Ireland’s Kelvin Batey has won the World Title in the Masters event at the BMX World Championships in New Zealand.

The 32-year-old qualified for the final by winning three rounds, and came through the quarter and semi-finals to win the title ahead of from Dorus Brink (NED) and Luke Pretlove (AUS).

Britain-based Batey took the Master’s title from the pre-race favourites, Argentinian duo Becerine and Colombo, who crashed in the first corner in the final.

Batey missed qualifying for the Olympic Games last year by one point, and moved into the Master’s category this year.

He has already clocked up several podium places in the British National Series in the Elite category, in preparation for the World Championships later this year.

Speaking from New Zealand, Batey said: “It’s taken 25 years, but it’s definitely worth the wait. Finally – world champion.”

“The sport is coming on a lot back home, so this is another step in the right direction and hopefully will bring more people to BMX.”

PE teacher Batey was Ireland’s sole representative at the World Championships where racing continues in the Vector Arena, Auckland until Sunday.