Quillan Isidore saved his best until last after registering his first UCI BMX Supercross World Cup final of the season in Argentina.
The Brit stormed round nine of the season in Santiago to take his place in the main event for the first time in 2019, though a maiden World Cup top-three wasn’t to come his way following a pulsating final.
Victory instead went to Gonzalo Molina who sent the home crowd wild following a string of near-misses on his home course, stopping the clock more than half a second clear of the field.
Isidore was far from disgraced in coming home in eighth, with Ecuador’s Alfredo Campo and Romain Mahieu of France rounding off the top three in South America.
Just being in the final was down to a gutsy, bold ride for Isidore – prevailing in a three-way battle for fourth spot in a semi-final where riders weren’t afraid to use their elbows in jostling for position.
None were sharper than the Brit’s however, a well-deserved place in the main event his reward to match the achievements of Papendal last year.
British representation didn’t end there with Bethany Shriever, Kyle Evans and Paddy Sharrock all taking to the Santiago start gate.
Evans was among those reaching the 1/4 finals, unfortunate not to progress any further in a tight heat that saw him come home in sixth place.
The 1/4 finals was also the end point of Shriever’s day, despite a good start to her race that had seen her in third position.
Being shut down in the first corner far from helped her cause, unable to recover thereon as her evening in Argentina came to an end having eased through her earlier races.
Sharrock was also involved in the penultimate race of the World Cup season, missing out in the 1/16 ride in a race featuring 2017 world champion Corben Sharrah.
The UCI BMX Supercross World Cup season comes to its conclusion on Sunday, with round ten completing the Argentina double-header – ending a campaign that began back in April on the familiar surroundings of Manchester.