We talk to the MX2 rider after his successful defence of his British title.
It’s been a year of ups and downs for British rider Elliott Banks-Browne. After winning the British MX2 Championship in style in 2012, he was expected to be right at the front in the 2013 World Championship. But a series of technical issues and set-up problems has left EBB struggling to break into the top ten.
It’s been a different story in the British Championship, however, with Banks-Browne successfully defending his British title last weekend and moving closer to his own grandad’s record of five British titles. We caught up with EBB to see how he was feeling…
Redbull.com: How satisfying was it to defend your British MX2 title?
Elliott Banks-Browne: It was awesome. Going into the weekend, I felt a bit more nervous than I did last year for some reason. I think I went in with everything to lose this time. I was pretty confident I’d get the championship, but it’s motocross and anything can happen. I was 30 points ahead, so it gave me effectively a one-race cushion over everyone, but still, if the bike breaks that’s 25 points. It was just a relief when I came over the line.
RB: You celebrated with your granddad, who was also a multiple British champion. Was that a special moment for both of you?
EBB: Yeah that was cool. It was a bit emotional actually. Pretty much my whole family was there. My mum, my dad, my uncle, who’s also won a British championship. So they all came and watched and it was an awesome day.
RB: Was your first championship or your second one more satisfying?
EBB: The second one. I think, in a way, I expected to win the first one. And to win two years in a row is a pretty special feeling. I don’t even know when the last time was that someone did that.
RB: How did you celebrate?
EBB: We didn’t do too much. We had a little bit of a celebration after the race, but I think we’re going to go out this weekend and have a good time!
RB: Has it been frustrating for you performing so well in the British Championship but then having the problems you’ve had in the World Championship?
EBB: It’s definitely very, very frustrating. We’ve had a couple of issues setting up the bike, but we did some testing after the last World Championship round and we had a lot better settings, the suspension especially. My speed came back straight away and I had a lot more confidence and I think it showed at the last round – I could have won any race.
RB: You’re changing up from a 250 to a 450 next year when you switch to MX1. How are you expecting to ride in that?
EBB: I think it will be good. I really, really like riding the 450, and I think I ride it a lot better than I ride the 250. I can ride it a lot easier and put it where I want it. Plus I was always complaining about power [on the 250], saying I wanted more. On the 450, I won’t have anything to complain about! But it’s going to be tough, even the British championship’s going to be a really hard championship to win. But I’m going to be working really hard to take the British MX1 Championship and make it three in a row!