Thanks to bmxworldcup.com, Izaac Kennedy provides insight to how he is feeling ahead of Shepparton. As well his aspirations to bigger and better things for the years ahead..
The countdown is well and truly underway for the first two rounds of the 2020 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup at the Shepparton BMX Club on February 1 & 2.
Riders from around the world will make their way down under to join a large contingent of Aussie riders eager to prove themselves on home soil.
Among Australian group are riders like Olympians Caroline Buchanan, Anthony Dean, Lauren Reynolds and Bodi Turner, as well as Tokyo Olympic hopefuls Kai and Saya Sakakibara, but they aren’t the only ones hunting the top spot.
Queensland’s Izaac Kennedy is another exciting prospect who is more than familiar with the Shepparton strip after he notched his maiden elite men’s national title at the Australian championships in 2019.
Adding to his success on the domestic scene, Kennedy also competed in the world cup in Rock Hill, USA and found himself third on the podium in the seventh round, something he has savoured and used as a source of energy to reach higher platforms.
“I’m feeling really good right now ahead of Shepparton,” Kennedy explained.
“I’ve been doing some sessions there and I really love the track. It’s been great to get back on it, especially after the success I’ve had this year.
“We still have a good bit of time out from the event, so it will be good to get plenty of more training in and I’m sure it will all pay off.”
Crowned as the national champion, Kennedy has only good memories at Shepparton and he cannot wait to take on the world’s best in February.
“Winning nationals was a great feeling and I have a lot of confidence at that track,” Kennedy said.
“The whole track really suits me. You can win from any lane and it’s a really well-rounded track with technique and speed being key. It’s easily one of my favourites.”
After 2019’s success, the 19-year old has begun to set his sights on much larger and exciting dreams, chief of them all, is the opportunity to represent Australia at the Olympics.
“The Olympics is definitely a big goal of mine,” Kennedy said.
“I’ve proved myself on the world stage and I just need to keep working hard with my training. Working with my training partner Connor Fields (American Rio Olympic gold medallist) is a big help and all I need to do is go out and do my best.”
Joining the must watch contingent includes world cup campaigners Josh McLean, Brandon Te Hiko and Shepparton’s Hayden Fletcher as well as junior elite national champion Matthew Tidswell and his teenage rivals Oliver Moran, Jack Davis and Corey Taylor.