Halfway through the 2018 BMXA National Series and Matthew Blake is doing everything he can to keep his strong form going.
COVER PIC: Blake hitting the second berm at Frankston BMX Club, VIC for the second round of the 2018 BMXA National Series. (Image courtesy of ProLab Projects)
Matthew Blake from Bunbury BMX Club is eyeing off his next podium finish, when he crosses the country to take on the 17-24 men’s class at the fourth round of the 2018 BMX Australia National Series in Nerang this weekend.
After coming away with the top spot at the third round of the series at Satellite City BMX Club in Darwin last month, Blake is using his current form as motivation for his next challenge.
“I’m feeling pretty comfortable at the moment, Sat City was definitely a confidence booster for me and it always feels good to get the win,” Blake explained.
There was a fierce battle between Blake and, second place rider Brayden Porter in the final in the NT, with it all coming down to the final berm of the track.
Taking the inside line, Blake holds his line and gets his elbows out against Porter to get the job done. Watch it unfold below!
Although confident after his win in the top end, Blake has struggled to put together consistent training at his home track, due to the large amount of rainfall in Bunbury of late.
“The weather over here has been pretty bad at the moment so I haven’t been on the bike much, but I’ve still been training and heading to the gym,” Blake said.
While the top step of the podium was where Blake ended his Sunday in Darwin, he knows that the 17-24 men’s field is a competitive one. Among the field for Nerang this weekend is 2018 UCI BMX World Championships 17-24 men’s cruiser silver medallist, and 20-inch finalist, James Lautier from Victoria’s Sunbury BMX Club.
Even with a class field, Blake continued that he’ll need to overcome his competitors yet again if he hopes to climb up the standings and fight for overall victory in the national series.
“I missed out on the first round in Penrith because I pulled a ligament, but I’m really happy where I am at the moment and hopefully I can jump up the standings a bit more and see where we go from there,” Blake reasoned.
“Personally, I like the schedule and how each round is structured over two days.
“It’s always good to get over to the other side of the country to race and I’m really looking forward to Nerang on the Gold Coast.”
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