Saya Sakakibara Race report World Championships Thursday 24th May 2012
By Redline Australia on June 11, 2012
Name: Saya Sakakibara
Date: Thursday 24th May 2012
Venue: NIA Birmingham, England
Race: World Championships
Class: 13 Girls
Result: Crashed in the semi-final
Weather: Good but in was indoors so it didn’t matter
Course condition: So smooth, good track and I loved it
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The World Championships have finally arrived. This year was indoors so I didn’t have to worry about the wind, the rain or anything else. The track was short but pretty technical. This year was going to be great.
We had two days of practice and in total I did around 10 laps. I was happy I got everything sorted before racing.
My first moto I was very nervous. I always get nervous for the first race. I had lane seven and I had a good start. A Colombian girl Manuela Mazo Villada was right next to me the whole way down the hill. I over-jumped the first one and Manuela got in front. I tried to go on the inside but she covered it. The second straight was good because I past her on it by manualing good down it. I was in front by the second corner. I pumped and manualed through the third straight and managed to stay in front the whole way to the end. I came first.
On my second moto, I had lane six. I had a good start and was in line with Manuela again. I didn’t really over jump the first one was able to jump the next one clearly. Manuela had the inside so I was in second. We were in line on the second straight but on the second corner, she got in front again. I was trying to get her down third straight on the inside but she blocked me. I had to slow down. Then, I saw a good line around last corner and I took it and I got in front! I pumped the first step up on the last straight and I went a bit sketchy and Manuela got in front. I came second.
My last moto was much better than the other two. I had lane two and I had a good start and I didn’t over jump the first jump! and I cleared the next one. It felt so good and I came out in front. I was in front the whole way and I came first.
I had 38 riders in my class so there were quarter finals. I had lane one and I had a good start. I jumped the first one and the next one really good and I came out in front. I pedalled so much down second straight and I left a pretty good gap between me and Manuela. I kept my place the whole way and I got first.
Semi-final, I was really nervous because if I don’t get in the top four in this race, I wouldn’t get in the final. I had lane two. The race in front of us had a crash so we had to wait a little while. It was pretty hot. Then the starter started the gate and the gate dropped. I was boxed in and I couldn’t jump the second jump. I took the inside line but it wasn’t enough to get me in the top four. I was in fifth down second straight and I knew I really need to do something. So I went for the inside move like I did for the second moto on the last corner. SLIP! I slid out and crashed! I was devastated and really disappointed that I didn’t get in the final.
I had a good time racing in Birmingham this year even though I didn’t get into the final. I really liked the track and I want to ride it again. Now I have a week of sightseeing, holiday and visiting family so I’ll enjoy that and look forward to New Zealand next year.