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Kicking into top gear at open meet

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May 15, 2018

Shepparton’s Nick Salau was one of hundreds of entrants in Sunday’s Shepparton BMX Club Open, competing in the Mini Wheeler class.

Kiahla Paxinos heads downhill during the 13 girls.

Young Sheppaton rider Nick Salau competed in the Mini Wheeler category.

Tayl wind: Taylah Hall launches into the bump in the 14 girls.

Ava Fenton was on fire, winning the 12 expert girls.

Tyler Whitelaw gathers his composure in the 8-9 novice girls/boys class.

Amarli McKenna ran second in the 14 girls.

Hamish Monaghan shows no fear in his 8-9 novice girls/boys run.

Johanna Jepcott flies down the course in the 15 girls.

Shepparton’s BMX track welcomed Victoria’s most exciting and talented riders on Sunday in a showcase of high-intensity racing.

The seventh round of the BMX Victoria state series — the Shepparton BMX Open — had more than 30 categories run, with more than 200 competitors taking to the state-of-the-art facilities at Packham St.

Highlighting a fantastic day for locals was Shepparton BMX Club member Jamie Mahuika placing third in the Superclass Men final, behind Bendigo’s Matt White and Eastfield’s Wade Turner.

The club’s publicity officer Levi Collins said the day had been a bonanza.

‘‘It was fantastic; the weather really came good for us, the track was in great condition and we couldn’t have asked for a better day,’’ Collins said.

‘‘The racing was all really good, there were no dramas and everyone was on their games.

‘‘The action was fast and it was a really good spectacle.’’

But it was not just the high-flying Mahuika who performed from a local perspective.

Cody Wallace stormed home for third in the 14 boys, while Lance Mahuika was third in the 50-plus Men’s Open Wheel.

‘‘The whole Shepparton Club did really well; Matt White (Bendigo) and Vanessa Gooden (Knox) took out the pro classes, but we had four riders in the male pro class final,’’ Collins said.

‘‘Jamie Mahuika finished on the podium too which is really good.

‘‘He’s been around for maybe 12 years racing BMX and he’s heading off to the world championships this year. He’s been training really hard and the results show that.’’

Collins thanked Greater Shepparton City Council for supporting the event and said the turnout had been solid.

‘‘Lots of local spectators got along and it was good to show the locals what we can do,’’ he said.

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