The absence of New Zealander, Sarah Walker, currently ranked number one in the world plus the intensive training regime undertaken by the Australian riders, Bootes believes that getting top places on the weekend is possible.
Walker leads the Oceania series however if Krystal Cranfield can place first in both remaining rounds then Cranfield will win the series overall.
Making a comeback this weekend is former BMX World Junior Champion, Nicole Callisto. Callisto, originally from Perth will race after recovering from a series of knee operations. The 21 year old sees this weekend as all part of her recovery and intends to maintain her spot on the Australian High Performance Team. Fellow Perth rider and current national champion, Tanya Bailey has also recently returned to full training after viruses saw her out of competition for several weeks. Also intending on making it difficult for Cranfield is another Queenslander, Melissa Mankowski and first year elite rider, Ziggy Callan from Victoria.
The elite men’s racing this weekend is expected to come down to the wire as Kiwi’s Olympic hope Marc Willers will be out to prove his second placing in last month’s World Cup Supercross in Madrid. Australia’s fast man, Luke Madill will be hard to beat with Penrith track being his local racing haunt. Madill currently sits second on the Oceania scoreboard but leads the Australian contingent for top international points. Four Queenslanders, Jared Graves, Jamie Gray, Michael “Tiger” Robinson and Kamakazi are expected to make it tough racing. Showing good form recently is Adelaide’s Brian Kirkham and Newcastle’s Billy Joliffe.
2008 BMX Olympic Qualification Criteria
Selection Policies 2008 Australian Olympic Team. BMX in Section F page 25.