Latvia ups the ante. Riga delivers exceptional pump track racing in the first Baltic Qualifier of 2019
The Red Bull Pump Track World Championship descended on the capital of Latvia as Riga played host to the first Baltic Qualifier of the 2019 series and delivered another epic day of pump track racing.
The biggest metropolis in the Baltics, Riga perfectly blends timeless tradition and cutting edge cool. A Nordic blonde with a fiery heart, there’s much more to Riga than meets the eye. In its 800 years of turbulent history, everyone from German knights to Swedish kings and Soviet commissars have left their footprints, and today Latvia’s capital is an exciting European metropolis at the crossroads of eastern and northern Europe.
The Velosolutions Pump Track in the middle of the Riga Sports Complex in downtown Riga set the stage for the first of the Baltic Qualifiers for the 2019 season and more than succeeded in creating another fantastic day of pump track racing. With a full lap in qualification, the 315m long pump track definitely got the participant's legs to burn and is not for the faint of heart. For the knockouts, the track was divided in half and an exhilarating head-to-head dual race got the crowd to their feet!
Eddy Clerte is right on track for the World Final
The 21-year-old BMX rider Eddy Clerte hails from Biscarosse in France and is no stranger to the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship. A very close call saw him finishing in second place at the World Final in Arkansas in 2018 and we don’t think anything will be stopping him from chasing the title in 2019. “My fastest and the best lap was in the final heat today, just as it needs to be to win, I might do another qualifier just for fun but I can’t wait to go the finals in October”
Helvijs Babri from Valmiera, Latvia finished second today and is also no stranger to the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship. The 21 year old BMX rider finished fourth at the 2018 World Final. “I love these pump track races, you have to compete against others, but also yourself and the track.”
Vineta Petersone takes the win in the Women’s category
Vineta Petersone did it for Latvia as she took the first place in the Women’s category. The 20 year old BMX rider won the Estonia Qualifier in 2018 and represented Latvia at the World Final. “It was such a fun race, I really hoped to win. Leading up the finals I will practice more turns, I’m so bad in the turns! It was tough last year in the finals, so for sure it will be an even harder competition this year”.
Latvia has upped the ante with an exceptional standard once again and with the Estonia Qualifier lined up for the 17th of August we can’t wait for some more exhilarating racing from the Baltics.
Eddy Clerte, FRA
Helvijs Babris, LAT
Kristens Krigers LAT
Martins Reinis Prieditis, LAT
Vineta Petersone, LAT
Olga Ramzaikina, RUS
Linda Butkus, LAT
Justine Zonne, LAT