Brisbane teenager Izaac Kennedy has stormed to victory in the blue ribband men’s superclass event during the second round of the BMX Australia national series at the Nerang BMX Club on the Gold Coast.
The 19-year-old won all five laps he contested on the day, including a blistering defeat of training partners Max Cairns and Andy Hughes in the final, further igniting what a year ago was a most unlikely Olympic dream.
Minutes earlier another prodigious teen, Beenleigh’s Des’Ree Barnes, made it back to back national series superclass wins when she took out the corresponding women’s event from Sara Jones and Tahlia Marsh.
On a stellar day for BMX, Kennedy (Logan City Bmx Academy) and Barnes were joined by more than 400 riders from all over the country, ranging in age from 5 to well over 50.
But the day belonged to Kennedy, the diminutive pound for pound champ with the huge heart who is fast becoming the hottest property in Australian BMX.
Such is his meteoric rise, Kennedy now has a genuine shot at making it to the Tokyo Olympics after whirlwind ten months that has seen him claim the national elite title and two podium finishes on the world cup circuit.
Today on the tight Nerang track Kennedy set a goal to win every race he contested and he did it in style.
“It was a pretty good day,” he said in a gross understatement.
“I was a little tired as I’ve been training a little hard this week in preparation for the world cups but I showed up feeling really good.
“The plan was to win every lap, so with every single lap I went out there with the same mindset, did the same thing and with the final I treated it as another lap and they all went pretty well.”
In the final Kennedy used his blistering start to grab an early lead and was never headed.
“It was definitely important to start well. I knew that if I could get to the first jump or the first turn in first place I’d think I was going to win the race as it’s hard to pass on this track so I was really focusing on getting out of the gate clean, getting to the front and doing a lap.”
Next on the radar for Kennedy and the rest of the BMX community are the Oceania Championships and Australia’s premier annual event, the national championships, which will both be held in Launceston from March 25-28.
Then it’s off to take on the planet’s best again on the world cup circuit as he chases vital qualification points for Tokyo.
Barnes might not be in line for an Olympic berth in 2020 but she has begun the domestic season in fine form, making it two wins from as many starts in the superclass division while she takes aim at a second consecutive national junior elite title and a ninth straight national crown overall.
The third round of the national series will take place at Canberra BMX Club on April 25.