The national champ is chomping for some world cup action this weekend.
The seventh and eighth rounds of the 2019 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup are this weekend (September 14-15) at the Rock Hill Supercross Track in South Carolina and Australia will have 10 representatives taking on the best of the best.
Making his first appearance in this year’s world cup is Australia’s elite men’s national champion Izaac Kennedy.
His last appearance was in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium in round 5 of the 2018 series, where he made the semi-final, but unfortunately came down breaking his collarbone in the process.
Recovering from his injury, the 18-year old has had a stellar 2019, dominating the national championships in Shepparton and continuing his strong run of form with a second place in the ninth round of the 2019 Tangent Pro-Am Series in Desoto, Texas last weekend behind Frenchman Romain Mahieu and ahead of USA Olympian Nic Long.
Looking ahead to this weekend, the Queenslander can’t wait to return to the world cup stage and is looking forward to banging bars with the best going around.
“I’m feeling really good at the moment,” Kennedy said.
“I came over a couple days ago and picked up that second place at the Pro-Am. I’ve had two days practice on the Rock Hill track, and it is hot.
“It got to 37 degrees today and the heat and humidity won’t change this weekend. I’ve just got to make sure I go for my recovery rides and keep pouring water all over me.”
Competing on the biggest world stage, the 2019 UCI BMX World Championships in Zolder, Kennedy qualified for the 1/8 finals where he finished third before coming down in the quarter finals. In testing and tricky conditions, Kennedy was happy with his performance and has a point to prove.
“Winning nationals was awesome and my performance at worlds wasn’t terrible,” Kennedy said.
“It was an okay result and there was plenty to build off it. My goal this weekend is to do a lot better and get into the mains like I did last year in Zolder.”
While this will be Kennedy’s first world cup appearance this season alongside Max Cairns, and Kyle Hill’s and Rachel Gaskin’s first ever, Australia’s other top tier riders have been competing on the world cup stage since the first two rounds in Manchester in April.
Leading the way in the standings for the Aussie men is Kai Sakakibara, sitting in ninth on 340 points and Rio Olympic finalist Anthony Dean, who is on 230 points.
In the women’s standings, WA’s Lauren Reynolds is currently sitting tenth on 345 points while the 2018 world cup silver medallist Saya Sakakibara is sitting just behind her in 11th on 325 points.
The top three for both the men’s and women’s can be seen below.
Men’s 2019 World Cup Standings
Women’s 2019 World Cup Standings
Action commences with round seven on Saturday at 7am AEST with the main event expected to start at 9:05am. Round six will occur the next day with the exact same times.
Live streaming of the event will be released closer to the date across BMXA’s media platforms.
The full Australian contingent this weekend can be seen below.
Take a look at the previous rounds and their wraps – HERE
Race week in Rock-Hill! 🇺🇸
The 2019 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup continues with Round 7 & 8 taking place over Saturday and Sunday. Stay tuned for plenty of BMX racing!
Posted by UCI BMX Supercross on Tuesday, September 10, 2019