Edwards Praises Brit Prep
Jason Edwards hailed the “professionalism” of Great Britain after two classy wins in Australia.
The Billericay kid produced an excellent paid 14 points in the two mini test match victories over the hosts in Pinjar Park, Perth at the weekend. Great Britain won 50-39 and 54-36 with captain Tai Woffinden leading with some style, unbeaten in both meetings over an Aussie side led by three-times World Champion Jason Crump.
Crumpie was my hero growing up so to actually compete in races next to him was a bit unreal. I feel I’ve learn so much in such a short time.Jason Edwards
Edwards, 17, admitted it was an experience he’d never forget, saying: “It’s been a brilliant time here in Australia and the two test matches were awesome. It was great to get my chance in the senior team. To race alongside Tai is something very special and also to go up against Jason Crump is something I will never forget. Crumpie was my hero growing up so to actually compete in races next to him was a bit unreal. I feel I’ve learn so much in such a short time.
“I think the professionalism of racing for Great Britain was the biggest eye opener. Team boss Simon Stead flew out to Australia and we all had our team race suits. Everything was done just right and that makes such a difference. I know that’s what Great Britain want to do in every meeting, the preparation and professionalism has to be right all the time. It feels very good to be part of that. I had a better first meeting than second. But we got the results and we all worked well together, the spirit was brilliant.”
Edwards paid tribute to three-times World Champion Woffinden for his role in leading the side with 10 immaculate rides. He added: “The great thing about Tai is that he makes time for everyone and he’s straight to the point. He tells you as it is, there’s no messing about. It’s so big for confidence and belief for all of us. To be in a Great Britain side and team ride with him is a massive thing.
“Now I’m looking forward to joining up with Great Britain in the UK for our close season No Limits school and training. It’s been a brilliant Winter prep for a new year at home.”