Currently sitting fourth in the MX1 standings, just 17 points adrift of third place, Geartec Husqvarna’s Elliott Banks-Browne is on course for his best-ever 450 finish since moving up to the big-bike class in 2014.
“It’s not been a bad season at all,” he said. “There have been a few little mishaps. The first race at the opening round wasn’t a great start and that combined with the DNF at Desertmartin has proved to be costly – if it wasn’t for them then I’d be fighting for second in the championship.
“Jake [Nicholls] has been riding very well and with Tommy [Searle] back and Graeme [Irwin] and Evgeny [Bobryshev] the class is stacked with fast riders.”
EBB moved up into MX1 after taking back-to-back 250 titles in 2012 and ’13. A run of injuries and changes of machinery made it hard for him to settle but after two years of stability with his current team he’s finally emerging as a serious contender.
With a win in MX1 at Foxhill already on his CV from 2014 – and the spectacular Wiltshire track next up on September 23 – he’s looking to end the year in style.
“I’ve had some podiums but I’d really like to get a win before the end of the season and I’ve got two rounds to do it. We’ve laid some solid foundations this year and next season our goal will be to win the championship.”
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