Bunbury’s Lauren Reynolds and Helensburgh’s Saya Sakakibara have competed against the world’s best in the round four final of the 2019 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Papendal, the Netherlands. The pair had been recording…
Bunbury’s Lauren Reynolds and Helensburgh’s Saya Sakakibara have competed against the world’s best in the round four final of the 2019 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Papendal, the Netherlands.
The pair had been recording impressive results throughout the earlier stages of the event and with two Australians in the final, it was looking likely that as least one would be on the podium. Yet it wasn’t to be with Reynolds crossing the line in fourth and Sakakibara finishing in eighth.
Getting in the Australian pair’s way was the defending world cup champion and world no.1, Laura Smulders who came first ahead of USA’s Alise Willoughby and Felicia Stancil.
This was Reynolds’ second final for the 2019 world cup season, with the 27-year old making the round one final last month in Manchester.
“It’s been a great weekend,” Reynolds said.
“The racing was really close yesterday and today I made the main event finishing in fourth only a few inches from third.
“I’ve been really happy with my performance and my riding all weekend, and I’m confident that the good results will continue so I’m happy and healthy to walk away from this weekend.”
While Reynolds enjoyed her second final of the year, Sakakibara made it for the first time in 2019 and will be looking to continue on this strong performance going into the next round.
The New South Wales rider would have come into the weekend high on confidence after taking the third spot on the podium last year at the same event.
The result may not have been the same this year, but the world cup silver medallist from 2018 will be looking to build on her performance here when rounds five and six commence in St Quentin en Yvelines, France on June 8-9.
Competing in her first ever two world cup rounds, Australia’s national champion Erin Lockwood will take a lot away from the weekend after making it to the 1/8 final yesterday (round three) and improving on it today to make it to the quarter-finals.
Saya’s older brother Kai couldn’t replicate his fourth-place result from the previous day in the men’s competition and missed out on qualifying to the semi-finals after finding himself at the back of the pack at the end of the first straight in a tough quarter final.
The men’s race went to the defending world cup champion Niek Kimmann, with the home track hero winning on both days of the weekend. Joining him on the podium was the French duo of Joris Daudet in second and Sylvain Andre in third.
Full Australian results from Papendal Rd4: (Including overall place)
Overall world cup standings for Australian riders:
Next up for many of the Australian contingent will be the BMX Australia BAD BOY National Championships in Shepparton starting on May 20, with the elite races scheduled for May 25.
For a full list of results – CLICK HERE
Next world cup is rounds 5 & 6 in St Quentin en Yvelines – June 8-9
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