Fields doubles up on UCI BMX World Cup wins in Argentina
Santiago del Estero, Argentina (May 11, 2013) — After winning the superfinal time trial yesterday, Connor Fields (Henderson, Nev./BMX Racing Group-Chase Bicycles) rode to victory in the supercross on Saturday in the second round of the 2013 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, held in Santiago del Estero, Argentina.
Fields, who won every lap he raced throughout the weekend, finished more than eight-tenths of a second ahead of runner-up Jelle van Gorkom of the Netherlands. Joris Daudet (France) finished third. Justin Posey (Winston Salem, N.C./Dan’s Competition), the men’s winner at the USA Cycling Collegiate BMX National Championships earlier this year, took fifth after qualifying for his first supercross world cup final.
“Justin is showing a lot of promise,” said U.S. national BMX coach James Herrera.
Along with Fields and Posey, Jared Garcia (Victorville, Calif./Supercross Bicycles) also advanced to the semifinals, but an untimely crash brought an end to his hopes of a spot in the finals.
“Jared had a solid weekend. He was in a qualifying spot in the semi going into turn two, but someone clipped his front wheel causing him to crash. He's got a great future ahead of him,” commented Herrera.
Arielle Martin (East Spanaway, Wash./Intense BMX), who finished eighth in the superfinal time trial, crashed in her first lap of the qualifying motos, but came back strong to ride her way into the supercross final. However, another unfortunate crash led to a seventh-place finish for Martin.
In addition to Martin, Americans Dani George (Palmdale, Calif./Supercross BMX) and Brooke Crain (Visalia, Calif./Haro Bicycles)) also made the semifinal heats, but weren't able to advance. After winning two of three qualifying heats, a crash in her semifinal race knocked Crain out of contention.
Despite a few crashes, the American squad showed a lot of promise throughout the event. “Team morale was good all weekend,” said Jamie Staff, USA Cycling’s high performance director of sprint programs. American BMX riders will next set their sights on the USA Cycling Elite BMX National Championships in Chula Vista, Calif., on May 18. Round three of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup falls June 15-16 in Papendal, Holland.
For complete results of round two in Argentina, please visit www.bmx-results.com.
UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Round Two
Santiago del Estero, Argentina
May 11, 2013
1. Connor Fields (Henderson, Nev./BMX Racing Group-Chase Bicycles) 32.008
2. Jelle Van Gorkom (Netherlands) 32.850
3. Joris Daudet (France) 33.769
5. Justin Posey (Winston Salem, N.C./Dan’s Competition) 34.252
1. Shanaze Reade (Great Britain) 35.622
2. Mariana Pajon (Colombia) 35.675
3. Laura Smulders (Netherlands) 36.090
7. Arielle Martin (East Spanaway, Wash./Intense BMX) 1:11.283
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