A host of Australia’s 2018 world titles finalists have stamped their authority on the 2019 BMXA BAD BOY National Championships as the cruiser events were decided.
The cream rose to the top across several events with a bunch of finalists from last year’s world championships in Baku claiming Australian titles at the Shepparton BMX Club.
Western Australian Jordan Callum, racing in the 15-16 years boy’s event, won his fourth straight national cruiser crown to compliment the W2 plate he won in the 13-14yrs event at last year’s world championships.
A ‘W’ plate is the honour afforded a finalist at the most recent world championships and the ‘W’ is complimented by the place the competitor finished in that final.
Callum said he had prepared well leading into the trip to Shepparton and was in good form all day.
“I was pretty confident going into the race, I had first pick, picked lane one and just focused on my gate start,” Callum said.
“I got out in front and just tried to hold it from there.”
Callum said he was proud to have claimed a fourth consecutive A1 plate.
“It’s my fourth one in a row but the first one I’ve won from the start so that’s even better,” he said.
Callum will now set his sights on his maiden national 20 inch title, despite the fact he is the reigning world 20 inch champ for his age.
Joining Callum as a current 20 inch world champ and 2019 Australian cruiser champion were Portia Eden (11-12yrs girl’s) and Fraser Vaughan (8-10yrs boy’s).
Others riding with a world cruiser plate who won their domestic title, included Sandy Cameron (W3 – women’s 50+yrs), who also won the Australian title last year, and Tahlia Marsh (W5 – 15-16yrs girl’s).
Cameron Gatt, who was fifth at last year’s worlds in the 8-10yrs event, almost joined them, finishing second behind Preston Murray in a thrilling 11-12yrs race.
Riders that defended their Australian cruiser title today, included:
In other interesting results, Clare McNamara beat her younger sister Erin across the line to take out the women’s 17-24yrs race, while 1995 national elite men’s champion Kamahl Lord won a super competitive men’s 40-44yrs final from defending champ Jade McPherson and W7 plate holder Malcolm Yeardley.
For all today’s RESULTS, click HERE.
Alongside all the thrilling cruiser racing were 73 little sprockets in the 5-7 years age brackets who each enjoyed four motos around the challenging Shepparton track.
Friday’s action on the track kicks off with Block 1 (8 – 11 boy’s and girl’s) warm up at 7am, with racing starting an hour later. Block 2 (12,13 boy’s and girl’s, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49 male and female, 50+ male) warm up begins at midday, with racing from 1pm.
*Please note all of the above times are strictly a guide only and are subject to change at short notice *