Oakley's Sam Willoughby Wins "The Double" In BMX Supercross
Oakley’s Sam Willoughby just claimed victory at the UCI Supercross BMX final in France in the UCI SX Frejus. The 2009 Junior World Champion claimed his second win in a World Cup event this year and with that the talented young Australian from Adelaide was also awarded 2009 overall winner.
Willoughby was not the favorite going in to the quarter finals. He finished only 17th in the time trials on Friday and he had a rough start in the 1/8 finals on Saturday. He barely qualified for the quarter finales with one point to spare. But from that moment on the young Australian was on fire winning all following heats including the main event. In the men’s final Willoughby was up against some fierce competition. With Maris Strombergs from Latvia in lane four. Strombergs is the current Olympic Champion and winner of the previous World Cup event in Chula Vista. The Latvian was keen on winning. But there was also the current Elite men World Champion Donny Robinson from the USA. Robinson looked in good shape winning all his motos in the three heats of the 1/8 finals.
But Willoughby outperformed all. He charged out of the gate in the final leading from start to finish. Willoughby battled it out with Strombergs on the first straight and was leading going into the first turn. Then he managed to keep of Donny Robinson to claim double victory.
Sam Willoughby stated, “I had a real rough start of the day. The pressure was on. But I managed to pull my head back in and refocus on the job at hand. I learned a lot today! Our approach for this year was to focus on the World Cup events and the World Championships. That worked out really good. For the final I wanted the inside lane and used that to my advantage, Maris and I fought it out on the first straight and it was a drag race to the finish. It is a privilege to race against such formidable competition. Great to win here and to be the 2009 overall season winner.”
UCI SX FRÉJUS ELITE MEN’S RACE RESULTS1 Sam Willoughby/AUS-OAKLEY 2 Donny Robinson/USA 3 Cristian Becerine/ARG