5 May 2009

Walker third in latest round of European BMX champs

12:09 pm on 5 May 2009

The World number two, Kawerau's Sarah Walker, has finished third in the latest round of the European BMX Champs in Italy.

Walker, along with fellow Beijing Olympian Marc Willers, Tauranga's Kurt Pickard and Christchurch's Matthew Davies, are part of a New Zealand team who've been training and racing in Europe.

The main objective is this weekend's opening round of the Supercross World Cup in Denmark.

Walker, who finished fourth in Beijing, was third in both rounds of the weekend's racing, while Pickard, who won the junior elite class two weeks ago in the Czech Republic, finished second to further impress in his first major international competition.

Willers, recovering from a shoulder injury following a crash, won his qualifying motos before he was brought down in a crash and was withdrawn as a precaution against further aggravating his shoulder.

The team has now moved to Copenhagen to prepare for the Supercross World Cup on a technical and demanding track with some significant jumps.

Walker was fourth in the event last year.