The Australian contingent competing in the second round of the 2019 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup at the National Indoor BMX Arena were unsuccessful in qualifying for the respective men and women’s finals after showing…
The Australian contingent competing in the second round of the 2019 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup at the National Indoor BMX Arena were unsuccessful in qualifying for the respective men and women’s finals after showing convincing results in the earlier stages.
The BMX track in Manchester last held a world cup round in 2016 and it was Canberra’s Caroline Buchanan who was standing on the top of the women’s podium.
Three years on, Australia’s biggest chance of a podium came from Buchanan’s Rio Olympic teammate, Anthony Dean, and 2020 Olympic hopeful Kai Sakakibara.
Making it to the semi-finals, Dean didn’t get the ever-important gate start he wanted and couldn’t catch up to progress through to the final, while Sakakibara needed a bike length more in the semis to qualify.
The men’s podium had Great Britain’s home dirt hero Kye Whyte on top, with 2018 world cup champion Niek Kimmann in second and Columbia’s Alejandro Diego Arboleda Ospina in third.
Wanting to mirror her performance from the first round – Read that report HERE – Western Australia’s Lauren Reynolds was looking strong up until the quarter-finals where, on the final berm, she came down alongside another competitor, ending her weekend.
Due to a heavy fall in the women’s semi-final yesterday (round one), Saya Sakakibara was ruled out of competing in round two, allowing the Australian number one to fully recover.
The women’s final had USA’s Alise Willoughby looking comfortable in front, with world no.1 Laura Smulders close behind, but a mistake from Willoughby on the final berm saw the pair lose the lead.
France’s Manon Valentino took the win from Russia’s Natalia Afremova and Ruby Huisman from The Netherlands.
In other Australian results, Queensland’s Matt Krasevskis impressed, reaching the quarter-finals, while South Australia’s Shane Rosa finished in the 1/16 final alongside the Victorian pair of Shepparton’s Hayden Fletcher and Geelong’s Brandon Te Hiko.
BMX Australia’s National Coaching Manager Luke Madill was blown away by the depth of talent that these world cup events bring and said the Aussie riders should be proud of how they performed.
“The depth in the field is just crazy,” Madill explained.
“From the qualifying rounds to the final, every race is like a final in the world cup.
“The racing is so unpredictable at the moment. You can’t guess who will be in the top eight. There were guys on the podium in round one (yesterday) who weren’t even in the final for round two today.
“But our Aussies held their own with some making the semi-finals which is no small feat on this track.
“It’s only a matter of time before more of our riders are getting into the top eight. Lauren did really well this weekend with some bad luck today.
“Saya is resting but showed that she’s up there with the best, while the world got to see Matt Krasevskis and the talent he has. The rest of the guys just need some experience.
“Hopefully our guys will get more experience at these races and hopefully we will see them on the podium in the future,” Madill concluded.
The world cup now makes its way to Papendal in the Netherland on May 11 and 12 for rounds three and four of the 10-round series.
The last time an Australia found the podium there was Sam Willoughby back in 2014.
Watch the action from the Mains (Round 2) below!