Taylor brothers claim BMX State titles

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Corey Taylor, left, and brother Lachlan celebrate after bagging wins at the BMX WA State Championships at the weekend.
Camera IconCorey Taylor, left, and brother Lachlan celebrate after bagging wins at the BMX WA State Championships at the weekend. Credit: Elaine Taylor

Woorree Park BMX Club’s Corey Taylor has claimed his ninth State title but younger brother Lachlan could soon be nipping at the 17-year-old’s heels.

Racing for the first time in the 20-inch junior men division, Corey took top spot at the BMX WA State Championships in Medina last weekend.

“It’s an awesome feeling to get the State title win in my first year of junior men,” Corey said.

“The racing is a lot more intense than being in a standard age category. We were also one of the last races, so everyone’s watching, which increases the pressure a bit.

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“But it’s super fun.”

After suffering two serious injuries last year, Corey said he now felt in peak physical condition.

“This whole year, I’ve been pretty much injury free and I was feeling at my best leading into the competition,” he said.

Meanwhile, Lachlan, 14, claimed his first State cup with a win in the 13-14 boys’ cruiser event, and finished sixth in the 20-inch 14 boys.

Lachlan said he was elated to taste victory in what he described as a “pretty tight” race.

“It felt pretty good to get the win,” he said. “Now I’ve got a State Super Series coming up — the last round in Byford — in three weeks time.”

Dad Steve Taylor said Corey’s focus would now shift to upcoming events and training programs.

“Next month, he’s off to Bathurst (NSW) and Shepparton (Victoria), because that’s where the two Australian World Cup rounds are next year,” Mr Taylor said.

“These guys, he’ll potentially be racing against early next year are the elite of the elite.

“A lot of top riders from across the world will come to these events because they’re vying for Olympic selection for their countries.”

Woorree Park BMX Club president Fleur Bishop said she was “so proud” of all club members who competed.

Among them were Jana Van Staden, who placed third in both the female cruiser and 20-inch 14 girls events, and Sarah Battilana, who finished fourth in the 30-plus women’s event.

“They all rode so well. I think everyone who didn’t place still made a personal best,” Ms Bishop said. “It was an eye-opener for a lot of the new riders to see what competition is out there for BMX.

“We have some excellent junior riders ready to take the next step.”

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