Triple treat for Marsh siblings on home track
CLARENCE Valley BMX Club shone on and off the track when it hosted round five of the NSW BMX State Series on Sunday.
The slick South Grafton track earned rave reviews from the 399 entries which came from southern QLD and throughout NSW.
"It was a huge success," Clarence Valley president David Landenberger said. "Everybody was really impressed with the track, the facilities and the preparation and organisation that went into making the event happen.
"Everybody from Clarence Valley put in a huge effort and we've been getting lots of positive feedback.
"The work that went into the surface made the track the fastest it's ever been, I'd say."
Meanwhile local riders fired on their home track. Siblings Nick, Josh and Tahlia Marsh all won events in their age division.
Tahlia won all three of her motos before also claiming the final in a time of 39.495s, more than a second ahead of runner up Paige Harding (Castle Hill) in 40.589s.
Tahlia also won the 13-14 girls cruiser, in a final time of 40.354s ahead of Sydney's Zoe Cooper (41.683). Fellow Clarence Valley rider Stacey Brown was 1st, 2nd and 2nd in her motos, but had to settle for third in the final in 43.572s.
Stacey also started strong in the 15 girls division, winning her first two motos, before slipping back to fourth in her third moto and again in the final.
Josh dominated the 15-16 boys cruiser to win that division, clocking 35.641s in the final. However, Josh (35.282s) was beaten in a photo finish by Terrigal's Ethan Pal (35.277s) in the final of the 15 boys final. Josh and third place getter Brad Shaylor (36.338s) were the favourites going into the final having shared the moto victories between them, but Pal was able to upstage them both.
Nick Marsh was rewarded for his consistency in the 14-24 men, dominating his final to win in 36.013s from Manning Valley's Nathan Single (37.300s) and Bathurst's Caleb Hampton (38.795s). Nick also prevailed in the combined 17-34 cruiser, holding off Tamworth's Daniel Morris (35.447s) in the final in a time of 35.388s).
Marnie Brighton (44.981s) also delivered a title for Clarence Valley, triumphant in the 30-34 women's cruiser, with clubmate Jessica Butler (47.938s) third.
Meanwhile, former club president Greg Brown (45.793s) finished runner up behind Lake Macquarie's Christian Giudice (42.701s).
Sunshine Coast Hinterland pro Jayce Cunning tore up the track to win all three motos and the final in a blistering time of 32.806s to win the open men.
Likewise Southlake/Illawarra favourite Saya Sakakibara was unmatched in the open women, more than two seconds clear of her nearest rival in the women's final in 37.161s.
The state round concluded a week-long carnival of events which began last Wednesday and included a coaching clinic from professionals Saya and Kai Sakakibara on Saturday.