Pettett is becoming a well-known name in the BMX Australia community and, understandably, we know why.
COVER PIC: Jeremy at Cross Keys BMX Club – (Pic courtesy: GetSnapt)
Win or lose, a rider races BMX for the pure adrenaline and natural ‘at home’ feeling he or she experiences. For Jeremy Pettett, sitting seventh on the 14 years boy’s standings, the experience that BMX provides is all he needs, and the idea of winning is just an added bonus.
Having travelled to every round except for Nerang, young Jeremy from Tuggeranong BMX Club has witnessed first-hand how the 2018 BMX Australia National Series has developed and in his mind’s eye, it’s been a resounding success.
“This national series has meant that I’ve been able to compete against the best Aussies in my age group and be able to challenge them every month,” Jeremy explained.
“This year has been great. The tracks have been perfect, and the racing has been awesome.”
Joining Jeremy around the country has been his father Gary, who is currently completing the Elite National Commissaires course, the highest possible officiating level in Australia. Jeremy is very proud of his father and the pair have become a well-known team throughout the series.
“I’m really happy my dad is doing that, it means that I’m able to do more rounds but it’s also great to know someone on the officials’ team to help you with the rules and skills,” Jeremy said.
Of the four rounds Jeremy has raced at, his favourite has been the one in Australia’s Northern Territory at Satellite City BMX Club.
“Darwin was definitely my favourite,” Jeremy explained.
“It was smooth, fast, indoors and there wasn’t anything wrong with it… maybe the heat!”
Competing in the 14 boy’s class, Jeremy has relished the opportunity to travel around Australia and race against the best in the country including world no.1 Jordan Callum from Rockingham and Aussie champion Joel Marsh from Happy Valley.
“The racing has been tough, but I wouldn’t have it any other way,” Jeremy said.
Watch his race at Satellite City BMX Club.
“While racing I have been improving and learning new styles and it’s great to do it against the best. My goal for the series is to finish in the top 8 for my age group.”
With the series making its next stop at his home club in Canberra, Jeremy is eager to use his home dirt advantage and see how his competitors go, but he knows it will still be a tough contest.
“There is still going to be a struggle with more local riders there and a lot of riders coming from NSW. I think I do have an advantage as I know some faster lines and I can tackle the berms the right way,” Jeremy explained.
“At the moment, my favourite part of the track is the third straight because the different lines you can do and the many different manoeuvres I can do through that rhythm section.”
Alongside the racing on track, Jeremy is proud of the club and its members and is excited for the rest of Australia to see where he gets to ride every week.
“The club is really great, and it feels like a big family,” Jeremy said.
“I know most of the members on the board as well and they are constantly trying to make the club better. What they are really good at is putting themselves in the rider’s point of view and making sure we are happy. It’s awesome.”
Joining Jeremy at Tuggeranong this weekend are over 470 riders from around the country, racing for valuable points in the yearlong national series.
The competition is approaching the final straight and the contest for the top of the standings is getting hotter and hotter.
To see a current list of standings in the series – CLICK HERE.
Keep up to date with all important announcements and information throughout the weekend through our social media channels as well as our events page on the BMXA website – HERE.
On track, events this weekend will begin with practice session from 1pm AEST on Saturday September 15, with motos one and two for all classes running from 3:30pm.
Action will begin on Sunday with warmup’s from 8:30am before action-packed racing is on display with gates dropping for the third motos at 10:15am, qualifiers at 11:15am and finals at 12pm.