Shepparton BMX rider Tayla Robertson was one of three Shepparton riders to win national titles on their home track at the BMX Australia National Championships. Mason Baldi took out the 25-29 men’s cruiser title, while Shaun Cuthbert beat clubmates Jamie Mahuika (second) and Brandon May (fourth) to the men’s 17-24 cruiser title.May 5, 2014 4:00am
Shepparton BMX Club members Shaun Cuthbert, Tayla Robertson and Mason Baldi picked up national titles at the BMX Australia National Championships.
Shepparton BMX rider Tayla Robertson can barely see over the handlebars, but she is already an Australian champion.
Robertson, 7, was one of three Shepparton riders to win national titles on their home track at the BMX Australia National Championships, which concluded yesterday.
Mason Baldi took out the 25-29 men’s cruiser title, while Shaun Cuthbert beat clubmates Jamie Mahuika (second) and Brandon May (fourth) to the men’s 17-24 cruiser title.
The latter trio finished sixth, seventh and eighth in the 17-24 20-inch event on Friday.
Gian Renato picked up a bronze in 8-10 boys cruiser final and eighth in the 10 boys 20-inch event.
Robertson finished the better part of a second clear of Queensland rider Sacha Mills to win the eight girls 20-inch final in a time of 51.17 seconds.
The Tallygaroopna Primary School student was introduced to the sport through the Active After Schools Program just one year ago and has come on in leaps and bounds.
With the 1ACT and 1JSS plates already under her belt as ACT and Junior State Series (Victoria) champion, Robertson was determined to remove two letters from the former.
‘‘She had 1ACT so she was determined to get the CT taken off and put the 1A on,’’ Robertson’s mother Mellissa said.
Robertson said she was surprised to win and the thing she loved most about BMX was meeting new friends.
Robertson’s dad, Ash, used to ride BMX and the young rider hopes to one day ride for Team BUCHANAN Next Gen, founded by reigning world champion Caroline Buchanan, who Robertson got to meet.
Shepparton BMX Club publicity officer Levi Collins said it was a great weekend for the club.
‘‘Tayla’s got a lot of talent and can go a long way if she sticks with it,’’ Collins said.
‘‘You couldn’t ask for any better results and hopefully a few other local kids see that and they come out and have a go as well.’’
Buchanan and London Olympic silver medallist Sam Willoughby took out the championships’ marquee events, with victories in the elite men’s and women’s titles on Saturday, to go with the Oceania Championships titles they won on Thursday night.
Yesterday’s cruiser category events concluded an incredible four days of racing and another successful national event hosted by Shepparton BMX Club.
Robertson blitzed the field to win all three motos, before finishing more than two seconds ahead of her nearest rival in the semi-final.
She was the fastest rider all day, recording a fastest time of 49.82 in her first moto and was a deserved winner.
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