Identiti’s team manager David Franciosy has sent over a race report from the first 2012 national this past weekend, talking about his new team riders and how they got on.
This weekend saw team Identiti’s debut in BMX racing at the new indoor track in Manchester for the first round of the 2012 British Cycling BMX Nationals. This was the first time that all of the team came together, as the riders are from all over the UK, and with the impressive team pits all set up and riders in full factory kit we aimed to start the season with a bang.
Martin Ogden, in the 35-39 Cruiser class, was the first rider of the weekend to take the win.
Three clear motos followed by a clear semi race meant he easily made the final.
In the final he left the entire field behind to take his first win onboard his Identiti Krisis MX.
Fellow Factory Team rider Jake Power soon followed suit taking his first ever national win in the 15 Year Boys class. Jake also had a clean sweep of moto’s and continued this in the semi-finals with yet another win. Jake then rubber-stamped his dominance by powering through the final, and finishing some 10 + bike lengths in front of the field.
Jordan had his first ever BMX race and found himself in a very competitive and packed Male 17-24 class. The strength of the field was increased as a lot or riders stayed in this class so they could race the World Championships in Birmingham. This made it a very hard field to race against and Jordan had three hard motos containing some riders that could have placed well in pro elite! Jordan held his own and came a very good 33rd out of 53 riders which is not a bad start to his BMX racing career. In fact it was extremely good for his first ever race at perhaps the hardest National Bmx Track on the calendar this year.
Team rider Joey Gough had her first race back in BMX for many years against a super hard field in Championship Women. Once again many riders chose to stay in this class to enable them to compete at the Worlds. Joey had a great first moto coming in second place but a very strong field consisting of many World Class riders from Europe (who had stayed over from Saturday night’s Supercross event) meant it would be a stiff test for her. Despite this she rode brilliantly and raced her way into the final. A first turn crash in the final meant that a place on the podium wasn’t to be. But 8th place for her first race in a long time is still a very good result and gives her something to build upon.
Peter Power (Father to the superfast and super smooth Jake Power) had his first race on board an Identiti Krisis MX in the Veteran Category. Pete obliterated the field by taking the win in every moto and left the field behind in the finals to take his first win of the 2012 season.
Michael Cummins had a hard day in Junior (especially as they had to use Manchester’s super tech “pro section”, which is one of the hardest pro sections in the UK) but raced well and had some very good gates resulting in him doing well in every moto. Unfortunately in the semi-final he missed the last jump of the pro section which meant he ended up in the B finals. Michael went on to win the Junior B finals by a massive margin and leave us to think what could have been! With some very tight and fast racing on a very hard track we are very happy with Michael’s results on board his Identiti Krisis MX.
Team Manager Dave Franciosy had this to add:
The team were under a lot of pressure to perform this weekend and despite it being the first time they all were together it was great to see how well they bonded and worked together.
With such a large amount of pre-race press the team were sure to get a lot of attention during the race weekend from fans and fellow racers alike. To add to this pressure the Extreme Sports Channel followed the team for the weekend with the riders doing interviews. The crew also took plenty of race footage of the team to be broadcast on the channel.
I could not have asked for a better start to the season for the new team with all the riders doing very well on such a hard track. It certainly goes to show that we should have a great year ahead of us.
I would like to thank all our sponsors:
Identiti Bikes, Halo, Gusset, ODI, TSG, Maxxis, Monster Energy, Action Cameras, Fox Head Europe, Drift Innovations, One Industries, Sixsixone, Time Pedals, Renthal.
As without you all we couldn’t have put together such an exciting team.