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Western Australia’s Lauren Reynolds has finished seventh in the first round of the 2019 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup at the National Indoor BMX Arena in Manchester. The best riders from around the world came…

Western Australia’s Lauren Reynolds has finished seventh in the first round of the 2019 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup at the National Indoor BMX Arena in Manchester.

The best riders from around the world came together to kick off their 2019 world cup season with the opportunity to add more Olympic qualification points to their resume for Tokyo 2020.

Among them was Bunbury BMX Club’s Reynolds, who hasn’t competed at a world cup event for over a year. The 27-year old was above all else excited to be back and her result was just an added bonus.

“It’s great to be back here in Manchester and very exciting since I haven’t raced in a world cup for over a year,” Reynolds said.

“It’s always really exciting at these events, especially with the challenge that comes with these races.”

Reynolds ended the day in seventh behind Simone Tetsche Christensen (DEN), Judy Bauuw (NED) and Merle Van Benthem (NED).

Reflecting on her first day back at a world cup event, Reynolds was happy with her performance and is looking forward to what round two brings tomorrow.

“Overall my day went really well,” Reynolds continued.

“I had nice consistent laps throughout the day, and it was just one of those tough races at the end there. The result wasn’t exactly what I wanted, but I saw myself making the main event and I’m happy to be back doing world cup racing.

“Can’t wait to see what round two brings.”

Fellow Australian and current world no.3 Saya Sakakibara was a favourite heading into the event and was living up to the expectations by making it through to the semi-finals before crashing heavily after coming into contact with another rider in mid-air on the first straight.

The men’s podium featured a trio of Frenchmen, with the runner-up from the 2018 elite men’s world cup, Joris Daudet, finding the top spot, ahead of Jeremy Rencurel and world no.2, Sylvain Andre.

Australian duo Anthony Dean and world no.8 Kai Sakakibara were both eliminated in the semi-finals with, Dean, a Rio Olympic finalist, finishing fifth and Sakakibara eighth.

Other Australian results included Queensland’s Matt Krasevskis and Victorian pair Hayden Fletcher and Brandon Te Hiko, who were all knocked out in the 1/16 finals, while South Australia’s Shane Rosa made it through to the 1/8 finals before his day finished there.

Queensland’s Jye Hombsch came down in his first race of the day and didn’t manage to get back on the bike after it.

The Australian riders will be looking to improve on their results when racing recommences with round two tonight at 10pm AEST.

Relive the action from the first round of the 2019 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup below.