He’s the best rider in Australia for his age and now Tamworth’s Jack Davis is preparing to test himself against the world’s best.
The Farrer student is currently in Baku for the 2018 UCI BMX World Championships, where he will be part of a 101-strong Australian team that also includes Olympians Anthony Dean and Lauren Reynolds, and siblings Kai and Saya Sakakibara, who are currently Australia’s highest-ranked riders.
The five-day competition in the Azerbaijan capital gets underway on Tuesday (June 5) with Davis racing in the 16yrs boys event on Thursday (evening Australian time).
Fresh from reclaiming his national number one plate in Bunbury in March, Davis said he is feeling “really strong” heading into BMX’s global showpiece.
“I’m riding well and I’m confident on the bike,” he said.
Davis won his first and third mottos and was second in the other in Western Australia, before winning his quarter final and finishing third in his semi-final.
“Since the Aussies we’ve really been focusing on my gate which is probably one of the most crucial parts of a race,” he said.
“I feel like they’ve really improved and can’t wait to test them out on the world stage.”
Fourth at last years World Championships in Rock Hill, USA, Davis said he doesn’t really have any expectations going into the event.
“I’m just focusing on one race at a time and just keep working up,” he said.
“My end goal is to make it into the final, but I try not to look that far ahead.
“I just keep the focus on the next lap ahead.”
Australia’s national team manager and 2008 Olympian Luke Madill noted that Davis is a talent “who has been performing consistently well over the last few years”, adding that he is looking forward to seeing him race the best in the world.
The Aussies won three gold, six silver and two bronze medals at last years championships.