Day one of Stage 3 at BMXA’s 2019 BAD BOY National Series left spectators and riders with high expectations… and day two didn’t disappoint.
COVER PIC: Sophia Preston at Stage 3 of the 2019 BMXA BAD BOY National Series. (Pic courtesy of Get Snapt)
Returning to the Ipswich West Moreton track to push for a chance in the stage 3 finals were almost 500 riders from around the country, the furthest travelling from Western Australia’s Bunbury and Byford clubs.
Among the riders were half a dozen shredders who made the most of their weekend, not only winning their 20-inch class, but also doubling down to cross the finish line first in their cruiser event.
Visiting Queensland and sticking it to the home state riders with two top spots on the podium were Geelong’s #1A Cameron Gatt (10-boy’s), Cross Keys’ Brayden Porter (17-24 men’s) and Clarence Valley’s Glenn Swain in the 30-34 men’s.
Although the visitors got their taste of being first across the finish line, it really was a day out for the home state riders, with a Queenslander finding the top of the podium 25 times out of the 34 gates that dropped for the finals.
Among those winners was a trio of riders who also doubled down across both classes.
Nerang’s Callum Howarth, himself a perennial contender on the world stage, made the most of the absence of multiple world champion Thomas Tucker, who is recovering from a broken leg suffered in training last Friday, to win the 14-boy’s and the 13-14 boy’s cruiser.
Joining Howarth was Maryborough’s Teya Rufus. The world no.3 was clinical in the 13-girl’s and 13-14 girl’s cruiser class, winning every race to come away with a perfect weekend.
Last but not least of the Queensland trio was local rider and national champion, Sophia Preston, in the 10-girl’s and 8-10 girl’s cruiser. Using her home track advantage to the best of her ability, the Ipswich rider clean swept her competition to receive the most points a rider can obtain in a national series round.
While Preston won two classes this weekend at her home club, she wasn’t the only Ipswich rider to have that winning feeling. Other Ipswich riders who came away with the chocolates was Peter Krasevskis in the 12-boy’s and Tristan Scott in the 15-boy’s.
With the third stage of the national series done and dusted. All eyes now turn to the biggest event on BMXA‘s calendar, the BMXA BAD BOY National Championships at the Shepparton BMX Club from May 20-25.
For Preston, Gatt, and Rufus, a title defence will be on the line and after seeing their performance this weekend, they will be the ones to beat for the hallowed #1A plate awarded to those crowned national champions.
Preston is excited about the challenge and is looking forward to being a part of the action.
“I’m looking forward to competing with the girls as well as all the other girls who have come to try and take my plate,” Preston said.