The 2019 BMXA BAD BOY National Championships at Shepparton BMX Club are rapidly approaching and plenty of ‘A’ plate holders looked good in preparation this weekend. It’s the Tales from the Berm!
COVER PIC: South Australia’s Imogen Healy racing at Stage 1 of the 2019 BMX BAD BOY National Series – Sydney BMX Club (pic courtesy of Get Snapt).
The ground work for the biggest annual BMX event on Australian soil is underway and riders from around the country made their way to the Shepparton BMX Club over the weekend for first-hand experience of the new track before the national championships commences on May 20.
More than 400 riders competed at the Shepparton Open and many of them were sporting an ‘A’ plate on their whips. Whether it had a #1 or an #8, these riders meant business and were eager to try out the track before they defend their position on the Aussie age rankings.
First out of the gate is someone looking to win their first ‘A’ plate on home soil. Happy Valley’s Kade McNamara, who won the 8-boy’s class in style is banging down the door for competitive racing in the country after getting the #W8 at worlds last year in Baku, Azerbaijan.
In the 10-boy’s, Reegan Shafter from Knox BMX Club had a spectacular day on track and is jumping at the opportunity to improve on his #7A from nationals last year. This is a similar story for Jesse Paul from Gawler who won the 11-boy’s class on the weekend with the #4A on show.
One of the races to watch at nationals will be the 11-girl’s with #2A Stephanie Alexander from Knox eager to find the top spot on the podium after winning comfortably last weekend.
Another to watch will be the 12-boy’s class. Defending national champion Cameron Gatt (#1A) and world no.2 Bailey Mills went bar for bar over the weekend with Gatt coming out on top and come nationals, the pair will have the crowd on their feet.
Up to her usual form was Imogen Healy from Tea Tree Gully, who blitzed the 12-girl’s class and will be the rider to beat when the gates drop at nationals. Joining Healy on the South Australian train is Shae Archbold (The Cove) in the 13-girl’s class. On the weekend, the #1A rider took on the boy’s class and finished third on their podium. Nice one Shae!
After winning the 12-boy’s last year in Bunbury, Terrigal’s Noah Elton went on to compete at the worlds in Baku. Walking away with the #W6, Elton is hunting the national title again and showed he means business with a competitive win on the weekend in the 13-boy’s class.
Another rider hunting a higher plate number at nationals is Maitland Tenambit’s Lachlan Moore. Finishing sixth last year, Moore showed on the weekend he is ready to rumble, and the 15-boy’s class will be a race to watch for sure.
Happy Valley’s Tia Banyer had a pitch perfect weekend winning every moto in the 15-girl’s to sit atop the points based competition. With the #7A plate on her bike, there’s no doubt Banyer will be seeking a stronger number this year.
Competition never tires as riders grow older and for the 40-44 men’s class, this was clearly the case. Beenleigh’s Darren James was clinical on the weekend and there’s no doubt he’s looking forward to another bout with the other competitive men in his class.
Like every BMX event, there are riders looking forward to finding the top of the podium, and there are others just eager to be on the gate. The 47 sprockets and mini-wheeler classes at Shepparton on the weekend were no different and they loved getting their share of the action.
Continuing on from his stellar form in stages one and two of the 2019 BMXA BAD BOY National Series, Shepparton’s Hayden Fletcher added another podium finish to his tally after winning the men’s superclass.
Going bar-for-bar with Wade and Bodi Turner, Fletcher proved too good in the final, ensuring that the home dirt rider is a favourite for the elite men’s national championship title.
There were some other incredible results over the weekend – they can be found HERE.
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The Shepparton Open wasn’t the only event on show over the weekend. Below are the rest of the results from the weekend.
Oxley Cycles Shootout Rd 4 – Ashmore BMX Club – CLICK HERE
Sarina Classic – CLICK HERE
Southside Round 1, Week 4 – CLICK HERE
Macarthur SS Rd 2 – CLICK HERE
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