COVER PIC: Westside have also announced their first ever development squad, featuring weekend winners Billy Summerville, Jake Poat, and Alyssa Howat. (Image courtesy Westside BMX Club Facebook page)
The Western Australian BMX state titles might still be another 12-weeks away, but that didn’t stop 412 enthusiastic riders making their way to the Hills BMX Club in outer-Perth suburb of Lesmurdie on the weekend for round seven of the BMXWA Super Series.
During the event 11 different clubs had a rider grab first place (participation classes not included), but it was Perth stronghold Westside BMX club who had the most wins with six of their riders crossing first. Hot on their heels were the host club and Southside BMX Club, with five victories apiece.
Among the winners for Westside was Koby Ratajczak who came into round seven of the series in second place in the Super Series standings for the 12 & Under Boy’s Cruiser class. After missing round two of the series earlier this year, the youngster put together a fourth-consecutive round of being the top point scorer in his class and has now created a tantalising battle with Rhys Hardaker, who headed the standings prior to the weekend.
Ratajczak also picked up a third place in the 11 Boy’s 20-inch race, which was won by clubmate and series leader Billy Summerville. Fellow Westside rider Matias Harris was second to make it a trifecta for the club in that event.
In the 13-14 Cruiser class it was sixth-ranked rider in the series Jacob Goddard who collected the win, adding to Westside’s tally across the weekend.
An even bigger result came for Jake Poat in the 8 Boy’s class. After being one of the top point scorers across the first five rounds of the series, he missed round six. He made his track return at Hills BMX on the weekend to win for Westside and lead home Cody Steele from Southside BMX Club and Rockingham BMX Club’s Jack Malone. Amazingly Steele and Malone were separated by just 0.05 of a second!
Meanwhile in the 11 Girl’s class Westside’s Alyssa Howat continued her good form to take the win and maintain her Super Series points lead over fellow Westside members Maddison Aldersea and Jessica Bickley. In the 12-13 Boy’s class Jared Lloyd picked up another of Westside’s wins.
Overall other clubs to pick up wins at the event were Rockingham and Bunbury BMX Club’s with three wins apiece, Wanneroo, Byford and Cockburn with two wins. Northam, East Pilbara and Mandurah BMX Club’s all collected one win each.
Mackay Pioneer BMX Club host BMX North Queensland North Zone Titles
North Queensland riders were out and about on Saturday July 7, with the BMX North Queensland zone titles raging on at Mackay Pioneer BMX Club. In total 122 riders from the tight-knit north Queensland BMX zone got together for the event.
Of the top results, the host club took home a win in the 10 Boy’s class at the hands of #3NQ Bailey Smith as he got to the line ahead of Moranbah BMX Club’s Rhys Elliot and Walkerston’s Tyler Skaines.
Good luck to all of our Mackay Pioneer BMX Club riders today 😎
In the 11 Girl’s race it was a Mackay Pioneer’s Indiana Menzies who beat home clubmates Georgia Bickford and Emmie Crotty. When it came to the 14 Boy’s race, the hosts scored a one-two result with Jackson English and Kai Sanim crossing first and second.
When it came to Superclass racing, Max Jansen was victor in the men’s event. Clubmate Cooper Comerford was third to make it a strong day for Mackay, while in the corresponding women’s event Isabelle Bartolo was the top Mackay rider in second place.
There was also Cruiser class joy for the hosts as Brock de Silva won the 13-14 Boy’s class, Craig Larcombe the 40-44 Men’s class.
Get ready for Nerang
Racing for round four of the 2018 BMXA National Series might be a fortnight away, but the local club are in full swing preparing for the round!
They ran a race night last Friday and a couple of riders eyeing success at their home National Series round were on song.
In the 10-11 Girl’s race Cheralee White beat home Abi Asmus and Charlotte Guy from neighbouring club Ashmore. White sits equal ninth in the 11 Girl’s National Series standings (with the Northern Territory’s Imogen Goldspink from Big Rivers BMX Club) after racing just round one in Penrith.
Meanwhile Asmus is third in the rankings for that age group, while Guy is set to make her first appearance in the 2018 National Series. Watch these three when we land on the Gold Coast for the July 21-22 event!
In the 14+ Expert event there was plenty of range as 16 Boy’s competitor Kai Angel took out the win ahead of 14 Boy’s National Series leader Tristan Scott and Tyiler Barnes. Come two weekend’s time, Barnes will be another making his National Series debut. He will do so in an ultra-competitive elite men’s class that includes reigning national champion Brandon Te Hiko as well as former Aussie champs Kai Sakakibara (2017) and Corey Frieswyk (2013, 2015).
Also taking charge on Friday night was Pine Rivers’ Lincon Botfield who won the 12-13 Expert class, and will no doubt hope to be picking up another win during the round four of the National Series in order to extend his lead. Second in class on Friday night was Isabella Schramm, Bailey Seckold third – the same place he occupies in the standings of the 11 Boy’s class in the National Series rankings after contesting two of three rounds so far.
Final result – The BMX Ninja!
Daniel Walker from the Hawkesbury Hornets BMX Club absolutely smashed the Australian Ninja Warrior course on Sunday night. Check out his efforts below!