Phillips keeping calm ahead of World Cup finale

25 September 2014 / 16:50

Liam Phillips insists he will not let himself get distracted by the prospect of UCI BMX Supercross World Cup glory despite going into this weekend’s final round in Chula Vista in pole position.

The 25-year-old has led the standings since round one and currently holds a 130-point lead at the top of the rankings after four races, which included three podium finishes.

The final round takes place in California on Saturday with the 2013 world champion looking to join a select group of riders to have been crowned both World Championship and World Cup victors.

He will also aim to become the first-ever British male to win the competition although the two-time Olympian is not getting carried away.

A total of 225 points are on offer to the winner of Saturday’s race and Phillips knows he must maintain his concentration.

“I’d much rather be in the position I am in than chasing,” Phillips said, speaking from Great Britain’s training camp from Chula Vista.

“The only thing that is in my control is to go out on the track and have another good race. I want to end the season the same way I started so if I can do that the overall will take care of itself.

“I’m looking forward to racing, winning the overall has been a target throughout this season but my mindset has been the same since the start really, just to go to each stop on the world cup circuit and do as best I can then.

“If that’s enough to win the overall then so be it.

“It would be a nice way to end the season but my focus is to go out there and ride my bike the best I can and hopefully perform well again.”

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