Saturday, 21 May 2011 13:45
|Press release: UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Sharrah and Valentino win|
First Stop UCI BMX Supercross won by Corben Sharrah (USA) en Manon Valentino (FRA)
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa 9 April 2011 - It was a glorious day in Pietermaritzburg. Some 2.000 South African BMX fans were treated to the best of BMX racing worldwide. It was also a great day for the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup series presented by Swatch with an extremely successful first stop of the 2011. But it was especially a glorious day for Corben Sharrah (USA) en Manon Valentino (FRA) who won the first elite BMX Supercross World Cup event of 2011.
Sharrah “The track suited my style of riding”
| Valentino "This is totally amazing”! |
21 year old French sensation Valentino (Picture) was ecstatic after completing a totally dominant win in the women's main final. "This is totally amazing! What a comeback for me!" gushed the former junior world champion, whose first year as a senior was troubled by injury.
In truth she had won the final by the time she had turned into the second straight. From her quicksilver reaction off the start gate to her athletic and fluid pace across the demanding 15 meter triple on the first straight, she was peerless, and romped home to win by more than a second from Argentinean Gabriela Diaz, with Kiwi icon Sarah Walker earning the last spot on the podium.
Action packed event
Australian ace Sam Willoughby was the shock omission from the main final line-up. He was one of four riders to crash out of the semi-finals in a pileup on the first berm that also accounted for gutsy Canadian Tory Nyhaug, Dutchman Jelle van Gorkom and Joshua Meyers of the USA.
Two podium contenders fell by the wayside in a drama-laden second men's quarter final, where on-form Frenchman Sylvain Andre and former world champ Donnie Robinson of the USA, who was being cheered on his comeback to the Supercross circuit, were both unseated in spills.
The heady mix of on-track action and music under the blazing sun provided a compelling spectacle for the big crowd that packed into the new BMX venue at Alexandra Park, which will become a permanent BMX facility after the Supercross.
Picture: Mens semi final 'carnage on the track' Willoughby (AUS) bites the dust
SUMMARY OF RESULTS
DAY TWO UCI BMX SUPERCROSS PIETERMARITZBURG
1.Corben Sharrah USA 34.054
2.Khalen Young AUS 34.815
3.Joris Daudet FRA 35.095
4.Raymon van der Biezen NED 35.156
5.Andres Jiminez Caicedo 35.620
6.Robert de Wilde NED 36.026
7. David Herman USA 37.689
8. Marc Williers NZL 1.13.216
1.Manon Valentino FRA 33.714
2.Maria Gabriela Diaz ARG 34.858
3.Sarah Walker NZL 36.116
4.Magalie Pottier FRA 43.085
5.Caroline Buchanan AUS 43.726
6.Vilma Rimsaite LTU 49.473
7.Stefany Hernandez VEN 1.04.473
8.Lauren Reynolds AUS Did Not Finish