Catch up on all the action from the final day of our National Championships with the results below.
Geelong’s Brandon Te Hiko has pulled a rabbit out of his hat to win the elite men’s national BMX title in Bunbury, Western Australia today, getting the job done in the final meters of the race and stealing what looked to be a sure victory for South Australia’s Shane Rosa.
In a dramatic women’s race, the Gold Coast’s Erin Lockwood dropped the hammer to claim her maiden Australian title, not just in the elite women’s category, but in her entire career. It was an emotion-filled victory with both Lockwood and her mother sharing a teary embrace just past the finish line.
For Te Hiko a missed opportunity to win the UCI Oceania Continental Championships title on Wednesday, which was won by Queensland’s Corey Frieswyk, fuelled his victory today.
In cool conditions, which threatened rain throughout proceedings, Te Hiko won every lap except for one second place in the opening motos.
While the cards fell Te Hiko’s way, it was a different story for Wednesday’s Oceania champion. A dropped chain in his semi-final ruled Frieswyk out before the first turn, ending his hopes of claiming a third Australian title.
However it was the final gate of the day that captured the attention of a packed out track. Rosa, who has spent the past few months training in Europe led the pack with Te Hiko and the rest of the racers heavy on his back tyre. Rosa seemed to be doing it comfortably, until the final berm when he decided to go high and give Te Hiko the chance to draw level with him.
In that moment his good work came undone, as he opened the door for 20-year-old Te Hiko to pop through, making it a battle of speed down the final drag. Racing side by side, it was Te Hiko who edged his tyre out in front in a final act of desperation.
“I’ve just been working so hard and I couldn’t have done it without my coach and my family,” an excited Te Hiko explained.
“I’ve gone through a few changes this year and I’ve had to sacrifice a lot of things like spending time with my friends which means that I haven’t had much of a social life.”
“After the Oceania titles on Wednesday where I came second, I went home and just thought about what I had to today, and I just did it.”
The elite women’s title was an equally enthralling showcase, with Lockwood leading home Gemma-Lee Thomas (NSW) and Tyler-Lea Thorley (QLD) for her maiden BMX crown.
In a field that included 2016 national champion Leanna Curtis and the highly rated Sara Jones from Caboolture BMX Club, it was Jones who grabbed the race by the reigns out of the gate. But in an absurd occurrence she suffered a dislocated shoulder as she landed awkwardly on one of the jumps down the first straight.
That caused a flow-on effect as her competitors took avoiding action. The result was Curtis and the Sunshine Coast’s Jenna Williams finding themselves careening up the lip of the first berm to stop just shy of the crowd line.
Among the commotion, Lockwood seized her chance and grabbed victory with both hands.
“It still doesn’t feel real, I’m just so stoked,” a stunned Lockwood said.
“I’ve looked up to the riders like Caroline Buchanan (dual Olympian) who already have their name the trophy since I was a youngen’ and it’s crazy to be up with those names now.”
Future stars of the sport Ashlee Miller and Nathaniel Rodway, both from NSW both had exceptional weeks at the national championships. The duo were both winners in Wednesday’s Oceania titles, and backed up their efforts today to be crowned national champions.
Rodway’s motos were far from average for the rider who grabbed a first, second and fifth, but he pulled out the stops when it mattered and that result is a #1A plate. In corresponding women’s event, Ashlee Miller comprehensively won all of her motos to seal an incredibly successful weekend in WA.
In the 14-years-boys, Happy Valley BMX rider Joel Marsh notched together an exciting race to world-ranked no.1 Gian Renato from Shepparton BMX Club. Triston Scott from Ipswich West Moreton BMX Club rounded out the podium.
One of Australia’s most exciting prospects, Buddha Baum (Beenleigh BMX Club), maintained the expectations that surrounded, him with a successful defence of his national title in the 15-years-boys.
To read about our 14 and 15 years old girl Aussie champs read HERE!
In the 16-years-boys event, NSW rider and world ranked no.4, Jack Davis was competing against world ranked no.6 and Oceania winner, Corey Taylor from Woorree Park BMX Club. Sharing the finish line with milliseconds between them, it was Davis with the win.
Very similar to Baum in the 15-years-boys, fellow Beenleigh BMX Club rider, Des’ree Barnes continued her dominating position at the top of the 16-years-girls pecking order by winning her finals race in a rapid 37-second lap.
James Lautier from Sunbury BMX Club will be in high spirits after taking out the #1A plate in the 17-24 men’s class, and the same goes for Bianca Campbell from Southside BMX Club who won the corresponding women’s class.
Ranking second after the motos, Dirk Winter from Suncoast Hinterland BMX Club needed to step up to the challenge and he did coming away with a thrilling finish in the 25-29 mens final. Meanwhile Amanda Morgan grabbed the #1A plate to take home to her Wyndham Warriors BMX Club.
The 35+ Masters open wheel final was one of the highlights of the day with Michael Robinson from Nerang BMX Club having a stellar day winning all of his motos to take home a national title.
After a fantastic spread of BMX in Western Australia, the next major Australian BMX event will take place in Frankston, Victoria for round two of the 2018 BMXA National Series, which will be held from April 21-22.
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