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Last weekend saw two electrifying BMX racing events in Australia with both the South Queensland BMX Championships and the fourth round of the BMX NSW State Series taking place.

Last weekend saw two electrifying BMX racing events in Australia with both the South Queensland BMX Championships and the fourth round of the BMX NSW State Series taking place.

The 2017 South Queensland BMX Championships were held at Ipswich BMX Club at Willey Park, which recently underwent a $600,000 upgrade in a joint project with Ipswich City Council, and it definitely showed. The club manifested a spectacular weekend event for all involved, with club President Lee Smith saying the track was in outstanding condition.

“We had 776 riders participate over two full days of racing, with many travelling to the event due to the high standard of our track”, Smith said.

“Normally you have these events and you get these keyboard warriors on Facebook with something to complain about but, we had nothing bad said. Everything was positive”.

Corey Frieswyk and Sara Jones took out first places respectively in the Superclass events. Standout performances from Ipswich BMX Club riders included David Jackson, Chloe Jackson and Sophia Preston, who all won their individual classes. Matthew Krasevkis also finished with an impressive fifth place in the men’s Superclass event.

Also among the highlights from the weekend was the age-defying Butch Broomfield, who at age 72 raced to third place in the 50+ class.

A little further south of the NSW/Queensland state border, over 600 riders travelled to Southlake/Illawarra BMX Club for the fourth round of the BMX NSW State Series.

Also undergoing recent upgrades, the Albion Park track has had a state-of-the-art polymer coating applied to the gravel surface, and a state-first transponder timing system installed.

With the 2017 UCI BMX World Championships edging closer, the new and improved venue proved to be the perfect test track for many of the top riders heading to Rock Hill in July. Included in the line up were the likes of BMXA Development Academy riders Saya Sakakibara and Andy Hughes.

Demonstrating that their talent pool is as strong as ever, Southlake/Illawarra had many of their own riders in contention for age titles on home turf. A special mention goes out to the ever-impressive Fox family – Ricky, Cody, Cooper and Bailey for their performances over the weekend.

Highlighting the day was the women’s Superclass final, where rising star Saya Sakakibara and her Southlake/Illawarra club mate – and also regular sparring partner –  Leanna Curtis went head-to-head with Lake Macquarie BMX Club rider Rachel Jones. In an intense dash to the finish line, it was Sakakibara who finished first, Curtis second and Jones home third.

You can check out video replay’s of the best action from the Southlake Open by CLICKING HERE.

BMX Australia would also like to extend their best wishes to a handful of riders who suffered injuries across the weekend. A special mention to Braden Gibson, who we hope to see back on the bike in good time!