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The Australians made their mark at Crankworkx Rotorua taking a number of golds at the New Zealand event over the weekend.

Tracey Hannah (AUS) claimed her first ever gold in the Pro Women Downhill beating home Emilie Siegenthaler(FRA) and Casey Brown (CAN).

Despite crashing in practice, the Queenslander put it behind her to post the fastest time when it counted.

“I took all the faster lines and tried to slow down for them, and I had a really good run,” she said.  “The first day was hard because it was wet, so practice was hard. I felt fine today and I was pretty excited to get up early and come out for race day.”

While it was Jack Moir (AUS) who pipped fellow Aussie Mick Hannah (AUS) to take the top of the podium in the Pro Men Downhill with Eliot Jackson (USA) in third.

“I went hard, that’s why I made a few mistakes. You’re not going to get a good result here by playing it safe—there’s too many good guys,” said Moir.

Pulling in, like a freestyler, with a signature move, Mick Hannah (AUS) admitted his no-hander over the last jump belied early season nerves.

“It’s my first race since September. I was pretty nervous at the top. You just always get that before you’ve done a few races for the year,” said Hannah.

Earlier, Caroline Buchanan (AUS) kicked off the Aussie run beating the reigning Queen of Crankworx Jill Kintner (USA) in the final of the Pump Track Challenge

This is only her second shared podium with finance Barry Nobles (USA), who pulled in for a solid third place, and Buchanan said she could feel the vibe, even having to go back to her BMX visualizations and race the track, eyes closed, to maintain her concentration and seal the deal.

“I got out there and really had to commit to those back corners, which I think really won it for me today,” said Buchanan.

2017 Nationa Downhill Series champion Danielle Beecroft (AUS) took out the bronze.