BMX bandits tear up track
GYMPIE BMX talent Leath Rodighiero spearheaded the club’s charge at the recent Queensland Championships in Mackay.
The competition was held during the first week of the school holidays and Rodighiero was in formidable form on track.
Claiming first in each of his races in his age group, the pocket rocket put on a show the crowd appreciated.
While Rodighiero was the only Gympie club member to finish on the podium, a host of other quality performances were posted in difficult conditions.
Record September rain in Mackay flooded the track for the first day of the championships, cutting competition short.
However, determined event organisers pushed ahead with the program as flooding subsided.
Ethan Rodighiero enjoyed success placing inside the top three in all his races to reach the semi finals before misfortune struck.
A bad crash caused half the field to finish on the ground and Ethan was unlucky enough to be one of the riders struck off.
Also racing well was Renae Treeby, fighting her way towards a top 10 finish in the Girls 11 Years Class, while Ricky Treeby braved driving rain to finish in the top 20.
Other results included:
Scott Treeby – Treeby rode well to make the semi finals of the Boys 12 years event, featuring a field of 46 riders.
Corey Waugh – Waugh continues to announce himself as a real force in the sport after reaching the quarter finals. An agonising single point denied him from advancing to the semi finals.
Ryan Turner – A single point also proved the sticking point for Tuner making the starting list for the semi finals. A poor start in one of his heats after hitting the starting gate was ultimately costly.
Dion Turner – Turner competed in the hardest group of all, with a competitive field exceeding 50 riders in the 13 Boys Class. Turner showed plenty of talent despite missing out on making the finals. His best lap was only two seconds off the winning lap time.
Capping off the experience for the Gympie BMX riders was being able to witness Sunshine Coast’s Joel Clark take out the pro-bikes and pro-elite class, becoming the first professional BMX riders to win back-to-back championships.