An Aussie champ proves too good for a world class field, a W1 maintains the rage and two more titleholders defend their crowns at the 2019 BMXA BAD BOY National Championships.
More than 330 riders took to the track in Block 1 of the penultimate day’s racing at the Shepparton BMX Club and all eyes in the bumper crowd were on the 11 years boy’s race that featured the top three finishers at last year’s world championships and the reigning Australian champion.
Between them, W1 Tama Onekawa, W2 Bailey Mills, W3 Kyne Baird and 1A Cameron Gatt dominated the day’s early stages, setting the scene for a thrilling final, and one that didn’t disappoint.
Gatt got away with trademark speed but was challenged by the powerful Onekawa at the first berm, before the world champion went down, ending his chances of owning both the W1 and A1 plates at the same time.
From there the prodigious Gatt sped to his third straight national title, beating home Mills and Declan McGee.
After the race Gatt described the moment Onekawa, who bravely got back on his bike and finished the race, hit the concrete.
“It was just carnage, you went around the first corner and all you could hear was like two cars crashing together at full speed,” Gatt said.
Gatt was naturally excited after the race, congratulating his rivals with a hug.
“I’m definitely stoked for it,” he said.
“I just want to thank all my competition for being there otherwise I wouldn’t be the rider who I am now. I hope I can back it up next year.”
The ten-year-old has now set his sights on a world title, something Onekawa, Mills and Baird might also have more than a casual eye on.
“I’ve beaten all of them before so I wasn’t really that nervous, but I wish when I go to worlds this year I can get world 1,” Gatt said.
Not to be outdone by the riders a year older, 2018 world champion in the 9yrs event, Fraser Vaughan, showed a clean set of heels in the 10yrs boy’s to also claim a third straight national crown. Vaughan’s victory backed up his win in the 8-10yrs cruiser final on Thursday.
Joining Gatt and Vaughan in defending their Australian titles were Harvey Brooks (9yrs boy’s) and Alyssa Howat (11yrs girl’s), who both showed they have promising futures on a BMX track.
In other Block 1 events today:
For all today’s Block 1 RESULTS, click HERE.
Friday’s action continues with Block 2 (12,13 boy’s and girl’s, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49 male and female, 50+ male) racing from approximately 1220pm.
Saturday’s final day gets underway at 10am and features the older challenge classes and the championship events, where the elite women’s and men’s events will highlight proceedings.
*Please note all of the above times are strictly a guide only and are subject to change at short notice *