Manning Valley BMX Club’s Oliver ‘Oli’ Moran will take on riders almost twice his age at the Satellite City national series round but the schoolboy can’t wait to take on the challenge.
So far 2018 has been a roller coaster ride for 16-year-old Manning Valley BMX Club rising star Oliver Moran.
Hailing from Forster on the NSW mid-North coast, Moran has had some promising results split by a horror hamstring injury that ruled him out of this year’s national and world championships.
Now back to near his best, the Great Lakes College year 10 student will head to Satellite City in Darwin this weekend for the third round of BMXA’s national series in great form.
Having overcome his hamstring injury another challenge awaits – racing from an 8 metre hill – when he takes on riders almost twice his age in the superclass event at Satellite City.
“I’ve never raced on 8 metre, so I am really looking forward to that opportunity to broaden my skills,” Moran said.
“I want to try and get confidence riding the 8m with all the people around me. I want to have fun but it’s really a learning curve.
“I train with (BMXA national team manager) Luke Madill and ride the 8m at his place and he mentors me in everything, but I have to do this in a race situation.”
Moran sees the Darwin event as an opportunity to continue his development as he prepares for the leap from the challenge classes to the junior elite category in 2019.
“The whole idea of racing these events is to help me for next year in juniors,” Moran admitted.
“I’m doing this so it’s not as big a step for me when I get into junior elite.”
The national champion in the 15 years event in 2017, Moran has raced in superclass at events in NSW over the last two weekends, finishing with a win and a third at the Xzibit Pools BMXtreme weekend at Castle Hill a fortnight ago before placing fourth in the crash-ravaged final at the Penrith Open last Sunday.
See Moran winning Saturday’s final at Castle Hill below, courtesy of Mick Carruthers.
Those races have given Moran the confidence he can take on competitors like two-time elite national champion Alex Cameron, who after turning 31 this week, is almost twice Moran’s age.
“I’ve raced Alex and guys like that the past two weekends so I’m getting used to it,” Moran said.
“I know what to expect. In pros every moto is a race to the finish. Everyone is big and they’re going to push you in and out of corners.”
Moran will have a busy time of it at Satellite City, electing, along with Terrigal 15yrs rider Rory McNamara, to take on their age group race as well as the superclass.
Racing will kick off with moto 1 at 6:30pm on Saturday evening before concluding on Sunday.