Queensland riders reveled in the opportunity to race in front of a home crowd at the 2017 BMX Australia National Championships, with the sunshine state riders pulling together to win four of six teams contests….
Queensland riders reveled in the opportunity to race in front of a home crowd at the 2017 BMX Australia National Championships, with the sunshine state riders pulling together to win four of six teams contests.
Despite just under 1800 riders from 94 clubs across the country contesting the championships at the Sleeman Sports Complex, Brisbane, only NSW could break the hosts stranglehold on the competition. Meanwhile Redline Bikes Australia won the corporate teams challenge.
The top club at this year’s national titles was Pine Rivers BMX Club, which is based just north of Brisbane. Following in second place was Victoria’s Knox BMX Club, while South Australia’s The Cove BMX Club was a close third.
In the Corporate Teams contest it was Redline Australia who outscored Lumbeajack Ssquared and V2 BMX Racing Team 1. Thomas Tucker and Fraser Vaughan both scored top points for Redline, while teammates Kyarnee Young and Brodie Gooch supported with strong points hauls to get their team over the line in first.
For the State Challenge, recently crowned national champions Buddha Baum, Des’Ree Barnes and Shannon Petre, as well as third placed Wade Mundie banded together to tip the contest in favour of Queensland. However it was a tough battle with NSW clipping at their heels, Victoria further back in third place.
NSW broke the stranglehold of Queensland by winning the corresponding teams contest in the State Championship. National titles to Wollongong siblings Kai and Saya Sakakibara, a third place to fellow Illawarra rider Leanna Curtis and a decent points hall from Lake Macquarie’s Nathaniel Rodway was enough to claim victory.
Queensland finished second, Victoria third.
It was Queensland again in first place in the Crackerjacks contest, Callum Woodbury scoring top points. Meanwhile Western Australia made their debut on the podium in the teams challenges, Maddison Aldersea leading the way. South Australia rounded out the podium positions in third.
Finally in the Dynamites, the spoils again went to Queensland. Tucker was again instrumental in the victory, as was Tyson Kenny and Bill Woodward. Sacha Mills and Isabella Schramm were the leading female riders in the charge for victory.
Victoria finished second in Dynamites, Western Australia holding down third place.