Isidore impresses in BMX Supercross World Cup flurry

Isidore impresses in BMX Supercross World Cup flurry

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Quillan Isidore led the charge for GB in round eight of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, the second in as many days at Rock Hill, as he reached the semi-finals.

After being eliminated at the 1/16 stage in the United States on Friday night, Isidore raced through his heats but was unable to orchestrate a shot at the title after a seventh-place finish his eight-man semi-final.

The evening’s action had started brightly for the Brits, with all three men qualifying from the first round, with Isidore notching a comfortable second in his heat, before Paddy Sharrock edged Kyle Evans out in the very next battle as they finished fourth and fifth respectively.

No matter for Evans however, who made use of his favourable gate to blitz the last chance race and qualify at the second attempt.

And come the 1/16 finals he was a man in form, winning his second race in a row, with Isidore also through as Sharrock was dropped, his sixth place not enough to make it.

Evans was first up in the 1/8 finals, and duly ensured that there would be a Brit in the quarters with a second-place finish in heat 1, in a tome of 33.662s, before Isidore repeated the trick four races later.

And though Evans’ journey was brought to an end the following race as he was edged out, struggling to establish himself in the opening quarter-final out of gate six, Isidore snuck through in fourth place in the third 1/4-stage battle.

In what was a stacked semi, featuring world and Olympic champions, as well as world series leader Niek Kimmann, qualification was always going to be tough.

Squeezed out at the opening corner, the class of Isidore’s opponents shut the door and he was made to settle for seventh.

Shriever’s journey ends at quarters

After Friday’s semi-final performance, confidence was high when Bethany Shriever took to the start line again on Saturday night.

And it showed as she sped to a first-place finish in her round 1 race, her winning time of 34.152 the fastest of the opening set of rides.

Following that up with second in her 1/8 final, she secured the second gate in the quarters.

But a slow start in the 1/4 race left her with work to do and little room in which to do it, with sixth place ultimately not enough to advance.