Eastman edges home in Malta Supreme feature event

Team Coco’s Hamza Eastman celebrates after edging Robin Persaud (right) and Marlon Williams to win the feature 35-lap event of yesterday’s 11-race Malta Supreme 11-race programme. (Orlando Charles photo)
Team Coco’s Hamza Eastman celebrates after edging Robin Persaud (right) and Marlon Williams to win the feature 35-lap event of yesterday’s 11-race Malta Supreme 11-race programme. (Orlando Charles photo)

Team Coco’s standout, Hamza Eastman edged Robin Persaud and Marlon ‘Fishy’ Williams to win the feature 35-lap event of the third annual Malta Supreme 11-race cycle programme in a thrilling three-man sprint finish.

In perfect conditions for racing at the National Park, 19-year-old Eastman took pole position in a scorching one hour, 15 minutes and 46 seconds, to lead the experienced duo onto the podium.

Team Alanis’ Paul DeNobrega, Roraima Bikers Club, Jamal John and Team United’s Mario King filled out the top six trophy winning positions.

In his second triumph of the season, the Team Coco’s product also pocketed 12 sprint prizes.

The feature race started off at a fever pitch pace with the 27 starters jostling for lead positions. From the 20th lap however, the top three wheelsmen changed gears and separated from the rest of the riders and never relinquished their lead.

Eastman, Persaud and the work horse Williams rode in tandem to hold off valiant chases of the numerous pelotons until team work was thrown out the window with 200m to go. At this point, Eastman turned on the jets and was able to hold off his two break away mates.

Before the signature event, there were 10 other races.

Here is a summary of them:

 

Boys and Girls 12-14

Ammo Gomes, Brighton John, Christian Ragnauth

 

Veterans Over 50

Linden Blackman, Raymond Perry

 

Vets Under 50

Ralph Williams, Mark Sonaram, Jaikarran Sukhai

 

Veterans Over 60

Monty Parris, Maurice Fagundes

 

Juveniles

Stephano Husbands, Jamal John, Alonzo Ambrose

 

Mountain Bike

Keon Thomas, Adrian Sharma, Deeraj Garbarran

 

BMX Boys 6-9

Sherwin Sampson, Jeremiah Harrison, Alex Leung

 

BMX Boys 9-12

Sherwin Sampson, Richard Da Silva

 

BMX Boys 12-14

Thuran Garbarran

 

BMX Open

Adrian Sharma, Sherwin Forde, Kemuel Moses

 

At the completion of the programme, brief remarks were made by coordinator, Hassan Mohamed and Malta Supremes ’brand manager, Clayton McKenzie. The wheelsmen will return to the National Park this morning to compete in the lucrative United Bike Shop programme.

Today’s event pedals off at 08:30hrs. (Emmerson Campbell)

 

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