Geartec Husqvarna’s Elliott Banks-Browne defied the murky and misty conditions to fire in a double moto victory in the fourth round of the Bridgestone British Masters at Whitby at the weekend.
The damp conditions had already hampered the previous days racing, but the scene was set fair as the Pro’s embarked on their early morning qualifying session with Elliott just missing out on the additional prize money with second.
As the gate dropped on Moto 1 though, EBB was in a determined mood, and his Geartec Husqvarna hooked up a treat as he blazed into the early lead where he would comfortably stay for the remainder of the race and win number 1.
With much deliberation due to the imposing sea mist descending on the track, Moto 2 did eventually manage to get underway, and once again Elliott fired from the start and into the lead. By the midway point though, the mist was making conditions far from ideal, and with safety paramount, the race was red-flagged. With over half the race complete the result was called with EBB the moto winner, giving him a 1-1 day and the overall moving him up to sixth place in the standings.
“I have always liked Whitby, and we had a pretty good day. We went 1-1, which was nice. In my first race, I got into the lead and pretty much rode my own race. Then in the second one, there was a bit of controversy before the race when they thought it was cancelled and then it wasn’t. It was chaos, and we got to about 15 minutes in and the fog starting coming in and we couldn’t even see where we were going. I was chucking my hand up and stuff as I couldn’t see, and in the end, they actually stopped it and cancelled the meeting, which was a shame for the meeting as some people hardly got any racing in, but you can’t do anything about the weather. It was a good day all round though, I feel good on the bike, and my speed is good, and I’m just looking forward to carrying it through now as we have quite a few races coming up.
So hopefully, with a bit more luck than we have had, we will be alright.”
The race meetings now come thick and fast for the team as they drive down to Dorset on Wednesday as Elliott defends the Bob Lewis Trophy at the “Rock it ‘til Sundown” Midweek Motocross meeting before he returns to Bridgestone British Masters duty at the weekend where he will look to continue his four-race unbeaten run.