Four riders from Tasmania had the perfect day when the 2018 BMXA BAD BOY National Series visited the Apple Isle, winning in front of a home crowd
Launceston BMX Club provided a fitting finale to the 2018 BMXA BAD BOY National Series, serving up a day of racing that saw action aplenty and plenty of locals taking part in the series that has travelled all around Australia since February.
Of the 26 riders who raced across the line first in Launceston on Saturday October 20, four of them were locals. Of those four, two were from the host club and no doubt will be the toast of the town after achieving top results.
In the 11 boy’s race, Launceston’s Campbell Whitney raced to first ahead of Noah Hewitt (Canberra BMX Club, ACT) and Jai Moore (Centenary Plains BMX Club, QLD). Later in the afternoon his clubmate Andrew Bayes took the top spot in the 50+ cruiser men’s race ahead of James Creber from Jingili BMX Club in the Northern Territory and Paul Knox from BSX in Victoria.
Also chalking up wins for the Tasmanian riders was Joel Lee in the 35-39 cruiser men’s race and Matthew French in the 40-44 men’s event – both compete for Wynyard BMX Park.
Following in Lee was Tom Freeman from Happy Valley BMX Club, SA and Russell Williams from Launceston. For Tasmania’s fourth winner, French, he beat Shane Jenkins of BSX, Craig Hewitt from Canberra BMX Club, ACT and Pierre Lodygensky from Manly Warringah BMX Club, NSW to the line.
However, it’s important to note that Jenkins, who was second past the post, was the winner of the 45-49 men’s race, that class having been combined with the 40-44 men’s contest.
In total there was 78 Tasmanian’s on the track for the final event of the year and 43 of them made it through to their finals. A tidy effort from the host state.
Across the board was a litany of strong racing, and among the most entertaining races of the day were the men and women’s Superclass finals. You can read more about those HERE.
But on a weekend that saw hundreds of riders on track, there were a few other nuggets of information that didn’t go unnoticed.
On a track that demands a significant burst of energy and power in the run to the finish line, the fastest lap of the day was recorded by Hayden Fletcher, a 33.030 in the men’s Superclass final.
Second placed rider Max Cairns had the second fastest lap of the day and Jack Davis in third, had the third fastest. However, the fourth quickest time was shared between Nerang BMX Club’s Kerrod Connors in the men’s Superclass and 14 boy’s world champion Jordan Callum from Rockingham BMX Club, WA. Both lit up the track for a time of 34.302.
With talent like Callum riding in Australia, the future looks bright.
Fastest of the female riders was none other than women’s Superclass winner Gemma-Lee Thomas, who’s fastest lap of 38.763 came in the final.
But it wasn’t just lap times that proved an interesting stat. The start time off the gate in all but two classes during the day of racing came in under three seconds! While hindsight is 20/20 and the two classes that didn’t make it under three seconds might now wish they had dropped the hammer a litter sooner, their reaction times were still nothing to be sneezed at. The slowest start time of the day still a speedy 3.1 seconds.
Meanwhile in the participation stakes it was undoubtedly Tasmania who had the most riders to cheer for during the event. Coming in second was Victoria with 37 riders lining up on the gate, while 29 New South Welshman also made the trip to Launceston to have a dig.
For finalised series standings, PLEASE CLICK HERE.