The story of the two Josh’s continues… this time at the Satellite City BMX Club for Stage 4 of the 2019 BMXA BAD BOY National Series.
The third and last UCI round of the 2019 BMXA BAD BOY National Series will be raced on Saturday at the Satellite City BMX Club in Darwin and the elite men’s class will be one to watch as Queensland’s Joshua Boyton, Gold Coast-based Victorian Josh McLean and a handful of other top tier Aussie riders go head-to-head for the title.
Flying high after his performance in round two at the Ipswich West Moreton BMX Club is 19-year old Boyton from Centenary Plains who claimed his first ever elite national series win, beating home Rio Olympian Bodi Turner and two-time national champion Corey Frieswyk.
“I’m really keen ahead of Satellite City,” Boyton said.
“I’ve never been over to Darwin and I’m really looking forward to seeing the track. I’ve heard its really fast and that the roof over it is cool to see.
“I was going to look at some of the videos from last year’s (national series) round, but I like rocking up on the day and figuring out my race lines and how I approach it during practice.”
Lining up on the gate alongside Boyton in Darwin is Knox’s McLean and the superclass event winner at last year’s Satellite City round, Alex Cameron, from NSW.
Boyton will reflect on his performance at Ipswich ahead of the clash to make sure he can get the points he needs to win the national series, a possibility he didn’t know existed.
“Winning at Ipswich was awesome,” Boyton continued.
“It is one of my local tracks and I know it really well.
“I think I used my leg speed and strength to get out in front on the first straight and once you do that, it’s hard to get past you. Just like Ipswich it will be tough racing all day in Darwin and guys like Josh and Alex (Cameron) will be ones to watch.
“I haven’t really thought about the national series title. I’ve just been trying to get my best result and it would be awesome to win it. I didn’t even know I was a top contender!”
The other Josh (McLean) making the trip to Darwin is eagerly awaiting the clash before he heads to Heusden-Zolder, Belgium for the 2019 UCI BMX World Championships.
“I’ve been working on little mental things for myself,” McLean said.
“Just getting back into training after a couple of tough months. It’s been good to train and ride again and I’m looking forward to going up to Darwin before heading to worlds.”
Although McLean achieved a sixth place in the men’s elite final during the 2019 national championships in Shepparton, his year didn’t get off to the perfect start with injuries ruling him out of events, but the 21-year old is determined to make up for lost time.
“My 2019 has had its ups and downs,” McLean explained.
“Broken collarbones and head knocks in Europe put me off the bike for a while, but it was good to race at home again with a good performance in Ipswich, so I’m looking forward to Darwin.”
Action is expected to commence at 3pm on Saturday with the final’s gates looking to drop at 6:30pm. Let’s go racing!