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LOCAL BMX BAD BOY SUCCESS… Local resident, Hayden Fletcher has come out on top at the BMXA BAD BOY National Series. Photo: Supplied.
LOCAL BMX BAD BOY SUCCESS… Local resident, Hayden Fletcher has come out on top at the BMXA BAD BOY National Series. Photo: Supplied.
LOCAL BMX BAD BOY SUCCESS… Local resident, Hayden Fletcher has come out on top at the BMXA BAD BOY National Series. Photo: Supplied.
LOCAL BMX BAD BOY SUCCESS… Local resident, Hayden Fletcher has come out on top at the BMXA BAD BOY National Series. Photo: Supplied.

TOP tier riders from around Australia came together last weekend to compete in the biggest BMX series on the country’s 2019 calendar, the BMXA BAD BOY National Series, with Shepparton’s Hayden Fletcher coming out on top.

The in-form 20-year old has been notching together some impressive results, with the best occurring during the national series competition.

Following the event, that was held in Perth, Fletcher’s strong results have him standing at the top of the leader board for the superclass series and third for the UCI (international sporting body) elite men’s series.

Fletcher won the superclass series’ opening round in Sydney last month and has backed that up with a third in the second round and a runner-up finish behind Australia’s leading rider, Kai Sakakibara at the national series in Perth.

The rising star also finished second behind Sakakibara in the UCI elite men’s event, a race that carried extra significance as it was the Australian season’s first race that carried valuable Olympic qualification points.

After his strong performance in Perth, Fletcher is eager for his next race and is enjoying the consistency he is producing on the track.

“Yeah I’m really stoked with my performance at the moment and it’s a great feeling to be on top of the standings for the superclass,” Fletcher said.

“I have managed to make all the podiums so far in the national series and it’s a really good feeling to have that consistency.

“To be putting in good results against the likes of Kai (Sakakibara) who is ranked eighth in the world is awesome.

“He is obviously one of the fastest riders in the world let alone in Australia and alongside him you have are other guys like Shane (Rosa), Corey (Frieswyk), Brandon (Te Hiko), Bodi (Turner) and Max Cairns who are all super-fast and competitive.”

A dream for Fletcher’s 2019 is to find the top of the podium at the 2019 BMXA BAD BOY National Championships at his home club in Shepparton on May 20 to 26.