On the first day of racing at the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup series presented by Swatch, BMX star Connor Fields convincingly won the Elite men’s time trials. Brooke Crain outperformed all the more experienced Elite women riders and did the same thing. After one round of time trials the best 16 men and ladies qualified for the Superfinal Time Trials. Fields, who was fastest in the first run, scored his best ever time (33.886) at the Chula Vista track. With that personal record Fields bumped Tory Nyhaug (CAN) out of the hot seat. Nyhaug (34.191) was only there for a few seconds. Raymond van der Biezen was in third with a time of 34.409.
With this result Fields and Crain secured the best spot going into the finals on October 1st. In total, 64 men will qualify for the 1/8 finals and 32 women for the quarterfinals. Fast Fields
Fields rode the perfect race twice. “This is my home track. I have done hundreds of time trials here before. That was my fastest one ever. I know what to do and I know my way around this track. It definitely helps having a race at your home track.” In both time trials, Fields went flat out. “You cannot ride scared. That is when you fall. You have to ride as hard as you can, then you are going to be alright. This definitely gives me confidence for tomorrow."
Crain wins Time Trials
Brooke Crain was the fastest amongst the Elite women. She won her first big price in BMX Supercross and was very happy. "It was a really good lap, I felt good the whole way. I really had a good first straight and kept that feeling the whole way around. I was trying not to tag anything and keep it going. I feel really good. This is exciting! I never won a time trial or anything. Yes, I did when I was a junior, but that does not count,” Crain commented after the race. Crain outperformed current world champion Mariana Pajon (COL). Pajon who crashed in London finished second this time. Arielle Martin (USA) was third. Pajon is on her way back. “Yeah, I was happy with my time final trial, I did everything I could. I am still recovering from injury. This track is awesome, happy to be here again. Tomorrow I will do my best. In London, I got some broken ribs and I hurt my kidney. But I am feeling good. Tomorrow will be a big day, we will see what happens.” The overall winners of this year’s Supercross World Cup in Elite men and Elite women will be decided tomorrow during this fourth stop of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, sponsored by Swatch.
Willers pulls out
Marc Willers (NZL), one of the favorites for this World Cup victory, had to pull out of competition today. Willers, who won the Papendal and London Supercross events this year, was one of the only riders able to threaten Joris Daudet (FRA) for the overall World Cup title. However, Willers’ injury was too painful to allow him to race. The New Zealander crashed in yesterday’s (29-11-2011) practice. He was patched up but then today he did not start his time trial. “I had to pull out. I can’t even get my phone out of pocket,” commented the disappointed Willers. Out of 150 entries, 64 Elite men qualified for the finals. Tomorrow they will race against each other in eight heats of eight riders over three motos. The best four of each heat will qualify for the next round of quarterfinals. The elite women were brought down to 32 advancing to the quarterfinals. For 2011 Supercross standings, click here Select '2011 results,' Chula Vista.