A rising star confirmed his arrival on the national elite men’s scene on the second day of stage three of BMX Australia’s BAD BOY National Series at the Ipswich West Moreton BMX Club.
Josh Boyton, who rides for Centenary Plains BMX Club and lives in Greenbank less than 30 kilometres from the Ipswich track, scored his first major win at the top level by claiming the elite men’s final on a thrilling day’s racing that featured almost 500 entrants from around Australia and New Zealand.
Joining Boyton as winners of the championship classes, in what is round two of the year’s Australian domestic UCI event series, were Leanna Curtis (elite women’s), Oliver Moran (men’s junior elite) and Ashlee Miller (women’s junior elite).
The wins for Boyton and Curtis earnt valuable points in the complex Olympic qualifying process.
As an official UCI endorsed event, the round offered riders the ability to win Olympic qualification points that in turn can earn quota spots for Australia for Tokyo 2020.
Once the qualification process finishes in 2020, the best-placed Australian riders will head to the Japanese capital for the Olympic Games themselves.
Boyton led a tight field out of the first berm in an exciting final and was never really headed, grabbing the win from Rio Olympian Bodi Turner and dual national elite champion Corey Frieswyk.
“That one, I knew it was a UCI race, and that was the main one I wanted to win,” Boyton said.
“I’ve been trying to chase my first elite final win for a while now and I felt really great taking the win today.
“I had a third yesterday (in the superclass event) as well, so I know I’m really consistent at the moment.
“All the hard work’s paid off I guess. It’s a really good feeling.”
In the men’s junior elite final, Manning Valley’s Oliver Moran put in a stunning performance for a dominant victory, bouncing back from a crash in the second moto that could have ended his day.
Moran proved too slick for standings leader Matthew Tidswell, who won all of his motos in style, and New Zealander Rico D’Anvers.
The women’s elite and junior elite events were contested across three motos, with no final, putting pressure on riders to get it right every time they sat on the gate.
In the elite event, Curtis backed up her win in yesterday’s superclass race by clean sweeping her laps to comfortably beat a pair of riders returning from major shoulder injuries – Sara Jones and Tyler-Lea Thorley.
In the juniors, Miller, the reigning national champion in the junior elite class, stormed to victory in her third moto to snatch the win on a countback from the current Australian 16yrs title holder Des’Ree Barnes.
Miller recorded two seconds and a win, with the prodigious Barnes netting a pair of wins and third in the final race.
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Attention now turns to the season’s biggest showpiece event, the 2019 BMXA Bad Boy National Championships in Shepparton, Victoria, from May 20-25, where the clash between Miller and Barnes is set to be a show-stopper.