COVER PIC: Matt Krasevskis competing in rounds one and two of the 2019 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Manchester. (Pic courtesy of 15Fifteen) It’s been two weeks since the opening rounds of the 2019…
It’s been two weeks since the opening rounds of the 2019 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Manchester and Ipswich’s Matt Krasevskis is eagerly awaiting another bout with the best when rounds three and four commence this weekend in Papendal, the Netherlands.
The Manchester event was the 20-year-old’s first taste of the world’s premier BMX series and the Queensland rider left a large impression on the other competitors and spectators, which has left him in very high spirits.
“It was a great feeling competing in Manchester,” Krasevskis said.
“My parents told me afterwards that the commentators were really impressed with my racing and that was a really good feeling. No one really knows me because it was my first world cup and watching the replay of them saying that stuff, it has pumped me up a lot.”
Krasevskis finished fifth in the 1/16 finals in round one and followed it up with an impressive sixth in the quarter final the next day in round two.
Strong performances on the world stage have been a continuing trend for the elite rider, who kicked off 2019 with a podium finish in Albuquerque, New Mexico during the USA’s Spring Nationals behind French superstar Sylvain Andre and Australia’s Rio Olympian Anthony Dean.
“When I got on that podium behind Sylvain and Anthony, I got heaps of confidence letting me know that I can mix it up with the top guys,” Krasevskis said.
“I then used that confidence at Sleeman (Supercross track in Brisbane) for the Queensland International, and to come away from that, battling it out on the final straight with Connor Fields (Rio Olympic gold medallist) in the final just added onto it going to Manchester.”
Australia’s performance in Manchester was an eye-opener for the riders with the podium on round one completely different to its successor the next day.
Debutant Krasevskis was blown away by the talent and atmosphere at the event and was grateful for two individuals who helped him stay calm and focused.
National Coaching Manager Luke Madill and Shepparton’s Hayden Fletcher were big comforts to Krasevskis, but both had different methods of doing it.
“It was really good to have Luke Madill there,” Krasevskis continued.
“I didn’t know how the system works and if it wasn’t for Luke helping me out, I would’ve had no idea. He filmed all our practices and races and let me know when I needed to get ready for my next race.
“A big credit needs to go to him as well as Hayden Fletcher.
“Hayden helped me stay relaxed by playing Connect4 during our races. It got pretty intense actually!
“Sometimes I would win, sometimes he would… some phones might’ve been thrown during the games. But they were great ways to take my mind off the racing and I really appreciated it.”
Even though he may have lost Connect4, the experience at Manchester has given Krasevskis the insight and excitement for his next event at the home of BMX in the Netherlands.
“I’m really excited for Papendal,” Krasevskis said.
“The track is really nice because it is long and wide. I’ve always wanted to ride it because it is really open and there is a lot of pedalling. I like lots of pedalling.
“The competition at Manchester was a big surprise for me. There are a lot of riders at these world cups and the biggest thing for me was trying to stay relaxed. I just have to treat it as if I’m racing at home and enjoy the experience. I really can’t wait.”
Action at Papendal commences at 10:30pm AEST on May 11 with round three’s main event expected to begin at 12:30am on May 12.
Round 4 will commence its early rounds at 10pm AEST on May 12 with the main event expected to begin at 12:30am on May 13.
Keep an eye on BMXA’s social media platforms as we share the live streaming of the event closer the to the date.