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Sprockets take to the track and the crowd got on their feet! Here’s what happened when our youngest members riding at nationals took the gate!

Loud cheers, agile riders and sportsmanship galore were the order for today as 74 sprockets starred on track at the Bunbury BMX Club, kicking off the first of three days of racing that will decide who walks away with Aussie titles.

Sharing the track with the 5-7-year-old Sprocket rockets today where the cruiser classes, with more than 350 riders making the most of idyllic riding conditions. Read about the Cruiser racing here! 

Although the sprockets are a participation class, the young riders – who in the future could no doubt become Australian, world or Olympic champions – were at home on the technical Bunbury track, dicing for positions and showing impeccable sportsmanship.

Equally at home were the crowd packed into the first and third turns, who cheered with gusto as the young riders made their way around the track.

Like the older riders who will take to the track during tomorrow’s challenge classes, and the championship classes on Saturday, the sprocket competitors have travelled from all over the country to be in Western Australia.

In the 5-6 Boys event a trio of South Australian riders made the trip to Bunbury, Bodhi Cattonar and Jude Daff coming from The Cove BMX Club, Jaxon McLeod from Cross Keys BMX Club also on track.

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Lake Macquarie in NSW was also represented with Luke Patroni in the mix, while Harley Henderson arrived from Nhulunbuy BMX Club in the Northern Territory to race. Summing up the feeling of many Sprocket parents, Harley’s mum Emma Flaherty said the travel was worth it to see all the kids on track.

“It’s great, and actually quite emotional when you have a child racing,” Flaherty said.

“For us it makes the effort of coming here worth it, just to compete and be a part of an event likes this. Harley absolutely loves it. He’s five, and he loves it.”

The Northern Territory were also represented in the 5-7 girls sprocket class thanks to Jingili BMX Club’s Molly Lawrence, while the other non-WA riders were three Queensland shredders. Redlands BMX Club had Harper Robins and Wila Robins entered, while Nerang BMX Club cheered on Isla-Mae Killick.

Mandurah, Hills, Byford, Bunbury, Southside and Westside BMX Club’s filled out the class with WA riders taking advantage of their home nationals event.

However the largest class in the Sprocket event went to the 7-boys Sprocket class, with 34 riders contesting a participation event for the last time…next year they’ll be racing for keeps in the 8-boys racing class.

There was a strong mix of riders from across the country, with 10 out of state youngsters joining 24 eager riders from host state Western Australia.

Victorian supporters were cheering a quartet of riders, including Knox BMX Club duo Thomas Alexander and Lachie Schafter. Lilydale BMX Club encouraged Angus Comport, Mildura BMX Club were behind Chase Faux.

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Queenslanders also backed four riders, Van Wright from Beenleigh BMX, Taj Borwick from Suncoast Hinterland, Rusty Killick from the Nerang BMX and Tate Lochtenberg from Sunshine Coast BMX Club.

Darcy Fraser and Kade McNamara from Happy Valley BMX Club were the South Australian riders on track, while NSW got on their feet for Harley Fowler from Clarence Valley BMX Club.

Racing continues tomorrow with two blocks of racing for 20-inch challenge classes.

See all the sprocket competitors here.