United States’ Corben Sharrah and The Netherlands’ Laura Smulders were confirmed as the winners of the International Cycling Union (UCI) BMX Supercross World Cups after triumphing at the final leg of the series in Sarasota.
Both riders had headed into the concluding competition on top of their respective standings, with two wins from the four events to their credit.
After finishing down in 10th in the time trial on the first day of the competition, Sharrah came through the quarter and semi-final stage of the competition impressively to reach the final.
He would seal the overall World Cup crown in style by finishing in a time of 33.006sec to win in front of a home crowd.
The American had been forced to hold off the challenge of Latvia’s two-time Olympic champion Maris Strombergs, who ended narrowly off the pace in 33.870.
France’s Sylvain Andre, winner of yesterday’s time trial, completed the top three positions in 34.695.
The result meant Sharrah ended the World Cup with a winning total of 855 points, with David Graf of Switzerland and Strombergs ending adrift on 600 and 560 points.
Smulders, who had won the last two World Cups in Papendal and Rock Hill, continued her red hot form to seal the women’s title.
The Dutchwoman completed the course in a time of 37.027 to make it a third victory in a row, holding off home favourite Brooke Crain, whose 38.018 was good enough for second place.
Belgium’s Elke Vanhoof took third place in the final race, clocking 38.796.
Victory gave Smulders a final World Cup total of 985 points, with Crain’s strong display moving her up from fourth in the standings at the start of the weekend to second, ending on 750 points.
Denmark’s Simone Christensen would finish the World Cup season in third place overall, having accrued 680 points across the five events.