VICTORY has brought relief for Jack Davis as he cast aside the year’s earlier disappointments with victories in the BMX Grand Nationals in America.
The Tamworth BMX Club member proved too strong for the rest of the field finishing number one in both the 15-16 open and the 16 expert.
Taking on some of the world’s best riders, Davis saved his best for last as he burst from lane six and flew over the top of Brazilian Garcia Pento to claim victory in the 16s expert.
“It’s a big relief that’s for sure,” Davis said of winning.
“It was a lot of hard work paying off and it feels amazing to be up there with the best in the world.”
Earlier in the event’s final day, the year 10 Farrer student proved a big hit with the Tulsa, Oklahoma crowd as he stormed home from lane one to take out the 15-16 open.
“I could’t have done it without the help of my coach Luke Madill,” Davis said.
“As well as everyone over at Ssquared Factory Team for taking me on and supporting me throughout the grand nationals.”
Davis’s victories come after the 16-year-old fell just short of making the BMX world championships semi finals in June this year.
A minor collision with two Colombian competitors cost Davis a spot in the finals, but that resulted was erased with his grand nationals victories.
“It was a bit of a bummer, but, you know, that’s how racing goes,” he said.
“It was a big relief to get the wins and certainly a good pay off for a lot of hard work.”
There will be little time to relax for Davis as he prepares for an interstate camp in the coming weeks.
“We’re basically heading straight home from America, before a camp in Brisbane the week after I get back,” he said.
“I wouldn’t be where I am right now without my parents and the Tamworth City BMX Club, so I’m really grateful to them for everything.”