The final hurrah of the 2018 BMX Australia National Series is on our doorstep and nearly 200 riders from around Australia are heading to Tasmania’s Launceston BMX Club for a thrilling one-day spectacle of BMX racing.
COVER PIC: Riders lining up at the Tuggeranong gate for the sixth round of the 2018 BMX Australia BAD BOY National Series. (Pic courtesy of Squires BMX Shots)
For the first time in a long time the Apple Isle is getting a taste of top tier BMX action, with the final round of the 2018 national series wrapping up a nine month journey around the country.
Sharing the spotlight will be riders across a range of age groups and abilities, males and females who are all hoping of scoring a top national series result in the final stanza.
For some that will be victory, for others improving their lap times, getting a faster gate start or simply enjoying time with friends and family.
Leading the men’s superclass series is 16-year old Oliver Moran from Manning Valley BMX Club in NSW, who has a healthy lead over fellow NSW rider Rory McNamara from Terrigal BMX Club – he is just 15-years old.
However the speedy teenagers from NSW will have their work cut out for them, with experienced Victorian riders Max Cairns and Hayden Fletcher marking their national series superclass debut for 2018.
On the women’s side of the ledger, 2016 Australian women’s national champion, Leanna Curtis will be crowned the superclass champion for 2018, that’s beyond doubt. But in the hunt for second overall will be Castle Hill BMX Club’s Paige Harding and Batemans Bay BMX Club’s Leah Hearne.
Hearne currently sits second, while Harding is in fourth. Splitting the NSW teenagers is budding Queensland star, Des’ree Barnes from Beenleigh BMX Club. However, with Barnes not entered for this round, an opportunity has been presented to Harding, and now it’s up to her to take it.
Superclass aside, the majority of the action will be coming from the challenge classes which have a total of 188 entrants for this event. Riders from 8-years of age through to 50+ have been contesting the national series all year and this weekend’s event is one last hurrah for them.
To see the full riders list – CLICK HERE
President of Launceston BMX Club Michael Quill said he was very excited and proud that his club will be hosting a round of the national series.
“It’s a thrill for local riders to compete against the mainlanders. We don’t often have the opportunity to compete against the best in Australia, so it’s really great,” Quill said.
“It’s a great chance to compete against the rest of Australia’s riders and really test the Tassie team. We miss out on a lot of events, so it’s great to showcase Tasmania and Launceston.”
Throughout 2018, six clubs have presented impeccable tracks that had seen hours of time and plenty of effort go into preparing them. It’s been no different for the Launceston BMX Club who are ready put their track on show after months of waiting.
“It’s been a hard few months to get the track right and we have refurbished our berms with new bitumen so myself and the board are really excited to watch what happens,” Quill continued.
Before action gets underway, below are some key things to remember to help ensure that all your time and effort can be focused on what’s happening on the track.
Registration is open from 11am – 1:30pm AEDT. NOTE: This window is your only opportunity to register for the weekend. No Rego, No Racing.
Practice will begin at 12pm with our Sprocket Rockets wrapping up the session at 2:45pm.
Racing action will get underway with the first gate dropping at 3pm. All three motos are expected to be finished by 5:30pm.
The qualifiers will run from 5:45pm to 6pm before the national series gates drop for the final time at 6:15pm. The superclass division are expected to wrap up proceedings at 6:45pm.
For a full schedule of proceedings – CLICK HERE.
Age practice is for both 20” & Cruiser i.e. there will NOT be a specific cruiser practice time slot.
The above Moto times may change pending rider numbers and incidents outside of the BMXA event management’s control.
Presentation will be done as riders complete their respective finals across the finish line. ALL the above times are subject to change at short notice.
Any changes will be published on the BMXA event page – HERE.
Good luck to all riders and we look forward to wrapping up the year with you in Tasmania.