Rosebank rider beats the best in the world on two wheels
IT HAS been a triumphant return for Rosebank's Jack Field, after he beat the world's best at this year's EnduroCross AMA Trials Cross Championships in Las Vegas.
But it was no easy ride for Field, who said the competition proved more difficult than he anticipated.
"There were a lot of good guys there and I'd raced against them at the start of the year and I knew it was going to be a challenge, but it was actually a lot harder than I was expecting," he said. "I think we swapped lead changes about six times throughout the race and it's only a five-lap race!"
And if placing number one in his category wasn't enough, the trials champion managed to score in the top half of the Ex Pro Main event, against the world's best full-time professional riders.
"For me, that class was just for a bit of fun and I now realise I could probably have a chance at going all right in it," he said. "In 2014, I'm going to dedicate a lot more time to it."
Field said he and his riders would be starting their own race teams for both the Australian series and the American EnduroCross series next year.
The teams would include four-time Australian women's champion Kristie McKinnon, junior moto-trials champion Jono Chellas, development rider James Boyle and team organiser and commentator Rhianna Buchanan.
To be known as Flair Motorsports, it will complement Field's established freestyle trials and BMX shows, Flair Action Sports.
"Racing has been something I've wanted to do for a long time but it's just so expensive, I just couldn't justify it before," he said.
Field also holds the title of world number one Freestyle Trials Rider 2010, as well as records for the world's lowest motorcycle back flip off a 30cm kicker, and the world's biggest trials motorcycle back flip at 23m.
It has been a career above and beyond anything he could have predicted.
"I thought I'd be up in the mines or something, doing engineering. But when I got asked to go overseas for a show in Year 11 or 12, it changed and it hasn't really gone back," Field said.
"It's been awesome."