Rio Olympian Bodi Turner has stormed to victory in the elite men’s race to highlight the second round of BMX Australia’s Chambikx/Probikx UCI event at Shepparton in Victoria’s Goulburn Valley. After almost three hours of…
Rio Olympian Bodi Turner has stormed to victory in the elite men’s race to highlight the second round of BMX Australia’s Chambikx/Probikx UCI event at Shepparton in Victoria’s Goulburn Valley.
After almost three hours of racing on a stifling hot day, Turner returned to the winner’s list after a lacklustre performance in the first round of the series last month, as he began working his way back from a post-Rio break.
Joining Turner as winners of the elite categories were New Zealander Rebecca Petch (elite women’s) and undefeated series leaders Saya Sakakibara (elite junior women’s) and Josh Boyton (elite junior men’s).
Neither Sakakibara or Boyton have lost a lap across the two Chambikx/Probikx UCI rounds this year.
For Turner though, it was a welcome confidence boost following on from a whirlwind 18 months that saw him finish on the podium at a UCI Supercross event and make his Olympic debut.
“I wasn’t at my best at Nerang (round one) but my training program only started on January 1,” Turner said.
“I’ve been working really hard since and I think it showed today.
“It was hot out that there and it was a dry heat and I’m used to a more humid heat so it made it a tough day. A hard day but a good day.”
Turner beat home round one winner Matt Juster, who maintains his spot at the top of the rankings, and Kai Sakakibara.
The women’s elite race was decided on points over three motos and Petch ended with four points to Leanna Curtis’ five and Sarah Harvey’s 11. The runner-up finish for Curtis moves her into the series lead.
In other categories, the 14 years events were won by Paige Harding and Buddha Baum for the second straight round, the 15 years was taken out by Des’Ree Barnes, another dual winner this season, and the boy’s by Jack Davis.
The 16 years races were claimed by New Zealand’s world number one Cailen Calkin and Australia’s world number two Molly McGill.
Dirk Winter again won the men’s 17-29 class, Tenae Brooks claimed the women’s 17+ and local Levi Collins proved a very popular winner of the men’s 30+ masters.
For full results, click here.
The action resumes at Shepparton tomorrow from 945am with the second round of the Grands Assault National Series featuring the majority of the same riders.
The highlight is expected to be the men’s AA Pro event and the women’s AA Pro where Sakakibara and the prodigious Barnes will step up and race the elite women including reigning Australian elite women’s champion Leanna Curtis and Petch.
Sunday’s racing will be live streamed via www.bmxaustralia.com.au and the broadcast begins at 9.45am ADST.