|Press release: Strombergs and Walker win UCI BMX Supercross Frejus|
Maris Strombergs and Sarah Walker win UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in FrejusFrejus, France 9 October 2010 - In an impressive finale Maris Strombergs outperformed all Elite men. The strong Latvian rider came powering down the start hill in front of thousands of BMX fans on the sunny south coast of France. Strombergs took the holeshot and dominated the remaining 30 seconds of the race from start to finish. With this victory during the last Supercross event of the season, the Olympic and World Champion also secured his overall 2010 Supercross World Cup title.
(picture Maris Strombergs celebrates, credit UCI BMX / Patrick Pichon)
Strombergs running a temperature
Maris Strombergs was ecstatic after his final race. “This is amazing. I felt so tired today. I was not expecting this,” Strombergs said gasping for air. “I was running a temperature and I could not have done one more race! But I kept focussed on this last one and gave it all. This is great. But I am not done yet. I want to win it all. Also the ABA Grands that are coming up in the states.”
Strombergs is determined. If he wins the ABA Grands in November of this year, he will win the quadruple crown, something that has not been done before. Winning the NBL Grands 2010, UCI World Championships 2010 the UCI 2010 Supercross World Cup and the ABA Grand.
Willers: “I won the Silver”
Second was Marc Willers from New Zealand and third Connor Fields. Willers is back in the podium and a happy man. When asked whether Willers had lost the gold or won the silver, the Kiwi said smiling: “It felt like I won the silver.”
Willoughby not on the podium
Sam Willoughby was the only rider that also had a chance on taking the 2010 Supercross World cup title. But in order to do so the double junior world champion from Australia had to beat Maris Strombergs by two places. With a fourth place in the final Willoughby could not prolong his 2009 World Cup title.
| Sarah Walker back on track|
Sarah Walker won the women’s event and is back on track after she suffered a back injury during the World Championships in South Africa. Second was Lauren Reynolds from Australia and third the 2009 junior world champion Mariana Pajon. Favourite Laëtitia Le Corguillé crashed on October 8 and could not compete due to a broken finger.
(Picture: podium women, Walker, Reynolds and Pajon, credit UCI BMX / Patrick Pichon)
“Smooth and simple”
Sarah Walker said immediately after her winning the event, “I felt strong, kept it smooth and simple. That gave me the victory. I also did not have any expectations. I just wanted to race as a starting point after my injury. So I am really happy, but it is a bit bitter sweet because Laëtitia could not race. I would have loved to compete against her. In Copenhagen we were elbowing all the way. That was great competition. But on the other hand I won here and to do that you have to race and stay on your bike and that is just what I did.”
Results Frejus Supercross:
1) M. Strombergs (LAT) 31.805
2) M. Willers (NZL) 31.960
3) C. Fields (USA) 32.139
4) S. Willoughby (AUS) 32.749 4
5) R. Marino (ARG) 33.027
6) J. Meyers (USA) 33.344
7) B. Kirkham (AUS) 1:00.399
8) L. Phillips (GBR) 8
1) S. Walker (NZL) 35.774
2) L. Reynolds (AUS) 36.195
3) M. Pajon (COL) 36.327
4) A. Post (USA) 36.391
5) A. Martin (USA) 36.933
6) J. Seesing (NED) 37.610
7) R. Bracken (AUS) 38.118
8) A. Carr (USA) 46.398 8