South American fans had found their way to the BMX track in Santiago Del Estero to witness the only stop on their continent. The local Diaz sisters didn’t disappoint and both qualified for Sunday’s programme. Veteran Gabriela did so by winning all her heats and qualified in second behind Alise Post (USA). Mariana Diaz qualified in 15th position and will be mixed in the program with 23 other girl riders who qualified today (Saturday) plus the 8 pre-qualified women who rode the Time Trial finals.
Frederico Villegas (ARG) was one of only three riders to score three wins on Saturday during the qualification rounds. His time in the last heat was only 14/100th of a second slower than Tory Nyhaug’s (CAN) who qualified in first and Jelle van Gorkom (NED) who got third with a time of 33.076 in his final lap today.
48 riders qualified through the three moto races for Sunday’s programme while 16 pre-qualified riders did a one-lap time trial superfinal. The top ranked riders each rode one lap at a time against the clock. Double Olympic BMX gold medalist Maris Strombergs (LAT) got in the hot seat early on and stayed there for a while until Connor Fields (USA) took over. With one rider to go the crowd was watching the clock to see if England’s Liam Phillips could beat Connor’s fastest time around the track. Liam was in second in multiple split time sections on the track but a few quick lines at the last part of the track got him under the time of Fields to grab the win.
Lap times between Phillips and number fourteen were all within one second which promises close racing at World Cup number four of the season, the first and only one in South America.
GoPro Run Nadja Priess – 2014 UCI BMX WCHs – Rotterdam