1. Joris DAUDET (FRA) – 2. Edzus TREIMANIS (Latvia) – 3. Jordy VAN DER HEIJDEN (NED) – 4. Vincent PELLUARD (FRA) – 5. Lartijn JASPERS (NED – 6. Luis BRETHAUER (GER) – 7. Lilian GOUX (FRA) – 8. Sebastian KARTFJORD (NOR)
1. Romain MAHIEU (FRA) – 2. Alberto Carlos RAMIREZ (COL) -3. Julian SCHMIDT (GER) – 4. Maël LEVAY (FRA) – 5. Kristaps VINTERS (LAT) – 6. Larl LE NAGARD (FRA) – 7. Jorge Geovanny ROURA (ECU) – 8. Amidou MIR (FRA – DNS)
Jr and Elite Finals : Sunday
Finales Championnat d'Europe BMX Round 12 à… by bmx2day
1. DAUDET Joris (FRA) – 2. VEIDE Rihards (LAT) – 3. MANKUS Toms (LAT) – 4. ANTHONY Alex (USA) – 5. VAN DER HEIJDEN Jordy (NED) – 6. DUBOIS Arnaud (BEL) – 7. MAYET Romain (FRA) – 8. LAPRAZ Yvan (SUI)
1. MAHIEU Romain (FRA) – 2. RAMIREZ Carlos Alberto (COL) – 3. MIR Amidou (FRA) – 4. SCHMIDT Julian (GER) – 5. LE NAGARD Axel (FRA) – 6. LINK Mark (NED) – 7. LEVAY Maël (FRA) – 8. VINTERS Kristaps (LAT)
The European Championships went down this last weekend over in Orleans France. The impressive indoor arena was more impressive than the track which caused some serious uproar from the unhappy crowd at various times throughout the event. The first turn was the initial talking point of the weekend, it was on the small side and quite mellow, slippery and as with most first turns that are shaped for the pro section it made it hard for the challenge riders to get back into their section. This is unfortunately becoming more and more common on today’s tracks but had to be frustrating for riders who’d go into the turn second from the outside and be pushed wide sometimes not able to get back over in time.. This caught out a few of our guys including Quillan Isidore in the semi’s.
For me the event was lacking in the “usual” atmosphere we’ve come to expect from French Indoor races like St.Etienne and Caen. No show, fancy lighting or good music, the commentary was flat and with the track having a few issue’s I feel this time we were let down for an event of this calibre especially as the Frech normally go the extra mile to put on a good event. The track became a farse on Saturday for the younger challenge classes. The second turn black spots took riders out left right and centre in the qualifiers. On many occasions the leaders would just wash out completely on there own.. The crowd booed the organisation and whistled throughout most of the quarter and semi final action in protest.
To rub salt in the wounds of the young guys who lost titles and final places, the turns were carpeted before Elite practice and racing, eliminating the problem. On the whole the GB youngsters put on a good show with a good number of finalists, Luke shriever took a 7th, while Beth Shriever, Darcy Taylor and Kim Baptista all took 3rd place finishes. Lauren Stack also rode really well making the final.. Good laps from Josh Peters, Brookes’s and Ethan Vernon who was unlucky to crash in the first turn and not make the final, also Harley Taylor who also washed out in the second turn whilst qualifying in his 1/8th.
The talent team had a rough day with Valerie Zebrokova crashing out in the first turn and not making it through the semi’s. Paddy Sharrock also got pushed wide in turn one in the 1/8ths and was battling mid pack coming through when a rider went down in front of him. Quillan Isadore had the UK hopes on him for a podium in Jr Novice class, but again the first turn was the critical part of the race for him. He went in second from the outside, got bumped wide by the leader, tried to get back in and looked to get locked up and clip out and didn’t make the big show. I’m sure there was a lot of disappointment in the bus on the way home but the Worlds is another day and a completely different race so I’m sure this weekends results will drive them on in their final training for the Worlds in 2 week’s time and they can bounce back. No doubt Quillan will will be hungrier than ever!
Another shout out to Keith Bryceland who was was literally a few metres away for a Euro cruiser title before blowing up on the last jump when his forks sheered clean off! The 40-44 final was one of the best I’ve seen!
Jr Men : Amidou Mir’s consistency paid off with the overall title although both wins this weekend went to Roman Mehieu. Carlos Ramires as ever had some super fast laps and took the second again on Sunday. Julian schmidt from finished the season strongly and took the overall 3rd spot bumping Stay Strong Bensink’s Leopold Tramier down to 4th in the rankings.
Elite Men: 105 riders in the class including a welcome return to the series from World Champion Joris Daudet who came in with 2 comfortable wins for the weekend. Edzus Tremanis took second on Saturday with stay Strong’s Jordy Van Der Heijden in 3rd.
The overall mens ranking finished:
1st Edzus Tremanis – Formula Europe
2nd Rijards Veijde – Meybo
3rd Jordy Van Den Heijden Stay strong / Bensink.
The month of May is just starting to heat up, next weekend see’s the World cup round in Papendaal before the all important last chance qualifier for London Olympics and the showdown of the World championships at the NIA Birmingham.