Swift pair in points at Moneyglass

BURY St Edmunds-based Suzuki Swift riders Sean Hamblin and Elliott Banks-Browne were both amongst the scorers as the MX2 World Motocross Championship came to Moneyglass in Northern Ireland on Sunday.

BURY St Edmunds-based Suzuki Swift riders Sean Hamblin and Elliott Banks-Browne were both amongst the scorers as the MX2 World Motocross Championship came to Moneyglass in Northern Ireland on Sunday.

Atrocious weather forced the Irish organisers to abandon the usual qualification procedure on Saturday with a single half hour session of flying laps replacing the usual heats.

This system didn't suit either of the Suzuki Swift riders but both managed to qualify for Sunday's motos.

More pleasant weather greeted the competitors on Sunday, but the track needed time to dry out and the first moto saw little overtaking, not the ideal situation for the Suzuki Swift boys who were both starting from the outside of the grid.


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Hamblin managed to advance just six places to 18th in the course of the 40 minute race, but even that was more than most riders managed, while Banks-Browne was battling in his wake to secure the final point for 20th after frustratingly falling on the opening lap.

“It's great to score another point,” said the 17-year-old from Bury St Edmunds, “but I could have managed a lot more but for that mistake. I was running 14th and lost ten places when I slipped off.”

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The sun came out for race two and Hamblin had a forceful ride as the drier track afforded more opportunities for passing. The American born rider was placed 16th on lap one and stormed through the field to eigth by the finish.

“The track was just so one-line in the first race that it was virtually impossible to pass anyone,” said Hamblin. “The second race was much better and I made some good moves to get into the top ten.”

Banks-Browne's chances of a second scoreline were dented early on when he fell after moving forward quickly from 18th to 15th. Losing half a lap the teenager showed great spirit and to recovered to 22nd.

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