Challenge riders deliver in spades on first night of national BMX competition New faces, Australian champions and a handful of international riders have put on an impressive show at the first event of the 2017…
Challenge riders deliver in spades on first night of national BMX competition
New faces, Australian champions and a handful of international riders have put on an impressive show at the first event of the 2017 Australian BMX season for the Chambikx/Probikx UCI Series at Nerang BMX Club.
The elite classes were headlined by victory to Matthew Juster, who dedicated his performance to his late grandfather, and New Zealand rider Zoe Fleming. In the Junior Elite classes Saya Sakakibara continued her dominant form, while Josh Boyton was the best of the junior men.
On debut in the Chambikx Series Paige Harding claimed the win in the 14-years girl’s event, backing up a solid second place from the 2016 national Championships as a 13-year-old. In the boy’s corner 13-years national champion Buddha Baum won his event in cool fashion.
In the 15-year-old girl’s event it was prolific winner, and 14-years girl’s world champion Des’ree Barnes who proved again that come race day, she knows how to step up for victory. It was a different story in the 15-year-old boy’s event, as Victorian Tasman Wakelin finished no higher than second until he won the final, saving his fastest lap of the day for the decider.
Ashmore BMX Club’s Molly McGill was the form rider of the 16-years girl’s event, the world number two beating home NSW rider Ashlee Miller, world number five Jessie Smith of New Zealand was third. Meanwhile Australian 15-years champion Brad Shaylor won the 16-years class in impressive manner, reasserted his standing as the rider to beat among his peers.
In the 30+ masters class it was Queensland’s Michael Robinson who won the series opener, Luke Marsh and Sam Baber rounding out the podium positions. All three riders began the event in the same Moto group, finishing in the same order throughout the night.
Dirk Winter claimed the win in the 17-29 men’s class ahead of Hayden Jones and Levi Usher. Tegan McClellan won the 17+ women’s class.
With the first round of the Chambikx/Probikx Series done, attention turns to the Grands Assault National Series. Racing begins on Saturday January 7 at 9:45am AEST.