14 Apr 2012

Willers and Walker through to BMX elimination round

10:22 am on 14 April 2012

The New Zealand BMX riders Marc Willers and Sarah Walker have qualified through to the elimination round of the UCI Supercross World Cup in Norway tomorrow.

Walker, in her first competition from a shoulder injury, was safely through as eighth fastest in the time trials and then seventh in the Superfinal time trial.

It proved a tougher time for the BikeNZ men, with Willers crashing during practice.

Nursing some minor injuries, Willers decided to ease his way through qualifying but will be fully recovered for racing tomorrow.

It was not such good news for Tauranga's Kurt Pickard, who is chasing the second qualifying spot for New Zealand for the London Olympics.

Pickard is returning home to get an MRI scan to ascertain the full extent of injuries to his wrist and ankle.

Pickard had his young career thwarted by injury after a crash racing in Europe two years ago and was back to top form, making it through to the quarterfinals in the opening Supercross round in California last month.