Club racing, a French import imparting crucial wisdom, Christmas parties and brothers battling for a Red Bull Pump Track World Championships spot, it’s Tales from the Berm by BAD BOY!
The Christmas period is upon us and with it comes aspirations of new bikes come the 25th, hope that the new year will bring even better results on track, and for many clubs around Australia the recent weeks have meant Christmas parties and celebrations of a job well done in 2019.
For Wanneroo BMX club in Western Australia, Friday the 13th was their lucky night to host their club trophy night, followed by their Christmas party on Sunday the 15th of December. As it happens, the club knew how to get members in the racing spirit, coordinating a visit from two-time men’s BMX world champion Joris Daudet of France to hold a coaching session just three days out from their trophy night.
But not just Wanneroo were on their A-game in having the French ace coaching on track, their visit came after Daudet spent time at Southside BMX Club, Hills BMX Club and Bunbury BMX Club, imparting the knowledge that has helped him compete in two Olympic Games and claim three USA pro titles. Participating in the sessions alongside Daudet was a pretty neat early Christmas gift.
Back to racing and trophy night was upon Wanneroo on Friday the 13th, and the club members were out to notch up a top result with the year drawing to a close.
With racing on offer for all, Friday’s racing came down to each rider’s pace around the track, participants divided into classes according to their lap speed. In the +60 second class Vanderlai de Souza won from Cameron Osborne and Zac Stewart. Those lapping sub 60 seconds were led by Talon Thompson, from Matthew Curchin and Lochlan Balcombe.
The speedsters in the -55 second class were headed by Levi Woodgate, Hudson Bailey and Zachary Cox. Ewan Miller topped the -45 second lappers, while Harry McBlane and Cole Viney followed in second and third. Charlotte Dunning sat atop the +50 second girls, which ran with the -60 second class.
Also taking to the track were sprocket and mini-wheeler riders, all having one last chance to show off their skills before racing recommences at Wanneroo on January 10.
The 13th night of December wasn’t just about the racing in Wanneroo, the club also held their Annual General Meeting (AGM) and welcomed a new committee ahead of 2020. Congratulations to all those elected to help lead the club for the upcoming year. With the formalities done, attention turned to the Christmas party.
Back on track, but out of sync with traditional racing, the first qualifier for the 2020 Red Bull Pump Track World Championships took place in Mt. Gambier SA over the weekend.
A battle of the brother’s Turner headlined the men’s event to see Wade Turner beat home 2016 Olympian and older brother Bodie by just a tenth of a second. It wasn’t just bragging rights that Wade took home post-race, he also pocketed a ticket to the Red Bull Pump Track World Championships, World Final. Third was Max Cairns, while local Matt Tidswell placed fourth.
In the women’s event Frankston BMX Club’s Marnie Williams was crowned queen of the Mt. Gambier pump track. Her win came after her closest challenger Jemma Heraper found the limit on her final run, crashing out in the final corner. Third in the women’s event was Blue Lake BMX Club’s Mercedes Scott, while Prue Harvey rounded out the top four. You can see the full results HERE.
Wanneroo BMX Club Trophy Night – Top 3 Results
+60 SECOND CLASS
-60 SECOND CLASS
-55 SECOND CLASS
-50 SECOND CLASS
-45 SECOND CLASS
+50 SECOND GIRLS
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