Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Robotic Matt to Take on World; Ipswich BMX Star's Australian Honour

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Robotic Matt to Take on World; Ipswich BMX Star's Australian Honour

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Byline: Tom Bushnell tom.bushnell@qt.com.au

Eat, sleep, train, repeat.

That's the uncompromising routine of dedicated Ipswich BMX speed demon Matt Krasevskis as he prepares to spearhead the Australian campaign at the World Titles in Belgium.

"I've been living in a shell," he said

"I feel sorry for Tyler (partner)...

"I've been a robot lately.

"I've got this opportunity and I don't want to let it go to waste."

Krasevskis qualifies for the five-man Australian team based on a selection criteria and solid results in major European competitions recently.

At the Zolder track where the World Titles are to be held, Krasevskis pedalled to a European Cup quarter final.

He backed that performance up by powering to his maiden world cup quarter final berth at Manchester in the United Kingdom.

"I went not too bad overseas," Krasevskis said.

"I had some consistent results which got me through.

"But I wish I had have done a bit better in a couple of other races."

Upon return to the country, Krasevskis entered the Australian Titles at Shepparton and he was feeling good as he cruised through the early rounds into the semi final.

However, his national bid came unstuck rather abruptly as he crashed on the first corner.

Despite the setback, Krasevskis did enough to receive the nod from Aussie selectors and he will be looking to light up the track when he returns to Zolder.

Having raced at Zolder before he is familiar with the course.

He has also been studying videos of his last race there to help him visualise every corner and jump in search of an advantage.

Krasevskis has also surrounded himself with people who have been at the top before and know what it takes to succeed.

Coach Brian Kirkham is a former Olympian and world title plate holder who has done it all in Europe and the United States. …

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