What a great start to the biggest BMX show on earth as yesterday the Olympic’s have officially kicked off, and this time tomorrow it will all ready be over, for half the mens field their campaign is unfortunately already over. The ladies only have semi’s so tomorrow is their big day. A couple of suprising results in the men’s time trials although a few of the guys looked to be on cruise mode, especially Maris who looked to be taking things easy. Raymon vd Biezen looked like his old self and set the fastest time of the day. No suprise for the ladies as the tt specialst Caroline Buccanan put herself on top of the standings with Shanze back in sixth.
Todays format saw most of the heavy hitters qualify after the first 3 rounds, including Liam Phillips who looked very comfortable for #TeamGB with solid secind places finished behind Connor Fields. Liam was marginally ahead a couple of times down the first but Connor’s inside lane took him into the lead.. Liam is looking good for a main event and a potential medal! Marc Willers was the only man standing in his second moto after the whole field went down around him.. Willers looks strong but maybe not as fluid around the track as some of the others including Joris Daudet who could be the spoiler tomorrow afternoon with his aggresive and good cornering, Joris looked very smooth!
The bookies have written Maris off as he’s dropped from clear 2-1 favourite to 7-1 following his moto’s. I personally think Maris is still a great bet as we all know too well, the first goal is to make the main, then 1 solid lap for the gold, Maris is more than capeable of putting it together when it counts.
Nick Long’s campaign is over as fellow USA team mate David Herman took the last qualifiying spot in his moto despite him winning the last lap. Brian Kirkham couldn’t put it together and is also out. One of the best thing’s I saw today was Arnaud Dubois bunnyhop Sergio Salazar’s bike in the last turn when he wased out. Quick reactions gave his a third in that lap but he was a couple of points off making the cut..Moana Moo Caille also didn’t make the cut and Kurt Pickard and Emilio Falla crashed hard together on the jump into the first turn and ended their Olympics. Kurt Pickard has loads of potential. When everything clicks into place for him I’m sure we’ll see good things and better consistency.
All 3 Latvians are through to the semi’s, Tremanis looked strong despite his heavy slam in the time trial and Euro no.2 Rijards Veijde rode well to make the last 16, needless to say coach Ivo Lakucs was very happy!
This is how the semi’s are stacking up for the Men’s class:
You can’t say one is easier than the other in my opinion although I’ve heard people saying “Liam’s in the easy one!” Not sure how you draw that conclussion myself as they are both loaded. Liam should be very confident though going into the last day of action.
Tune into the BBC, hit the red button and enjoy the last day of BMX in London 2012! Good luck to #TeamGB, the fans will be rooting for you! One thing’s for sure the weather forcast looks hot, the track is dialled, the stands will be packed and this time tomorrow night all the build up of the last couple of years will be over and our new champions will be crowned… Stay tuned!