EBB fifth at Foxhills – Geartec Husqvarna Race Report
A fifth for Elliott Banks-Browne at Foxhills on Sunday at the seventh round of the Maxxis British Motocross Championship belies the effort and speed which he and the Geartec Husqvarna had on the day, but bodes well for the remainder of the season, being just a point away from a podium finish.
After a big week of testing the team were looking forward to putting their work into practice at the newly laid out Foxhill circuit, and from the off the improvements were clear to see with Elliott looking quick and comfortable in qualifying, sitting on pole until the very last lap when the drying circuit produced a faster race surface for those still on track relegating him to fourth.
A good start in the first Moto saw EBB in fourth, but early in the Moto a coming together with Shaun Simpson saw Elliott on the deck and having to regroup and come again from outside the top 10. Elliott set about reeling in places, and after moving up to seventh, with the riders in fifth and sixth just ahead, the race was red-flagged with the result called from the previous lap when he was in eighth.
In Moto 2 Elliott hugged a tight line on the first bend to come out in fourth as the racers emerged from the first few bends. EBB then moved passed Jake Millward into third before they crossed the line for the first lap. On lap three EBB had moved ahead of Tommy Searle for second and set about chasing Simpson at the head of the field, keeping within striking distance for the majority of the Moto. Backmarkers came into play over the last few laps and nullified Elliott’s attack and also allowed Searle to tag onto his back wheel, but a strong final couple of laps meant a superb second-place finish for Elliott and fifth overall just a point from a place on the Podium, which with another lap of Moto 1 would have been his position.
Paul Mason – Team Manager
“It was a really really good day, and Elliott showed his true speed and potential, so we are very happy. We made a lot of progression with the bike during the week. With Elliott and Luke being injured for the majority of the year, we were a long way behind with the development of the bike, and last week was the first time we have been able to get everything sorted, and it showed. We have made massive gains with the bikes in the last week. We went to Foxhills full of confidence because of it, and it showed in Elliott’s riding.”
“It was a pretty decent day missing the Podium by just one point. The overall result didn’t really reflect on how well we rode and how well the bike performed. I ended up fourth in qualifying, so that was good.
“In the first Moto I made a good start and was right behind the leaders when I came into a tight right hand hairpin just before the hill, and I went tight in a rut and (Shaun) Simpson went even tighter and we came together in probably the worst possible place to crash at the bottom of the hill. I was in such a bad place in the middle of the track, and I had to wait for everyone to come past me. I managed to get up to seventh when the race was red flagged, and I was put back to eighth, which was unfortunate as that ultimately cost me the Podium at the end of the day.
“In the second race Shaun and Tommy (Searle) had managed to get away a bit, and I managed to close them down and pass Tommy, and I kept the gap pretty good with Shaun until I got some backmarkers towards the end of the race. He had a little more intensity at the end of the race and managed to creep away. It was a good race, and us three were quite a lot faster than the others, and it was nice to race with those boys, and it showed what I could have been capable of all year. Even now I feel like I am not where I was at the beginning of the year, so to go there and show I had the speed with them was nice.
“The track at Foxhill was an improvement on the previous years. It was great to see the promoters and organisers putting something back into the racing and changing it up a bit.”
The team now have a week off before they recommence their MX Nationals campaign at Cusses Gorse on the 25th August.