13 May 2012

Willers ready to defend title at BMX world cup in Netherlands

6:32 pm on 13 May 2012

New Zealand BMX rider Marc Willers is through to tomorrow's elimination racing at the UCI Supercross World Cup in the Netherlands.

Willers finished 17th fastest in the qualifying time trials at the Papendal track, and will get the chance to defend the title he won there last year.

The Californian-based rider clocked 40.268s for the time trial run, ahead of Matt Cameron from New Plymouth who earned his first start in the elimination competition after finishing 40th.

Junior elite riders Nic Fox from Gisborne and Daniel Franks of Christchurch narrowly missed out after solid runs on the challenging track.

American Connor Fields took out his fourth straight super time trial title of the year with an impressive run in 38.979 ahead of Beijing gold medallist Maris Strombergs of Latvia.

In the elite women's competition Taranaki's Victoria Hill qualified in her first start in a World Cup Supercross, finishing 24th fastest with a solid 43.398.

In-form Australian Caroline Buchanan qualified first, her third straight time trial victory in Supercross racing this year.

Elite men: Connor Fields (USA) 38.979, 1; Maris Strombergs (LAT) 39.176, 2; Twan van Gendt (NED) 39.359, 3.

NZers: Marc Willers 40.268, 17; Matt Cameron 41.209, 40; Nic Fox 42.3448, 74; Daniel Franks 42.655, 78.

Elite women: Caroline Buchanan 39.236, 1; Alise Post (USA) 39.889, 2; Manon Valentino (FRA) 41.104, 3. NZer: Victoria Hill (NZL) 43.398, 24.