Bart de Jong was out in Papendal getting a few pics for BMXTalk, check out his write up and pics below-
The Brits in Papendal did not all have the best of luck. Friday was a chill day of practice under perfect weather conditions. Getting used to the track and the new surface on the starting gate didn’t take all too long. Conditions changed drastically on Saturday when the sun was gone and the wind had picked up making racing pretty gnarly to start with. First victim was Tre Whyte who crashed and needed to be stitched up in a place where you don’t really want to get stitches. Tre had a hard time sitting down after that so you know what area we’re talking about here. As a pre qualified rider for the Time Trials Superfinals later on that day, Tre had some time to consider rolling down the starting hill or not. In the end he did which was good to see. Liam Phillips and Kyle Evans were both qualified for the TT Superfinal so they did not have to race the qualifying races on Saturday. Billy Luckhurst and Quillan Isidor had to race the qualifying races to make the top 48. Billy ended up getting 72 while Quillan did not have the best of luck crashing in his last two motos while getting a third in the first one. It wasn’t his day and he’s had his fair share of bad luck days already this season so the only way is up from here.
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The Time Trials superfinal was won by American Connor Fields who set a new track record. Liam Phillips wasn’t far behind and finished in 2nd giving him a good gate pick for Sunday’s race. Kyle Evans got 12th and Trey Whyte managed to get dressed and roll down the starting hill to get a DNF (did not finish) behind his name instead of a DNS (did not start). Much respect.
Charlotte Green was the sole British rider to make the main program in Papendal after qualifying in 23rd. Abbie Taylor was one place short making Sunday’s racing program. The difference with number 24 was less than 1/10th of a second. Charlotte continued to have an off day on Sunday and did not transfer to the next round with the 6-5-8 finishes she had in her motos.
Both Liam Phillips and Kyle Evans had no problems making it to the quarter finals on the wide open track at the Olympic training centre of the Dutch. In front of a 4500 deep crowd Liam and Kyle failed to transfer to the semi. For Liam it meant he had to give up the red leader plate and is now sitting in 4th in the World Cup standings.
The Elite Men race was won by Niek Kimmann who pulled it off from Lane 8. Mariana Pajon was in her own league in the women class and now shares the leader plate with Caroline Buchanan who finished 4th in Papendal.
Men: Kimmann N (NED) 37.577 1, Willoughby S (AUS) +0.262 2, van Gorkom J (NED) +0.273 3, Dean A (AUS) +0.832 4, Oquendo Zabala CM (COL) +1.081 5, Rezende R (BRA) +1.124 6, Caleyron Q (FRA) +2.051 7, Daudet J (FRA) +5.065 8,
Women: Pajon M (COL) 36.193 1, Stancil F (USA) +1.229 2, Hernandez S (VEN) +1.789 3, Buchanan C (AUS) +2.436 4, Reynolds L (AUS) +3.177 5, Christensen S (DEN) +3.768 6, Post A (USA) +12.717 7, van Benthem M (NED) +13.644 8,
MEN: Willoughby S (AUS) 1 310, Mir A (FRA) 2 295, Kimmann N (NED) 3 290, Phillips L (GBR) 4 280, Daudet J (FRA) 5 260, van Gorkom J (NED) 6 250, Treimanis E (LAT) 7 250, Oquendo Zabala CM (COL) 8 235,
WOMEN: Pajon M (COL) 1 380, Buchanan C (AUS) 2 380, Hernandez S (VEN) 3 330, Post A (USA) 4 320, Stancil F (USA) 5 295, van Benthem M (NED) 6 250, Reynolds L (AUS) 7 240, Suvorova N (RUS) 8 240,