A path of redemption and a national series title will do just the job.
South Australia’s Joel Marsh has notched some impressive performances throughout the 2019 BMX season, but he is hoping to add the cherry on top this weekend when the final stage of the national series is wrapped up at the Canberra BMX Club.
The 15-boy’s rider is currently sitting third on the standings behind Maitland Tenambit’s Lachlan Moore and Macarthur’s Rory Southwell.
But the final standings will come down to this weekend when all three battle it out for the title of national series champion.
Marsh’s confidence has reached boiling point after clean sweeping not only stage 4 at The Cove in his home state, but also stage 5 at Southern City in the Apple Isle to record two perfect scores of 200, the most points a rider can obtain at a national series stage.
Marsh has been working tirelessly with his coaches to ensure he has done everything he can before the gates drop.
“I’m feeling pretty good,” Marsh said.
“My training has been going really well and I’ve been training with some older riders to ensure I’m doing all I can.
“My coach Brian Kirkham has been working with me and it’s really great to have him there for me seeing as he worked with Anthony (Dean) and Sam (Willoughby) leading into the Rio Olympics.”
For Marsh to claim the top spot, he will need to record a result close to a perfect 200, something he is striving to achieve.
“I’m really looking forward to this weekend,” Marsh said.
“I really want to win the national series so I can add it to the resume, and it would be good to do it against some really tough riders who have also been trying to win it.
“I think Rory (Southwell) and Lachy (Moore) have been riding really well this year and it should be a really good weekend of racing.”
The Happy Valley rider has been on a mission since he crashed during the 2019 BMXA BAD BOY National Championships and knows only too well that it is a part of BMX.
“Taking the win this weekend would be my most successful achievement this year especially considering that I crashed at nationals and worlds,” Marsh said.
“It was pretty annoying for that to happen, but I guess that’s just how it is and it’s racing. It has just motived me to just come back next time and do better.”
The current 15-boy’s standings: