The LKI-backed DK Factory Race Team had a solid outing at the Australian BMX Nationals at the Sleeman Complex in Brisbane over the weekend.
The five members of the team – Bodi Turner, Aaron Nottle, Jye Hombsch, Kyle Hill and Corey Stafford – all rode their hearts out in perfect racing conditions, to come away with two podiums and a stack of race wins.
Bodi Turner and Aaron Nottle, eyes forward.
The team’s #1 rider, Bodi Turner (Elite Men), was on fire early on as he clean-swept his moto wins, won his quarter-final race, then finished second in his semi.
Things turned to custard in the final when he got slightly hung up on the first jump, allowing two riders past him. The front pair then crashed hard in the first turn, and with nowhere to go, Turner went down with them. He remounted and finished a disappointing sixth.
“He was pretty gutted with that, especially after such a strong day,” says race team manager Corey Stafford. “He was in a good headspace but there’s not much you can do when two riders fall in front of you at 40-50km/h.”
Also in Elite Men’s Aaron Nottle rode solidly in his motos, including two podiums, but got stuck on the outside in his semi-final after a crash in his quarter-final. He crossed the semi line in sixth.
In the same semi, Nottle’s DK team-mate Jye Hombsch finished eighth in his first year in senior elites.
“I was impressed with how well he rode in his first nationals in the Men’s Elite class,” says Stafford. “He’s young and strong, but needs a bit more aggro now that he’s in the premier class. That will definitely come though.”
Meanwhile, in his first year in Junior Elite, Kyle Hill finished on the podium after a strong outing.
“He’s riding really well and it’s all coming together for him,” says Stafford.
As for Stafford, he was stoked to finish his 2017 campaign with a third in the Masters.
“I was crook all week and didn’t have a lot of training leading into it, but after a broken wrist and knee surgery the past two years I was stoked to get into the final and on the box,” he says. “I’ve had heaps of crashes in finals, so it felt good to finish the lap!”
Bodi Turner and Jye Hombsch have now jetted out to the Netherlands for the opening round of the UCI World Cups this weekend. We’ll keep you posted on how they get on.
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