There were 44 riders representing TeamAUSBMX on day 2 of the world championships, and every single one of them gave it all their all, battling their fellow competitors and scorching temperatures. Here’s what happened.
Another day of world championship racing and Australia have bagged themselves another handful of world plates. Cameron Gatt from Geelong, Stephanie Alexander from Knox, Amelia Stichbury from Tuggeranong and Molly Williamson from Redlands, all made it to their respective finals and were pushed to the limit on an extremely competitive day.
Making it to his second world championship final in as many days was national champion, Gatt. Competing in the 11-boy’s, the Victorian had a point to prove after his eighth-place cruiser final the day before, and he was heard loud and clear finishing fourth out of 164 riders.
Competing in two whirlwind days of worlds can leave any rider exhausted, but the youngster came away proud of what he had achieved.
“In my final I was last out of the gate, but I managed to swoop everyone in the first corner holding my line from there to get the fourth place,” Gatt said.
“I was really happy with my performance throughout the day. I managed to get first in every one of my races before the finals and I was really impressed with myself.
“The last two days have been tough. I hurt my wrist and my shoulder (on day one), but they felt good today and I was really happy with my fourth place.”
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Joining Gatt as a 20inch world championship finalist was fellow national champion from Victoria, Alexander. The 10-girl’s rider was producing clean laps ahead of the final and gave everything she had left in the tank to finish sixth.
The 9-girl’s class had Aussie supporters screaming trackside as Tuggeranong’s Stichbury and Redlands’ Williamson competed together to find themselves world plates. ACT’s national champion came seventh, while the Queenslander came in eighth.
There were many Aussie riders competing in day two as a current world champion or world plate holder. Unfortunately, their days didn’t go as planned.
One such rider who showed exceptional bravery was reigning world champion Fraser Vaughan (10-boy’s), who battled through the motos following a nasty crash in practice, only to be eliminated in the 1/16 finals and left unable to defend his world title.
Joining Vaughan were two more Aussies who arrived in Belgium as current world champions for their age, Tama Onekawa (11-boy’s) and Portia Eden (12-girl’s).
Onekawa crashed in his 1/8 final and Eden was pushed off the first straight in the 1/4 final resulting in the pair missing out on donning a world plate in 2020.
Vaughan, Onekawa and Eden are extremely talented young riders though and will be determined to return to the top next year.
Also missing out on the opportunity to defend their world plates were Bayside’s Bailey Mills (world no.2 11-boy’s), Terrigal’s Kyne Baird (world no.3 11-boy’s) and Maryborough’s Teya Rufus (world no.3 13-girl’s). All three were looking like making it to their respective finals but just fell short in their semis.
To relive the action from day 2 – CLICK HERE
To see the full list of Australia’s results – CLICK HERE
The next chapter of the 2019 UCI BMX World Championships takes place from 4:45pm AEST on Thursday July 25. 20-inch male riders aged 12-16 will be joined by their female counterparts aged 14-16, 17-24 + 25 & over.
The support so far from the BMXA family has been phenomenal and is no doubt making a huge impact on our members who are flying the Aussie flag in Europe.