Identiti BMX Team Report: British BMX Series Rd 1 National Indoor BMX Centre Manchester March 23/24
The gate dropped on the 2013 BMX season in some style, with the National Indoor BMX Centre in Manchester once again playing host to the opening round. After the big wheelers had battled it out on Saturday, the stage was set for a Supercross race featuring some of the World’s best riders. Tre Whyte was in the thick of the action but a crash in his first moto made his evening harder and he didn’t make the main against tough competition.
Charlotte Green was looking to impress in her first outing for the team and rode well but narrowly missed out on the final, ending up 9th.
Both riders were out to make amends on Sunday, Charlotte in a stacked Championship Women class and Tre in Elite Men which had 66 riders in it! British Olympian Shanaze Reade took the women’s win, with Charlotte a fantastic 4th just behind international riders Merle Van Benthem and Simone Tetsche Christensen. Team-mate Joey Gough, World Champion in 17+ Women, raced hard and was justly rewarded with 7th in the main.
Tre was on fire in Elite, showing he knows the track at the Indoor Centre like the back of his hand. In a class full of international riders, some of whom represented their countries at the 2012 Olympics, Tre was a whisker away from the main ending up with 2nd in the B Final. A great result that shows he’ll be one to watch this season.
Kye Whyte has already demonstrated big brother Tre isn’t the only fast rider in the family but Sunday wasn’t to be his day with a crash in motos in a busy 15’s class taking its toll.
Proving the team is a family affair, the father and son pairing of Pete and Jake Power rode strongly all day, with Pete once again showing he’s a force to be reckoned with in Veterans, only bested on the day by a great performance from Ian Sharp.
Jake stepped up to Championship Men this year, the replacement for Junior Men and no place for the faint hearted. Despite being one of the youngest in the class he handled the racing and the pressure brilliantly, finishing 9th. The fact that the class has some riders with experience in Elite shows how tough it is!
The next British BMX Series rounds are on April 27/28 at the new Cyclopark facility in Kent.