This year, the national series has ventured to more rounds and more states and Queensland’s Tristan Scott has gone to every one of them!
COVER PIC: Tristan Scott (right) competing in the fourth round of the 2018 BMX Australia National Series at Nerang BMX Club on the Gold Coast. (pic courtesy of MadB Photography)
Tristan Scott from Ipswich West Moreton BMX Club has had an incredible season and the 2018 BMX Australia BAD BOY National Series has played a big part in it.
The 14-year old has travelled to every single round of the national series and the final stop at Launceston, Tasmania will be the cherry on top as he looks to take the title for his age group.
“I’m feeling pretty good at the moment,” Scott said.
“I’ve been training a lot at the moment and I’m eager for the tough battle which will go down on the weekend.”
To put Scott’s national series into numbers… he has competed in 28 races, raced for 954.442 seconds, achieved 19 first places, five second places, three thirds and an eighth place.
His most dominant performances so far have been at Satellite City in the Northern Territory and the most recent round at Tuggeranong in the nation’s capital where he won every single race at both of them.
“It’s been a great experience riding against many different riders. The competition has been tough, and it has been really good to visit new places,” Scott said.
“It wasn’t a set-in stone plan to go to every round. We were actually planning on missing two. It just sort-of happened.”
It was only natural for Scott to choose round four at Nerang BMX Club, his state’s national series round, as his favourite. Interestingly, Scott didn’t make it through to his final yet appreciates the quality track the Gold Coast club provided.
“Nerang was definitely my favourite. It was a good round, a great location and it was really well run,” Scott said.
On the Queenslander’s radar is world no.1 Jordan Callum from Rockingham BMX Club in Western Australia. The pair have been banging bars all series and the standings currently sit with Callum on 591 and Scott on 590… close isn’t it.
“I’m definitely thinking about the numbers and how close Jordan and I are to each other. I guess I’m just trying to keep it at the back of my mind and concentrate on the racing,” Scott explained.
The 14-boy’s class is a pretty close-knit group. The riders line up together in the staging area sharing a few words and laughing, and as they continue to move up to the gate they quieten down. Once the start sequence begins to sound out across the track and the gates drop, it’s race time.
“It’s good fun racing with the boys. There is a lot of friendly banter and stuff going on but as you line up on the gate, I really focus on what is about to happen and get ready to get out of the gate fastest,” Scott said.
Scott has never been to Tasmania before, but has had time to take a look at the Launceston track and is excited by what he sees.
“I really like the look of the track. The new bitumen berms they have will definitely mean some great opportunities for fast overtaking. I can’t wait,” Scott said.
The one-day spectacle in the Apple Isle is set to come alight as riders from around Australia make their way for the final hurrah of the series.
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