Two young BMX riders claim world championship titles

Two young BMX riders claim world championship titles

New Zealand has two riders on top of the world after winning titles on the first day of the UCI BMX World Championships in Colombia.

Leila Walker in action at last year’s world champs
Leila Walker in action at last year’s world champs

Sacha Earnest from Auckland won her third world title, taking out the 10 years honours at Medellin today, while Leila Walker (Cambridge) won the 11 years final which was the fourth straight year she has claimed the world championship honours.

Four Kiwis won medals on the first day of the Challenge class racing today for riders 12 years and under.

It was a double celebration for the Greenough family from Cambridge with Jack finishing second in the 11 years final and sister Lily winning the bronze medal in the nine years class.

Two other young riders made the grand finals today with Whangarei’s Luke Brooke-Smith seventh in the eight years division and Te Awamutu’s Brooke Penny fourth in the 11 years final.

Earnest won world titles in 2013 and 2014 before finishing second last year. The rider from the Mountain Raiders club was in outstanding form, winning all three of her qualifying motos, the semifinal and final to claim the world number one plate for a third time.

Walker was dominant in her win last year and again proved the class of the field in the 11 years division, winning her semifinal and final impressively.

The age groups from 13 years and above plus Masters will be decided tomorrow ahead of the Cruiser class on Saturday (NZ time). Sunday moves to the elite racing with qualifying ahead of the elimination races on Monday.

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