Racing at the 2019 BMXA BAD BOY National Championships has kicked off in style with a big crowd enjoying the inaugural Pro Spectacular at Shepparton BMX Club.
Rising star Izaac Kennedy and veteran Leanna Curtis have scored the first big victories of the year’s premier Australian BMX event by taking out the superclass events of the inaugural Pro Spectacular.
Kennedy beat home another Queenslander on the rise, Matt Krasevskis, and experienced Victorian, Josh Callan, while Curtis proved too slick for a pair of juniors – Ashlee Miller and Des’Ree Barnes.
Joining Kennedy and Curtis as winners on the day were Kennedy’s coach Sean Dwight (30+ masters 20 inch) and Western Australian Catherine Hopkins (30+ women masters open wheel).
With the men’s superclass event run under the same format as the UCI Supercross World Cup – the world’s premier BMX series that will come to Shepparton next January and Bathurst in February – the event was a tremendous success and watched by a big crowd.
For 18-year-old Kennedy it was a stunning return from more than two months on the sidelines after suffering a badly broken hand during the first stage of the BMXA BAD BOY National Series in Sydney in February.
Kennedy was in superb form all afternoon and was over the moon with what he described as the biggest win of his professional career.
“I had a long 10 weeks off with a broken hand, so it was awesome to come back here and get the win in my first race back,” Kennedy said.
“It probably is my biggest win actually. My first year in elite. I guess it wasn’t an official elite race, but it’s all the same guys and so it is probably the biggest win so far.”
In the women’s event, Curtis entered the final as the red hot favourite and the 2016 elite women’s national champion delivered, albeit under immense pressure from Miller, the reigning national junior title holder.
“I could definitely feel Ashlee and I was feeling it,” Curtis said.
“I was started to burn up, trying to pull out of that last turn. It was really hard today and I could definitely feel her there. I really did think she was just going go straight past me but I managed to hold on.”
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Adding to the atmosphere was the BMXA initiative to partner a superclass rider with a sprocket for the afternoon, allowing the young rider and their parents to interact with the stars of the sport.
The sprockets partnered with the 16 finalists from the men’s and women’s races were able to ride a lap of the track with their new heroes after the event, while those who were paired with Kennedy and Curtis also took home a prize pack.
Thursday’s action will feature the sprocket racing and party, as well as the cruiser national championships. Racing begins at 1045am.
For the full event schedule, click HERE.