Corben Sharrah wins Supercross World Cup opener in South Africa


Corben seeded fifth in the Time Trial Super Final before going on to win in the main. (Photo by Jerry Landrum)
Corben seeded fifth in the Time Trial Super Final before going on to win in the main. (Photo by Jerry Landrum)
Corben Sharrah (Tucson, Ariz./GT Bicycles) picked up his first Supercross World Cup win on Saturday at the series opener in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
After qualifying fifth in the time trial superfinal, the 19-year-old Sharrah worked his way through the early rounds and won his semi-final before moving into the main where he powered his way to the top step of the podium.
In the main, Sharrah got the hole shot and looked to be in total control as he led into the first berm. While the pack jostled behind him, he never lost control, racing to the win ahead of Australian Khalen Young and time trial superfinal winner Jores Daudet of France.Fellow American David Herman (Wheat Ridge, Colo./Intense BMX) also represented the U.S. in the men’s final, working his way to seventh-place.
“This track really suited my style of riding,” said Sharrah afterwards. “I had a really good gate and won the big battle to get into the first turn first. When I realized I was leading, it was all about staying calm and focused. That was the critical part for me. It feels fantastic to win the first World Cup of the season.”
On the women’s side of competition, Americans Brooke Crain (Visalia, Calif./Haro-Rockstar) and Alise Post (St. Cloud, Minn./Reline Bicycles) made it to the semi-finals, but  missed out on spots in the main after placing 5th and 7th respectively.
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