Helensburgh’s Kai Sakakibara has finished fourth in round three of the 2019 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Papendal, the Netherlands. The 22-year old from NSW had been producing solid results throughout the day and was looking…
Helensburgh’s Kai Sakakibara has finished fourth in round three of the 2019 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Papendal, the Netherlands.
The 22-year old from NSW had been producing solid results throughout the day and was looking like a favourite to win his first ever world cup podium when he lined up on the final’s gate against the likes of defending world cup champion Niek Kimmann, French superstar Sylvain Andre and Ecuador’s Alfredo Campo.
Yet it wasn’t to be after falling to the back of the group out of the gate in the final, Sakakibara worked hard to return to the pack and settled for a fourth place, his best result which he first achieved in Zolder, Belgium last year.
The men’s podium saw Kimmann in first, Campo second and Frenchman Jeremy Rencurel in third.
“I felt great all day,” Sakakibara said.
“I won my first round, the 1/16 and the eighth (final). I even got a second place in my quarter, but coming down to that final, it was really tight, and I was really excited to be there as it was my first world cup final of the year.
“I got a bit shot down in the first straight and tried to work my way back but finished fourth. Overall a really good result and I’m happy to get the score on the board. A couple of things to work on for tomorrow but I can’t wait.”
Sakakibara now sits eighth on the overall world cup standings after his consistent performance in the first three rounds.
The other Australian results had Lauren Reynolds and Kai’s sister Saya both finish their days in the semi-finals with Saya just missing out on progressing due to the defending world cup champion, and world no.1, Laura Smulders sneaking in to qualify for the final on home dirt.
The women’s podium went to home dirt hero Judy Baauw, who played part in an incredible race beating home USA’s no.1 Alise Willoughby and Smulders on the last straight.
Full Australian results from Papendal Rd3 (including overall place).
– 4th Kai Sakakibara: fourth (final)
– 10th Saya Sakakibara: fifth (semi-final)
– 16th Lauren Reynolds: eighth (semi-final)
– 23rd Leanna Curtis: sixth (quarter-final)
– 30th Erin Lockwood: fifth (1/8)
– 43rd Matt Krasevskis: sixth (1/8)
– 57th Brandon Te Hiko: fifth (1/16)
– 93rd Josh McLean: seventh (1/16)
– 98th Shane Rosa: seventh (1/16)
– 148th Adam Carey: sixth (Last Chance)
To see a full list of results – CLICK HERE
Next up – Rd4 in Papendal, the Netherlands from 12:50am AEST Monday May 13.
Watch Rd3’s Main Event below!