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For years the Nerang track has been a staple of the Aussie BMX diet, continually attracting a host of the nation’s top talent for its round of the national series. This year will be no different with a handful of Australia’s leading elite riders taking to the track along with a young guard of recently crowned world champions.


Cover Pic: Kira Hill (Craig Dutton Photography) 

Utter happiness was what budding BMX star Kira Hill felt when she crossed the line first in her age group at the 2018 world championships in Baku, Azerbaijan. Six weeks on from her triumph, the 14-years competitor is eyeing off success in round four of the 2018 BMX Australia National Series at Nerang BMX Club – her home track.

For years the Nerang track has been a staple of the Aussie BMX diet, continually attracting a host of the nation’s top talent for its round of the national series. This year will be no different with a handful of Australia’s leading elite riders taking to the track along with a young guard of recently crowned world champions.

While Hill will be the only one of the world beaters racing on home turf, fellow Queenslanders Fraser Vaughan (nine boy’s) and Thomas Tucker (13 boy’s) from Pine Rivers BMX Club in Brisbane will also be eyeing a win in their own state.

The fourth and final world champ in action will be Jordan Callum from the Rockingham BMX Club in Western Australia, who won the 14 boy’s world title in Baku last month. Unlike Callum, Vaughan and Tucker, Hill will be making her first start in the national series when round four commences.

“Racing at Nerang is a little more special for me because it is my home track, and my favourite track too. I’m always much faster there and it’s a good track to try out some new skills,” the Robina resident said.

“Since the world championships I have raced just one event, which was the south Queensland zone titles and I stepped into the superclass women’s class and came sixth. That was a good chance for me to see how the older girls ride, and it gives me more confidence before I step back into my age group this weekend.

“In saying that, I haven’t raced these girls properly for a while (last time was at the 2018 national championships in March, where Hill won), so we’ll see what happens.”

With more than 500 riders gearing up to take part in the fourth of seven rounds in the 2018 series this weekend, much of the attention will also be on the elite classes. The event at Nerang is also the final UCI sanctioned event of the year, and as such a round and UCI series winner will be crowned on Sunday afternoon.

Among those hoping to leave their mark will be the Nerang’s Erin Lockwood, who has had a breakout 2018 by winning the elite women’s national title and being named to Australia’s world championships team. Lockwood currently sits third in the standings, headed by Caboolture BMX Club’s Sara Jones with NSW rider Gemma-Lee Thomas in second.

But the joker in women’s pack will be BMX prodigy Saya Sakakibara, who returns to Aussie shores after winning two bronze and a silver medal during the first six rounds of the 2018 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup. Currently ranked fourth in the world, the 18-year-old from the NSW Illawarra region will pose the toughest test to the other Aussie women.

On the men’s side of the ledger WA’s Bradley Game is 81 points clear of his next closest rival. If he hopes to win, Game will need to fend off challenges from reigning Australian elite men’s champion Brandon Te Hiko of Geelong, and former Aussie champs Kai Sakakibara (NSW) and Corey Frieswyk (QLD).

Action at the fourth round of the 2018 BMX Australia National Series begins on Saturday July 21 at 3:30pm AEST with motos one and two of racing for all but championship classes (elite and junior elite). Sunday July 22 will see racing commence at 9:15am AEST for all classes, with finals set to commence from 11:45am AEST and wrap up at approximately 1pm AEST.

Throughout the weekend BMX Australia will provide updates online via bmxaustralia.com.au and associated social media channels as well as video highlights.