Our youngest competitors put everything on the line to make a magnificent start to a day of BMX racing.
The second last day of the 2018 National Championships has kicked off in spectacular fashion with riders aged eight to 11 showing the excitable crowd their skill and talent on the bike at the Bunbury BMX Club, Western Australia.
With windy conditions greeting competitors, the already technical track had another element of difficulty added to it. But that was no deterrent to the 313 riders who trekked 180km to the south of Perth to battle it out, and shoot for one of eight places on offer atop the podium during the morning.
It was a successful morning for New South Wales rider Jeorjia Kelson who despite coming second in all of her moto’s for the 8-years-girls, stepped up to the challenge in the final and claimed her first Australian title.
Comprehensively winning all his moto’s Harvey Brook’s was the toast of the 8-years-boys, the Knox BMX Club rider grabbing his first 1A plate. No doubt he will have intentions of winning many more in the years to come.
Pine Rivers rider and defending champion Fraser Vaughan was up to his winning ways again making it back-to-back victories in the 9-years-boys showdown. Close on his back wheel was Zane Ratajzcak who tried all sorts of moves to attempt a come from behind victory and put pressure on Vaughan. However, Ratajzcak had to settle for a well fought second.
It was a similar story in the 9-years-girls. Reigning Aussie champ Sophia Preston from Ipswich West Moreton BMX Club was up against Macarthur BMX Club, and world ranked seven rider Isla Basa. The pair put on a magnificent show but it was Preston who managed to retain her plate for another year.
The 10-years-girls was a must watch for the spectators with defending champion Jasmine Standish (Suncoast Hinterland BMX Club), #2A Maddison Aldersea and #3A Alyssa Howat (both Westside BMX Club) all chasing the holy grail, #1A.
Their pursuit delivered in spades and amazingly, last year’s podium was reversed. Howat snatched the top spot away from a competitive Standish. Aldersea retained her #2A and will have another dig next year in the 11-years-girls.
Continuing on from the fantastic 10 girls race, the 10 boys didn’t disappoint and with world ranked number two and three, Bailey Mills (Bayside BMX Club) and Cameron Gatt (Geelong BMX CLub), the crowd were in for a treat. Charging for the finish line, it was the Gatt who got the job done ahead of Mills, and Benjamin Schramm from Ashmore BMX Club.
More action packed racing continued with the 11- years-girls wrapping up a stellar morning of BMX. Imogen Healy from Tea Tree Gully BMX Club defended her title, leaving the rest of the competition in her tracks.
In the corresponding boys race, particular attention was on defending Aussie champ, Callum Woodbury from Ashmore BMX Club. After a great lead out of the gate, Woodbury was facing constant pressure from his followers in particular, Miller Ruks from Lake Macquarie BMX Club.
The pair hit the third and final berm and as Woodbury went high, Ruks snuck in low to produce one of the most thrilling races of the morning.
For a full list of results click HERE.
After an entertaining start to todays BMX, be sure to tune in wherever you are for the second block of racing which is underway. To see the LIVE Stream link click HERE