Saya Sakakibara believes that she can achieve the type of BMX dominance that Colombian Mariana Pajón has shown after she starred at the Red Bull Pump Track World Final in Arkansas. Here is all you need to know:
- Sakakibara was born in Japan, but moved to Australia at the age of seven with brother Kai who has also gone on to become a professional BMX rider.- After winning national titles, 19-year-old Sakakibara cleaned up on the world junior circuit and moved up to elite level on the UCI BMX World Cup circuit this season.
Over 1000 spectators braved the stormy conditions that met the Italian qualifier for the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship. Fans were not disappointed as riders from all over Europe put on an incredible show of speed and style. In the Women’s field, Vanessa Kager made the trip from Austria to Trentino in search of her ticket to the World Final. Having come so close in Balzers earlier this month where she secured 2nd place, all was to play for in Italy. Seeing off fierce competition from Camilla Tagliapietra in the final, it was Kager’s turn for glory and she took the top step of the podium.
In the Men’s field Giacomo Fantoni was pitted against Eric Seifried in the final race of the day. Have battled throughout the day in knock out heats with the 32 fastest riders from seeding, the World Final ticket would come down to one race. In a hotly contested battle, Fantoni would steal the win from Seifried and claim his ticket to the World Final in Springdale, Arkansas.
The first qualifier of the 2018 Red Bull Pump Track World Championship took place on the Indonesian island of Bali. An international field of riders took to the Velosolutions Pump Track at the Amplitude Skate and Bike Park to try and secure their spot at the World Final.
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