Hailing from the USA, Connor Fields has produced an Olympic quality race and is a must watch!
On a day that featured almost 600 riders it was American Olympic gold medallist Connor Fields who starred in the second round of the 2018 BMX Australia National Series at Frankston BMX Club.
With temperatures sitting at a comfortable 20 degrees, the action on the track reached boiling point. Riders from around Australia and beyond were giving it their all to get past the finish line first.
Fields was consistent throughout the entire day winning every single one of his motos and semi before putting on a masterclass for the excited onlookers.
“First place across the board is always great but I had a lot of fun out here today and racing here (in Australia) for the first time since 2011, the fans are awesome, and the track was great,” Connor said.
For the Rio Olympic champion, his focus is all about getting a great gate pick based off the moto lap times. Sticking to his plan, the final race of the day ensured he was on the inside for the entire race and once he had that lead, he made sure that no one was passing him before he crossed the line.
“Getting into the final is key, but by being consistent through all the motos and the semis ensured that I had a great position in the final. That was my plan and I stuck to it,” Fields continued.
Surrounding Fields on the finish line was his Kiwi training partner Trent Jones, as well as fellow New Zealander Michael Bias. The first Australian across the line was Victorian Hayden Fletcher from Mansfield Mt Buller BMX Club.
In the elite women’s class, it was a match-up of current and previous national champions. Two-time Aussie champ Leanna Curtis was up against the current title holder Erin Lockwood with another in-form rider, Sara Jones, ensuring an exciting clash.
After dislocating her shoulder at the national championships, it was Jones from Caboolture BMX Club who found the finish line first throughout the entire day.
“As an elite rider, it was the first time I have had a clean sweep and I’m pretty stoked about it!” Jones exclaimed.
After winning the first moto, Jones was asked about how she goes about continuing that form so that she can achieve the same result the next time she touches the track.
“It’s not so much about concentration but more about learning to have fun with it, it’s all about just riding bikes and that’s what I like to do.”
Looking ahead, Jones is still dealing with the shoulder injury, which is causing discomfort on the track, but the goals she has for the rest of the 2018 season is very similar to the ones she has now.
“I’m more focussed on sorting out my injuries and enjoying myself. If all things to go plan, I’ll head to Nerang for the last UCI National Series round.”
Rounding out the podium behind Jones was Curtis and Lockwood who had made spectacular times all weekend.
The junior elites is always an exciting spread of racing. Watching our future elites battling it out for their own title creates an excitement around track that can never be put in words.
Winning the junior elite men’s, 2018 national champion Nathaniel Rodway from Lake Macquarie BMX Club had a shaky lap in the semis but put that far from his mind as he was determined to be quickest through the track and came out on top.
Hailing from New Zealand, Jessie Smith has gone back-to-back to win the women’s junior elite. Ahead of 2018 national champion Ashlee Miller, Smith was clinical all day to dominate the hosting country and go two from two.
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The national series next heads to Satellite City BMX Club in the Northern Territory for another guaranteed round of superb racing on June 23-24.