Tuesday, 20 April 2010 08:35
Onza Tires’ team riders at the BMX Worldcup
At Madrid’s BMX Supercross Worldcup race, David Graf made it to the semifinals. Roger Rinderknecht’s race day ended in the quarterfinals.
For the first race of the UCI BMX Supercross Worldcup, Onza Tires’ team riders Roger Rinderknecht and David Graf travelled to Madrid. While Graf had already been competing in Northern America, even scoring a podium finish in Phoenix against the strong American pro riders, it was the first BMX Worldcup race in ten months for Rinderknecht.
On a demanding, freshly built course which still was a bit soft in places they both made the split of the fastest 64 riders. With a 24th place, David Graf was the fastest Swiss rider in qualifying, Roger Rinderknecht posted the 52nd fastest time of an overall of 130 starters.
After that, both Graf and Rinderknecht made it through their respective motos and to the quarter finals. There Roger Rinderknecht got tangled up with another rider and lost all chances to qualify for the next round.
David Graf fared much better despite having to start from a disadvantageous gate all the way out.
«Out there I had some distance to the trouble, and in addition I managed to enter the first corner up high to cut down after, thus proceeding to fourth position. This took me to the semi finals, which had been my goal beforehand.»
As David Graf did not manage to pull the same trick in the first corner again, he crossed the line in sixth.
In the end, this got him to a 16th position. With Yvan Lapraz’ and Renaud Blanc’s 28th places and Roger Rinderknecht in 31st position, Switzerland has collected a nice ammount of points for the nation’s ranking – which is important when it comes to securing starting lots for London’s Olympic games in 2012.