Western Australia’s Bradley Game and Queensland’s Sara Jones have finished atop the standings in the senior elite classes for the three UCI sanctioned rounds of the 2018 BMX Australia National Series. Meanwhile NSW riders Ashlee Miller and Nathaniel Rodway claimed the junior elite titles.
Consistency has paid off for Bradley Game from Wanneroo BMX Club and Sara Jones from Caboolture BMX Club, with the pair claiming overall victory in across the three UCI rounds of this year’s BMXA National Series.
This year’s national series was split into UCI and Superclass rounds for championship level classes.
Rounds one (Penrith BMX Club), two (Frankston BMX Club) and four (Nerang BMX Club) were all UCI sanctioned with their own point score. Meanwhile rounds three (Satellite City BMX Club), five (Cross Keys BMX Club), six (Tuggeranong BMX Club) and seven (Launceston BMX Club) were classified as Superclass rounds instead.
Accordingly, series champions for UCI and Superclass events will be crowned in 2018.
In the UCI standings, both Game and Jones came into the third and final round on Sunday July 21 leading the respective men and women’s standings. For Game there was less pressure, his series win was a fait accompli courtesy of a 161 buffer back to Joshua Boyton – his closest rival who had entered the Nerang round.
Watch more about Jones and Game in our highlights package from Sunday below!
On the women’s side of the ledger, Jones faced a terser scenario. The Queenslander had just a 34-point margin back to Castle Hill BMX Club’s Gemma-Lee Thomas and was 40 points ahead of 2018 elite women’s national champion Erin Lockwood.
Throw the return of world number four Saya Sakakibara into the mix (note: Sakakibara was ineligible for the title as she did not race all three UCI rounds), and Jones would need to fight hard to remain in charge of the title race.
Inevitably Jones finished third on the Gold Coast, with Sakakibara winning and Lockwood coming second. That result was enough to jump Lockwood into second overall in the standings. But Jones walked away on top – a nice way to finish off her season before she undergoes shoulder surgery.
Meanwhile in the elite men’s UCI series only the highest of drama at the third round on the Gold coast would stop Game from claiming the title. With another strong result of fifth in the bank, Game walked away as the victor.
In the junior classes it was Nathaniel Rodway who put together a two second’s and a third in the series to finish atop the standings. The Lake Macquarie BMX Club rider finished the UCI series with a 36-point margin over Nerang BMX Club’s Kyle Hill. New Zealander Cailen Calkin was in third, with Matthew Tidswell from the Cove BMX Club being the third Aussie in the series standings.
For Sydney’s Ashlee Miller, returning home to the shores of Coogee beach from the sunny Gold Coast will have been that much sweeter with the junior women’s national title in her back pocket.
Kiwi rider Jesse Smith finished second in the standings, while Pine Rivers BMX Club rider Courtney Stevenson and Jingili BMX Club’s Ellie Ascoli were the second and third Aussies in the standings.
With the UCI series now concluded, all attention will be on superclass racing for the final three rounds of the 2018 BMXA National Series.
Alex Cameron from Sydney BMX Club leads the men’s superclass standings, however a nasty crash a few weeks back will rule him out of contention for the remainder of the series. That leaves 16-years competitor Oliver Moran in control of the men’s title race. In the women’s series Southlake/Illawarra rider Leanna Curtis leads from Lockwood.
The next round of the national series will be held at Cross Keys BMX Club in Adelaide from August 18-19. You can enter that event here.