Elliott Banks-Browne: ‘I’m going to Blaxhall to win’, says Suffolk motocross racer

Elliott Banks-Browne - in confident form ahead of Blaxhall this weekend

Elliott Banks-Browne - in confident form ahead of Blaxhall this weekend - Credit: Archant

Elliott Banks-Browne leads Suffolk hopes in tomorrow’s Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship, at Blaxhall.

Elliott Banks-Browne

Elliott Banks-Browne - Credit: Archant

The Bury St Edmunds racer, 27, is in some of the best form of his career right now and heads to his local track on the back of two big National Pro Class wins at Sherwood last weekend.

For fans of the sport in this area, Banks-Browne’s form is just what the doctor ordered, with the region’s other star name Jake Nicholls currently out injured.

“I’m definitely in some of the best form I’ve been in for many years,” Banks-Browne admitted.

“Last week at Sherwood went well. We got the bike just right to suit me. I got to the ‘holeshot’ (first bend) first on two occasions, won both races and qualifying. It couldn’t have gone any better.

“I can’t wait now for Blaxhall.

“My confidence is high and I’m going there to win. I’ve made some big strides this year and the Sherwood meeting was huge for me.”

Big crowds at Blaxhall last season

Big crowds at Blaxhall last season - Credit: Archant

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Blaxhall made a successful return to the Championship calendar in 2015 and is many of the riders’ favourite circuits – none more so than Banks-Browne’s.

“This round is probably the one I look forward to most all year,” he said.

“Not because it’s my local round, but it’s so well planned, the turn-out of fans is superb. The sport in this area is thriving.”

With five rounds down it’s Graeme Irwin (Buildbase Honda) who holds a healthy 39-point lead in MX1 standings, from Gert Krestinov (Phoenix Tools Honda Racing). Banks-Browne beat Irwin at Sherwood last weekend.

Following last month’s tragic death of Steven Lenoir, who stills sits third in the table, it’s two-time champ Brad Anderson (Verde Sports Racing KTM) who’s next in line 59 points off the pace with Banks-Browne (Geartec Husqvarna) in fifth.

There are plenty of other local riders in action tomorrow who all harbour good finishes on a huge day for the sport in the county.

The action starts at 9am with practice and qualifying with more than 100 riders competing during the day.

The race programme features two 25 minute plus two lap motos for the MX1 and MX2 classes – and two supporting championship races which complete the packed schedule.

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