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Willoughby Wacks Opposition at Nerang

A great crowd braved threatening weather at Nerang last night to witness Australia’s best BMX riders contest Round 3 of the National Probikx-Champbikz Series.


Photo: Riders got a chance to fly high over the Pro section at Nerang
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With our best riders on show and a number of international riders ready to test the Aussies, a great start to the weekend was assured.

The highlight of the night was the exceptional win of Pro rider, Sam Willoughby, in the Elite Men’s Final, which saw the 2009 BMX World Junior Champion battle the likes of Luke Madill, Jared Graves and Brian Kirkham.

For Willoughby, success came after missing the start in the Final.

“I was a little late getting out” Sam told CSN.

“But this is a really fun race. Everybody was going everywhere. It was pretty full-on.

This is a really good track, but the corners are a little tight. You’ve got to be on the brakes just sliding through, hoping you are going to make it without messing up.”

“I’ve just come back after a three week break, and I’m just starting up now before going back to the U.S. to ride for Redline in a Series over there”.  nerang_nationals1_006

Photo: Plenty of great action to set the crowd alight
Copyright Peter Ford (Cycle Sport news)

I usually do training in the gym three or four times a week, so I’m able to keep up a high standard of fitness. I also ride dirt bikes in the off season, That’s a lot of fun.”

In a very tight finish in the Men’s Elite race, Willoughby was able to beat Luke Madill by 59/100ths of a second, with Brian Kirkham nearly half a second back in third place.

The surprise of the night was the shock run of Kamakazi in his Semi.

After winning three motos, the Beijing Olympian, who is currently on the comeback trail, failed to make the top four and missed out on a place in the final.

Australia’s leading female BMX rider, Caroline Buchanan, easily won the Elite Women’s Probikx race, deafeating Lauren Reynolds and Nicole Callisto.