And there’s four pairs of riders heading into the deciding day tied on points!
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The first day of racing at stage one of the 2019 BMXA BAD BOY National Series, hosted by Sydney BMX Club, has set up a quartet of tantalising battles ahead of finals day at Olympic Park in the west of Australia’s largest city.
More than 500 riders took to the track, with challenge class riders duking it out over three motos. Sunday’s on-track action will see those riders’ race one more moto, before qualifiers and then finals take centre stage. Among the contenders will be four pairs of riders currently tied on points in their respective classes.
Today also saw the men and women’s superclass riders battle for victory in the first of two rounds for them at Sydney BMX Club. Inevitably it was NSW rider Saya Sakakibara who won the women’s event, while Victorian Hayden Fletcher triumphed in the corresponding male event. READ MORE ABOUT THAT HERE.
In the 9-girls class Amelia Stitchbury from Tuggeranong BMX Club in the ACT and Matilda Guy representing Ashmore BMX Club in Queensland finished with three wins apiece from their motos. Both will have aspirations of continuing that form tomorrow but will need to fend off a fast group of riders to do so.
There was also a clean sheet of wins for Kade McNamara (Happy Valley BMX Club, SA) and Harrison Regan (Southside BMX Club, WA) in the 8-boys event. Hot on their heels was Harley Bradshaw, the world number three for his age, from the host club who dropped just one moto to finish with two firsts and a second.
The third class to see two riders heading into tomorrow’s racing neck-and-neck in the points was the 10-boys, as world champion Fraser Vaughan of Pine Rivers BMX Club in Brisbane shared three wins with Maitland Tenambit BMX Club’s Zane Bourke. Amazingly, the next three riders were also tied on points and comprise of Kayden Underhill (Castle Hill BMX Club), Tyla Hall (Sunbury BMX Club) and Bryan Couzin (Blue Mountains BMX Club).
The final class that will go into tomorrow with the points tied up at the top of the tree is the 13-boy’s, where Terrigal BMX Club’s Noah Elton and Knox BMX Club’s Joshua Jolley lead the way. Southlake Illawarra BMX Club’s Cooper Fox sits in third.
It wasn’t just the riders noted above who had a flawless set of results from day one. A further 24 riders also claimed three wins for the day, among them was world number one Jordan Callum in the 15 boys’ class.
Other notable riders among those to have a perfect outing were current Australian challenge class champions Letitia Weatherhead (30+ masters open wheel and 35-39 cruiser women), Imogen Healy (12 girls), Isabella Schramm (14 girls) and Miller Ruks (12 boys).
Action at the Sydney BMX Club continues tomorrow with the fourth moto, qualifiers and finals for challenge class riders. Superclass competitors will also be on track for a further three motos, qualifiers and finals.
Sunday’s events commence with practice sessions from 8am AEDT, with the first gates to drop for racing at 9:45am AEDT. Finals are scheduled to be run from 12pm AEDT.