East London's first ever BMX racetrack rolled into action on Sunday with an opening race meeting in Dagenham attended by the Mayor of Barking and Dagenham. Cllr Marie West joined other civic dignitaries at Old Dagenham Park on Sunday, to officially open the racetrack which is just the second one to be built in London. Around 120 BMXers, young and old, novices and experts, arrived at the park to compete over various distances and in different age groups. The ambitious project to build the track, formed part of Barking and Dagenham Council's Parks Development Team's masterplan of improvements for the park off Siviter Way, Dagenham and features an eight-person track with a start hill and a variety of challenging jumps and humps.
The little one woke up at 6am on Sunday morning. It didn't really matter as I needed to get up anyway. The Open Dutch MX championships were on the program for the day and I planned on leaving at 9am. Right then it started to snow. Hard! I decided to enjoy the warm living room for a bit longer before I got in the car to drive to Gemert. It got real white within 15 minutes and I checked the internet to see if there were any posts up on the event. I coulnd't find anything so it was off to the track. 15 minutes later I arrived and the sun was out. Nice. It was cold but I was prepared and wore a lot of clothes. I checked in with the Universal MX riders ([url=http://www.mxjarno.com]Jarno Verhorevoort[/url] and new rider [url=http://www.johancarlsson.com/]Johan Carlsson[/url] from Sweden) before I made it to the track to shoot some pics in practice. The racing in both MX1 and MX2 classes was intense and here's the little report I wrote for Monday's Kickstart.
I just found out I was too late to get it posted so here goes:
This race is cancelled due to the bad weather. The track is unrideable.
If you feel like racing a BMX race, make yourself to the Joel Smets BMX track in Dessel, Belgium on 19 March. The BMX race is open for licenced riders from the KBWB (Belgium) and the KNWU (Netherlands) but also there is a class for those who do not have a license and whould like to enter a BMX race. There are several prizes to be won but most of all the race is about having a good time.
AA Pro Greg Romero has agreed to fill in the now vacant position on Team Haro. Greg Romero, a highly decorated BMX racer, agreed to fill in for his good friend, and fellow racer Jason Richardson while he is out with his recent femur injury. Speaking with Richardson yesterday about the decision he commented "I'm grateful for the fact that there's no issue with Haro supporting me while I am down...which also proves that there is no place better for me in BMX. My decision to pick Greg as my replacement was backed up by many reasons, but our mutual respect for one another and his ability to compliment the existing Haro team seemed to be the two that stood out in my mind. I'm very thankful that Greg (somewhat) put his personal BMX career on hold to help out me and my Haro teammates."
You might feel that this is not the right place for a Supercross report but the similarities to BMX are there and I like it. If you don't, skip this. Anyway, after arriving at LAX late on Friday night it was off to the Amp'd mobile Supercross in San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium on Saturday morning in the Avis rental. I met up with the Dutch Special Forces skydive team in the pits and drank a NoFear energy drink or two to keep hydrated. We skipped the MX scene to check in on Mission Beach for an hour or two and then headed back to the stadium in time for the first qualifying race. The track looked awesome and it was great to see the riders taking care of it. The first long straight lead to a 180 flat first turn followed by a section with doubles and a triple. Left 90 degree turn to another triple (that not everyone jumped) to a 180 left turn in front of the Industry/rider seating where we were sitting. The next triple basically went around the corner followed by a tabletop more jumps and a 180 right turn that had a little bank in it.
Aneta Hladikova, Elite Woman from Czech Republic, broke her wrist at round 5 of the European Indoor Championship in Zwolle, Holland. While leading she hit a jump with her front wheel and landed on her wrist. In 2 weeks Aneta may get plates in her wrist to reconstruct the complicated fracture.
Aneta had just signed a 3 year contract with the ONE KENDA BMX racing team. She’s a former World Champion and is the 2005 European number 2 and World number 4 in 20” Elite Women.
We hope Aneta will recover soon and can get back to what she loves most: BMX.
Guthrie, Oklahoma Formula Elite riders dR Donny Robinson and Amanda Geving made the trek to Guthrie, Oklahoma for the ABA’s Sooner Nationals this past weekend. All-in-all it was a successful weekend for Factory Formula with Geving and Robinson putting up some great numbers when all was said and done.
dR’s luggage made it in time this weekend so he was suited up and ready to go for Pro practice Friday evening. There were a lot of crashes this weekend in the Pro ranks taking out Jason Richardson, Bubba Harris, Mike Moeller and Danny Caluag to name a few. BUT, for the first weekend in a while, dR wasn’t one of them and stayed on his bike, and when that happens, you know Donny will definitely be found on the podium.