Chula Vista, California (September 18, 2010) – American Nicholas Long (Lakeside, Calif.) and Frenchwoman Laëtitia Le Corguillé rode to the top of the podium in round three of the Supercross World Cup in Chula Vista, Calif. on Saturday night.
The 21-year-old Long upset Australian strongman Sam Willoughby and 2008 Olympic champion Maris Strombergs (Latvia) in the eight-man main to take his first World Cup podium of the 2010 season.
Long holds of big guns Strombergs and Willoughby
“I had a decent start finally and didn’t have to back off,” Long explained after his podium ceremony. “I got cut off big time, did a little freestyle… was in fourth or fifth and just opened up and made some moves, did a clean lap and kept it together at the line.”
The race came down to a fight at the line between Long and Willoughby with the American finishing first by a hair. Strombergs, who is always a favorite in any contest, grabbed the podium’s third spot. Jelle Van Gorkom (Netherlands) and Andre Sylvain (France) were fourth and fifth while Jorus Daudet (France) and Ramiro Marino (Argentina) were sixth and seventh.
Laëtitia Le Corguillé wins again
Not surprisingly, 2009 Supercross World Cup champ Laëtitia Le Corguillé put forth a dominating performance in the women’s event to strengthen her lead in the 2010 series. She was followed over the line by French teammate Magalie Pottier. Collecting the bronze medal was the 19-year-old American, Alise Post (Saint Cloud, Minn.).The third-place effort was the first Supercross World Cup podium for Post.
“I had a good start. I thought I had second place in the first turn but then somebody swooped low and I got a little pushed off the track,” Post explained afterwards. “I just had to ride with it from there, run with it. I ended up with third, so I’m happy.”
Following Post over the line were fellow U.S. riders Amanda Geving (Largo, Fla.) and Brooke Crain (Visalia, Calif.). Colombian Mariana Pajon and Aussie Lauren Reynolds were sixth and seventh while American Arielle Martin (Spanaway, Wash.) was eighth.
The 2010 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup will conclude, October 8-9, in Frejus, France. Visit http://www.bmx-results.com for complete results from each round so far.
Results UCI BMX Supercross World Cup – Round 3
Chula Vista, Calif. – September 18, 2010
1. Nicholas Long (Lakeside, Calif.)
2. Sam Willoughby (Australia)
3. Maris Strombergs (Latvia)
1. Laëtitia Le Corguillé (France)
2. Magalie Pottier (France)
3. Alise Post (Saint Cloud, Minn.)
Visit http://www.bmx-results.com for complete results from each round so far.