Fastest laps for Kimmann and Pajon at final UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in South Carolina.
The Novant Health BMX Supercross Track in Rock Hill is arguably the most incredible BMX facility on earth. The best riders in the world got to experience the sports complex in South Carolina today when qualifying racing and the Time Trials Superfinals were on the program. After an afternoon of great racing, American Corben Sharrah and Gonzalo Molina (ARG) qualified in first and second after winning all three heats on a track that held up great after all the rain it received over the last few days. The surface of the track is incredible and stayed solid all day and the asphalt turns turned out to be grippy even when they were slightly wet. 48 Men and 24 Women qualified for tomorrow's racing with Simone Christensen (DEN) and Germany's Nadja Pries (GER) qualifying in first and second respectively in the Women class.
The top 16 pre-qualified men and top 8 highest ranked women finished off the first day with the Time Trials Superfinals. To set the fastest lap of the day was the goal for each rider. Especially the UCI BMX SX World Cup title in the Women class is up for grabs for three athletes. To show the competition who's fastest is a great way to start off the weekend. That honour went to current leader Mariana Pajon from Colombia. Not only is the 2015 UCI BMX Elite Women Time Trials World Champion fast, she makes it look good as well. Her time of 34.511s on the women section of the great Rock Hill track could not be beat.
Mariana Pajon: "This track is incredible, I'm loving it. I'm feeling strong going into tomorrow after setting the fastest time today. Hopefully it will stay dry and I'm just going to do my best tomorrow."
Holland's Niek Kimmann is currently second in points and has a long shot at the 2015 UCI BMX SX World Cup title. England's Liam Phillips (GBR) has won three out of four World Cup races this year but in BMX racing anything is possible. Kimmann showed he's got the form by setting the fastest time but Phillips was only 0.275s slower in third place.
Kimmann: "I'm feeling good, but there are no points for the ranking for winning the time trials so it's all coming down to tomorrow. Liam Phillips has quite a big lead so I need a bit of luck here and there if I want to win the title but I'll do my best," the Dutch man said after he had just won the Time Trials Superfinal with a 34.100s lap. He continued: "I did two Time Trials Superfinals this year and I got two second place finishes. I really wanted a win and today I got it."
Second fastest time was for Sam Willoughby (AUS) who is one of the many riders that have set their minds on taking over third place in the World Cup ranking which is currently in the hands of Dutchman Jelle van Gorkom who is out with injury.
Racing continues on Saturday 26 September and starts at 6pm local time. Watch it live on www.bmxlive.tv
Time Trials Superfinals results:
Women: Pajon M (COL) 34.511 1, Buchanan C (AUS) +0.265 2, Hernandez S (VEN) +1.024 3, Post A (USA) +1.260 4, George D (USA) +1.468 5, Crain B (USA) +1.811 6, Reynolds L (AUS) +3.076 7, Stancil F (USA) +23.375 8,
Men: Kimmann N (NED) 34.100 1, Willoughby S (AUS) +0.073 2, Phillips L (GBR) +0.275 3, Fields C (USA) +0.449 4, Daudet J (FRA) +0.469 5, Campo A (ECU) +0.581 6, Mir A (FRA) +0.933 7, Graf D (SUI) +1.022 8, Long N (USA) +1.067 9, Oquendo Zabala CM (COL) +1.275 10, Godet D (FRA) +1.287 11, Turner B (AUS) +1.293 12, Treimanis E (LAT) +1.365 13, Dean A (AUS) +1.383 14, Rezende R (BRA) +1.542 15, Evans K (GBR) +1.652 16,