Phillips out to keep UCI BMX Supercross lead in Berlin

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Liam Phillips believes it would be "naive" to focus solely on beating UCI BMX Supercross World Cup rival Anthony Dean in Berlin this weekend.

World champion Phillips leads the series after two rounds of five with Australian Dean 40 points behind in the elite men's rankings.

"I think it's definitely important to beat Anthony if he's second in the points but I don't focus on that or dwell on that," said Phillips.

"We've only done two rounds of five so I think to just pick one rider and say 'that's the one rider that I need to beat' is quite naive."

Phillips, who won the first round in Manchester before taking third at the round two in Papendal, added that there would be a number of riders in contention at Berlin's Mellowpark from 13-14 June.

"I think there is going to be a whole host of the best talent in the world going to race and for me it's just about being consistent and scoring points at every stop," said Phillips, who was third overall in the 2013 series.

"If I get to the end of the season and I've performed at my best at the five stops, wherever that leaves me at the end so be it."

Phillips continued his run of podium finishes with second and third places at the European BMX League in the Netherlands earlier this month.

He credits his recent form to the gratification he gets from both training and racing.

"It's been a really good season so far, really enjoyable," the two-time Olympian said.

"I was having a conversation with Grant (White, Great Britain BMX coach) the other day and I think that was the biggest thing for me: the fact that I'm enjoying racing and riding my bike and I think that's showing in the performances in the races I am going to.

"I'm going there with good form, but being able to deliver when I need to has been key for me to be successful this year and I'm looking to build on that for Berlin."

The German capital welcomes its first-ever UCI BMX Supercross World Cup having previously played host to the Red Bull R.Evolution races.

A modified track will be used for world cup racing though Phillips still expects it to be one of the more innovative courses on the calendar.

“I've seen some little bits of the track online from other riders who have been there riding this week and last week but to be honest it's as you'd expect,” Phillips said.

“There was a couple of big races there previously but not world cup races. The track is going to be different for sure, it's going to be potentially a little more crazy than what we usually do but I'm going to go there with eyes wide open and see what I come across.”

After Berlin, Phillips’ attention will turn to defending his world championship in Rotterdam on 26-27 July.

Phillips became Britain’s first elite men’s champion in 12 years with victory in Auckland last year and has savoured wearing the rainbow stripes.

“I've absolutely loved wearing that rainbow jersey,” Phillips said.

“The way in which I performed since the worlds last year I think I've done that jersey justice. I've performed well and I'll be sad to race my last world cup in that jersey because it means so much to me.

“It’s five weeks after Berlin until the world champs in Rotterdam so I'm looking forward to getting this world cup done and then getting some work done ahead of trying to retain the world title.”