Sydneysider Andy Hughes has scored his biggest win in three years by storming to a thrilling superclass victory in the final round of the last stage of the BMXA BAD BOY National Series at Canberra BMX Club.
Hughes (LMX Bicycle Supercross) beat home training partner and reigning Australian elite champion Izaac Kennedy, and 2018 national champion Brandon Te Hiko, in a helter-skelter final that capped a stellar year of racing for the nation’s premier series.
Te Hiko wrapped up the overall series title.
In the corresponding women’s event, Jessica McCormack (Macarthur, NSW) backed up her win on Saturday to make it a clean sweep of superclass finals this weekend, defeating overall series winner Kiana Botfield and Paige Harding.
The weekend was a good one for McCormack who had focussed on her 17-24 years class throughout the year, before turning to the superclass event for the series’ final stage.
Hughes, 21, had a prolific junior career but has found winning at senior level much harder – showing promise racing in both Australia and the USA without landing on top of the podium.
“I haven’t got a win in a national round since I was a junior elite rider, so it’s been a little bit of a rough three years stepping up into the elite class. It’s slowly coming together,” Hughes said.
“I’ve done a few races overseas in America this year and I think I’ve got that experience and got a plan on race day to work out what I need to do and to stay consistent all day. I ended up doing it today and got the win in the final.
“It feels really good to grab a win finally and hopefully I can keep the ball rolling onto next year.”
By his own admission, Hughes was unimpressed with his performance yesterday and today was determined not to make the same mistakes again, winning all of his five races.
“In the final yesterday I was coming down the second straight behind (eventual winner) Max Cairns and I should have stayed behind him or on the inside of him but for some reason I went far left and I rode the second turn far too wide and that was pretty much my day done,” Hughes explained.
“I was in a great position, happy with second, with Max my training partner in front. I was happy to follow him around, then try and give him a run down the last straight but that silly mistake cost me the race. I wasn’t too impressed, and I wanted to try to make up for it.
“In the final today I came out of the first turn and just stuck to that righthand side so everyone behind me had to go the long way around. I didn’t want to make that same mistake again.”
The national series will return in 2020, with round one set down for Shepparton in Victoria on January 31.