Two-time Australian champion Corey Frieswyk is eager to salvage an unusually winless season in the BMX National Series this weekend, when he lines up on the gate at Cairns BMX Club, the scene of his…
Two-time Australian champion Corey Frieswyk is eager to salvage an unusually winless season in the BMX National Series this weekend, when he lines up on the gate at Cairns BMX Club, the scene of his last major victory.
Comprising of the Chambikx/Probikx UCI and Grands Assault, the National Series has seen more than 330 entries across both events as riders chase down overall victory in the Chambikx/Probikx UCI series, and set up a strong standing in the penultimate Grands Assault event for the year.
More than 12 months has passed since Frieswyk stood atop the podium, that result coming in January 2016 when the rider from Mackay’s Walkerston BMX Club outsmarted now Olympian Bodi Turner to claim victory in the first race of the season.
With the Australian National Championships less than a month away, Frieswyk said he was hoping that Cairns would be something of a turning point in a season where he has been transitioning from a full time BMX rider to an athlete juggling work and training commitments.
“Last year’s race was a good one for me. I wasn’t the fastest, so it was a tactical move and it worked for me in the first corner and I rode a good lap,”Frieswyk said.
“I feel I am a tactical rider, but there are seven other guys on the gate in BMX, so it doesn’t always go to plan when they all have their agendas too.
“This season has been a real learning curve for me. I haven’t come in with a clear goal other than adjusting to full time work as well as riding. I am growing and learning how to balance work with my riding.
“I am planning on trying some big things in Cairns and at nationals, I want to come out and be super aggressive and get the win.”
In contrary to the Frieswyk’s up and down form, 14-year-old Shannon Petre will make her home-track debut in the National Series this weekend.
The youngster has had an impressive showing in her first season, in the series that has groomed the likes of dual Olympians Caroline Buchanan and Lauren Reynolds in past years.
Petre sits first in the 14-years girl’s Grands Assault National Series after winning the first three rounds, and second in the Chambikx series behind talented Sydney-based rider Paige Harding.
While Petre may have her work cut out to peg back the gap to Harding in the final round of the Chambikx series, finishing atop the standings is still within her grasp. Undoubtedly she will come into that race buoyed by her recent clean-sweep of the Chambikx, Grands Assault and Oceania Championships events in Bathurst, NSW at the beginning of March.
Come Sunday, the local rider will be the favourite to make it four from four wins in the Grands Assault series, where the champion in each class will be awarded a trip to the USA BMX Race of Champions and Grand Nationals in November of this year.
The fourth round of the BMX Australia National Series will commence on Saturday April 1 with the Chambikx/Probikx UCI event, which begins at 3:30pm local time.
Sunday’s Grand Assault National Series will commence racing at 9.45am local time.