Tyler Brown travels to Japan
So last week was a busy week for me. I started off my week normal, and then I got a phone call that changed the whole thing! Monday afternoon I get a call from John, the Avent TM. Here is how the conversations goes; â€œHey Tyler what are you doing this weekend?â€? â€œNo plans yet, why what’s up?â€? â€œWell, do you want to go to Japan this weekend?â€? That is where things changed big time! So it was confirmed Tuesday, I flew out Wednesday, made it in time for the Opening Ceremony Thursday, raced Friday and Saturday, and was back on a plan home Sunday! So it was a busy, filled up trip! Here is how my races and some other things went:
There was a good AA Class that showed up in Japan plus mix in some fast locals and it was a good day of racing! In my motos I finished 4th, 3rd, 1st. In the semi I was able to ride strong to finish 2nd and get a spot in the main. Everything worked out for all of the riders and it was a very good main. All of the AA’s and one of the fastest Japan riders lined up on the gate for a great main.
For those who do not follow Motocross, here's a little comparison. Every year we've got the world's for BMX but actually the real racing is taking place in America. In the United States of America everything is "bigger and better" and that's the same with motocross. You've got the GP series where the best racers of the world meet but at the same time there are the SX and outdoor Nationals in the USA where the fast and aggressive racers battle for the big bucks on spectacular tracks. But once every year the Motocross des Nations (MXdN) are held.
On Thursday the top BMX riders from around the world gathered to participate in the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup at the Dew Action Sports Tour. The Toyota Challenge, held last week at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, was the fifth stop on the Dew Action Sports Tour, but the first to include BMX racing. The BMX Supercross was the only event included in the Toyota Challenge that gave spectators the excitement of head to head racing along with the extraordinary spectacle of speed and jumps that is the BMX Supercross format.
Robert was excited when he saw the track on Thursday morning. The steep start ramp and big jumps on the track looked like they were tailored to his powerful and technical riding style. His only concern was the wind. As Robert’s turn to qualify approached the banner at the top of the start ramp was blowing almost completely horizontal in the wind, and he was a little worried that it would slow him down. His time trial run was .39 seconds slower than Mike Day, but strong enough for 2nd overall.
Robert de Wilde did it again! He's the winner of the UCI Supercross held in San Jose, California which was part of the Dew Action Sports Tour so this race will have some serious TV coverage as well. Congrats to the Dutch Wildman!
Here's part of the official press release:
Robert De Wilde, 28, of the Netherlands took top honors in the Toyota Challenge’s specialty competition, the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Finals. BMX Supercross will make its debut as a Olympic medal sport in Beijing in 2008. De Wilde, also known as the â€œFlying Dutchman,â€? captured the title with a final time of 30.091 seconds. Luke Madill, 25, of Australia finished second with 31.928 while Montgomery, Texas native Kyle Bennett, 25, came in third with a time of 32.717. A total of 48 riders competed.
Today the UCI Supercross BMX race is taking place in San Jose as part of the Dew Tour. The track looks insane and it even got a few of the freestyle guys in the mood to line up for the qualifying time trials. Tim "Fuzzy" Hall beat Alistair Whitton by 0.621 seconds and finished in 43rd and 44th respectively. Freshly new NBL champ Mike Day posted the best time with Holland's Robert de Wilde in second followed by UCI World Champ Bubba Harris in third. It is going to be an exciting race. Let's hope Robert can repeat his win from the UCI Supercross in Switzerland earlier this year.
Riders had two laps to set a time. The scores show both lap times and the fastest lap time.
1 W2 Mike Day 29.510 29.510 29.699
2 W3 Robert De Wilde 29.907 29.907 30.461
3 W1 Bubba Harris 29.973 30.026 29.973
(Ex-)BMX-ers seem to be doing well at 4-cross events. Brian Lopes won another World Title in Italy dicing with plenty of other riders whose names might sound familiar.
UCI Four-Cross World Championships Livigno, Italy.
1 Brian Lopes (United States Of America)
2 Jared Graves (Australia)
3 Mickael Deldycke (France)
4 Greg Minnaar (South Africa)
5 Eric Carter (United States Of America)
6 Roger Rinderknecht (Switzerland)
7 Kamil Tatarkovic (Czech Republic)
8 Rafael Alvarez De Lara Lu (Spain)
Staats Bicycles’ Mike Day wins the NBL AA Pro National Title. Mike entered the weekend sitting in a close second to Randy Stumphauser and only a few points ahead another Staats AA Pro, Robert de Wilde, the points where so close that the Champion would be whoever finished better in the final main event. All three riders qualified to the semi final rounds but Randy was not able to transfer out of the first semi. Mike and Robert were left to race together in the second final. Mike did not get a great start and had to fight back to transfer in the top four positions. Unfortunately for Robert, Mike had to pass Robert to transfer and Bob lost his chance to race Mike in the main for the title.
With both Randy and Robert out of the final only Warwick Stevenson had a chance to take the title from Mike. If Warwick won Mike had to finish fourth place or better to win the title. Warwick did the best he could and won the main event but Mike held on to finish in the top four, winning his first National Championship.
While the NBL held the grands on the Eastcoast, the ABA had a pro race going on in Reno, a city similar to Las Vegas. Not sure if Bubba Harris left the Blackjack table with a profit but he sure won the AA Pro race on Saturday.ABA Blackjack National Reno, Nevada. Pro Results Saturday/AA Pro - 1 Bubba Harris 2 Kyle Bennett 3 Michael Hughes 4 Mike Moeller 5 Jason Rogers 6 Taylor Wells 7 Paul Lange 8 Trevor Fay
Saturday/Vet Pro - 1 Todd Parry 2 Chris Ham 3 Darrin Mitchell 4 Mark Nunley 5 Shawn O'Gorman 6 Cody Smart 7 Rick Lowry 8 Anthony Wadley
The 2005 NBL BMX racing season has come to an end with the Grands being held in Kentucky last weekend. Samantha Cools and Mike Day are the new NBL champions. Check if your favorite rider made it to the top three in the overall standings or if they scored some cash at the race in Louisville.
2005 NBL Title Results:
For the past three years, each August, a group of USA BMX pros have been invited down to Bogota, Columbia to compete in a special BMX race event. The first year, it was formed to mark a celebration of the life of Mario Soto, one of the most promising BMX stars to come out of Columbia, who was tragically killed in 2001. The event has grown greatly since then and this year's BMX pros were brought over to compete and be honored at the BMX Festival.
The local Government of Bogota funds the local BMX program and holds this event during a huge celebration in the city, on the city's anniversary of foundation.