Chris Kovarik won his fourth national Australian downhill title on Sunday while world number one, and pre-race favourite, Sam Hill crashed on the final corner just metres from the finish line.
In a tightly fought race for the title, Hill had set the fastest time in the qualifying round to be the last rider out of the start house and looked set to claim top spot until it all came undone in sight of the line. Unscathed from the fall, he got back up and crossed the line to finish fifth.
Having won the Australian title three years running, from 2000 to 2002, it was a pleasing return to the top step of the podium for Kovarik.
"Although it was pretty good, I wasn't really happy with the time. I was hoping to go two seconds faster than my qualifying time but I've just done the same time," Kovarik said.
"Hard luck to Sam coming off on that last corner and giving it to me. I was just watching the times and think he would have had it by half a second (if he didn't crash)."
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