UCI BMX Supercross World Cup: Berlin under Strombergs’ rule
2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Mariana Pajon (COL) got the holeshot in the women final and was chased by seven women around the track. Right behind her was current UCI World Champion Caroline Buchanan (AUS) who used all tricks to the trade possible to have an advantage over the competition. Her 4X experience helped in these wet conditions like using chalk to keep her pedals dry. “I’m glad we came here early with the Australian team to get some extra practice in. I had three moves lined up if I didn’t get the holeshot,” said an exhausted Buchanan. She continued: “I was a bit too far behind Mariana Pajon to do the first two but the last move was in the last flat turn which not a lot of girls would do. My mountain bike experience surely helped there.”
After winning the first round in Manchester, the likeable rider from Australia was back on the top spot in Berlin. Mariana Pajon finished second, followed by Manon Valentino from France who managed to hold off Stephany Hernandez (VEN) on the last straight. Buchanan is leading the World Cup standings with 605 points.
Many top favourites were eliminated in the qualification rounds of the Men class making the final an unexpected mix with riders from seven different countries. Maris Strombergs proved to be in amazing shape on his first race back on the Supercross track and used his first straight power to get out in front and never looked back.
“The reason I skipped Papendal was the traveling. Germany was perfect timing for me as I’m in Europe for the next 6 weeks doing a lot of races including the World Championships in Rotterdam,” the winner commented. “I was looking forward to come here but I did not know what to expect. I had high expectations and right from the first practice I felt I could win the whole race.” The Latvian dominated in Berlin and will be a force to be reckoned with at the 2014 World Championships in The Netherlands this July.
Twan van Gendt (NED) finished second in the finals and was following Maris to the finish line trying not to make any mistakes. He finished right in front of Frenchman Joris Daudet who rounded up the podium in Berlin. Joris Daudet moved up to second place in the 2014 World Cup Supercross standings sitting behind leader Liam Phillips (GBR) and right in front of Australian Anthony Dean.
Next UCI BMX Supercross World Cup round will take place in Argentina (September 6-7).
Photo: Maris Strombergs during Thursday’s practice on Berlin Mellowpark track