UCI BMX Supercross World Cup: Can Phillips and Pajon confirm in South Carolina?
The final round of the 2015 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup will take place at the permanent BMX Supercross track in Rock Hill, South Carolina on September 25 and 26. World Cup leaders Liam Phillips (GBR) and Mariana Pajon (COL) will face strong competition in the country where BMX racing was born.
Elite Men: Phillips a strong favourite for overall win
Liam Phillips has won three out of four rounds this year and is a strong favourite for the overall win in the Men class. After round four of the UCI BMX SX World Cup in Argentina, the British team travelled directly to Rock Hill to prepare for the upcoming final race. Phillips’ main competition comes from the Dutch camp. Current UCI BMX Elite Men World Champion Niek Kimmann (NED) still has a shot at the overall as he sits in second place. Unfortunately Jelle van Gorkom (NED), third in the current overall standings, took a big hit while training at the track in Rock Hill and is out with two broken collarbones and a broken rib. This leaves the door open for Sam Willoughby (AUS), Amidou Mir (FRA) and Anthony Dean (AUS) to step on the podium on Saturday night when the Overall champions are crowned. Americans Connor Fields, Corben Sharrah and Nic Long are ready to take on 'the foreigners' on their home soil and will shoot for a podium spot at the last World Cup race of the 2015 season.
Elite Women: Post looking for home win
Alise Post (USA) has set a goal for the race in Rock Hill: victory. The American is currently second in the overall standings, just 30 points short of leader Mariana Pajon (COL) and 30 points ahead of 2015 UCI BMX Elite Women World Champion Stefany Hernandez, of Venezuela. The multimillion dollar BMX facility will stage a thrilling final in the Women’s class with last year's UCI BMX SX World Cup winner Carolina Buchanan (AUS) wanting to end the season on a positive note. Currently in fourth in the overall ranking, she will try to move up a place (or two) to claim a podium spot. America is doing well in the Women’s category with Felicia Stancil, Dani George and Brooke Crain all pre-qualified. Along with Alise Post they will form half of the field in the Women Time Trials Superfinals that take place on Friday.
It is the first time the UCI BMX SX World Cup visits Rock Hill, but it is expected to be a race to be remembered. Qualifying races and the Time Trials Superfinals with the pre-qualified riders (top 16 men and top 8 women) will take place on Friday 25 September. The World Cup race follows on Saturday 26 September.
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