Day 2 ABA Winter Nationals / SpeedWorld BMX:

Under cloudier skies, the Elite Mens action was another nail biter. In the semi’s the last two remaining Dutch qualifers were battling hard to get a grasp of the 4th and final transfer spot, and saw "Evil" Ivo v/dPutton attempt to thread the needle through a haybale. Any hopes of splittin’ the bale in half, and swooping in for a spot in the main went up in flames as he flew over the bars and created a chain of carnage all around him.

Luckily for Redline, Aussie SAM WILLOUGYBY and Canuck TORY NYHAUG were able to make it to the big show, and found themselves lined up next to eachother atop Collosus (the 3-story tall wooden starting hill). Joining them on the gate were racers from New Zealand, USA, Columbia and 2 other Aussies.

 When the gate slammed down, both Redline riders and their Flight bikes flew at mach speeds down the steep start and straight towards the front. In to the first turn, it was two Australians out front – Brian Kirkham and yesterday’s victor Sam Willoughby, goin’ grip to grip toward the monsterous pro section. Kirkham took the pro section great and pulled a slight lead over the reigning ABA No.1 Pro champ. But Sam wasn’t about to let up and didn’t want to settle for 2nd, and kept the pressure on as they sped in to turn two. Sam and Kirkham were on fire comingout of turn two, and exited hot. They hooked up and both went down in a pile of Arizona dust, and when it all cleared up, Tory Nyahug was in the 2-spot and trying to close the gap for the win. Down the last straight, Tory couldn’t make up any ground and settled for an impressive 2nd – scoring Canada some nice UCi country points toward Olympic qualification.

Mens Elite    Total Riders = 53

    1  TYLER FAORO, FLORIDA

    2  TORY NYHAUG, FACTORY REDLINE, CANADA

    3  MARC WILLERS, NEW ZEALAND

    4  CORBEN SHARRAH, ARIZONA

    5  KHALEN YOUNG, AUSTRALIA

    6  CARLOS OQUENDO,

    7  BRIAN KIRKHAM, AUSTRALIA

    8  SAM WILLOUGHBY, REDLINE, AUSTRALIA

In the Elite Womens ranks, Alise Post was again right up front and on the heels of Day 1’s top-2 finishers and again battled bar to bar with PPajon out of turn one. Alise was on the outside line and Ashley Verhagen had some great momentum out of turn one and passed Alise on the inside, pushing everyones favorite Redline racer to the 4th place slot. Post fought hard to get back in to the top-3, but couldn’t duplicate her boyfriends incredible pass thru the rhythm section and had to settle for a 4th. 

Womens Elite

    1  MARIANA  PAJON, COLUMBIA 

    2  LAUREN REYNOLDS, AUSTRALIA

    3  ASHLEY VERHAGEN, USA

    4  ALISE POST, REDLINE, USA

    5  RACHEL BRACKEN, AUSTRALIA

    6  ALAINA HENDERSON, USA

    7  SAMANTHA COOLS, CANADA

    8  DOMINIQUE  DANIELS, USA