I’m really happy that I made the final, but I know that I am capable of a podium result,” Dean said.
“My coach Wade Bootes and I have a plan and alongside the improvement, we are excited to see that all is on track.”
After winning a bronze and silver medal from the first two rounds of the world cup series, Sakakibara is really happy with her result and enjoyed the sunny conditions Papendal has to offer.
“After a pretty messy start to my race I was really happy with my result and the chance I get to go up against these super-fast girls is awesome,” Sakakibara said.
“It was really good to get in the mix with the world champion, the world cup leader and the Olympic champion and racing with these girls to continue developing is exactly what I came to Europe for.”
After her race today, Sakakibara now sits second on the UCI standings and will be looking forward to continuing her success in the series.
Alongside Sakakibara, Harriet Burbidge-Smith was our other Australian female rider and her day ended at the 1/8 final stage.
The other Australian results today include Sakakibara’s brother Kai missing out on the semi-final round by coming fifth in the quarter-final, Izaac Kennedy, Max Cairns and Brandon Te Hiko all made their exit in the 1/8 final stage. Andrew Hughes, Shane Rosa and Jye Hombsch did their best to get through their races but their day ended after the 1/16 final stage.
Looking ahead for the next round which starts at 2pm local time/ 10pm AEST this evening. The Australian contingent will be making sure that everything is in order before they attack the track once more at Papendal.
“We have 3 more world cups over the next 8 days and our eyes are set on that big win,” Dean said.
“For tomorrow I’ll be heading into it just like any other race day keeping calm and enjoying it at all times,” Sakakibara said.
Be sure to tune in when our Aussie riders hit the track again tonight from 10pm AEST.
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You can also find the schedule for the day HERE.