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RACE ACE: Elliott Banks-Browne             picture: Nuno Laranjeira/ e22sports

RACE ACE: Elliott Banks-Browne picture: Nuno Laranjeira/ e22sports

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Elliott Banks-Browne is 
determined to return 
motocross to its heyday as he remains at the forefront of bringing it back to the masses.

Currently in the close season of the MX1 Maxxis ACU British MX Championship, the Bury St Edmunds-based race ace has found himself amid the exciting and fast growing world of the Arenacross Tour series, which sees 20 professional racers travel around the country to race in front of thousands of fans in packed arenas.

And having been part of the spectacle, racing for Geartec Suzuki alongside American Greg Crater, the 24-year-old — who returns to action in Birmingham tomorrow — is hoping the series ever-growing popularity will help bring the sport of motocross back to its former glory, which saw races featured on the BBC.

“It is great to be part of the tour,” said the Red Bull-sponsored racer, who sits seventh in the standings after the first three rounds in Manchester and Belfast. “It is a really big show in front of a lot of people and has really taken off in the last year.

“Stepping out into the lights and noise from the crowd is really exciting, it has become a really big show.

“One of the biggest reasons I got involved was to help raise the profile of motocross.

“The tour goes into a lot of main cities with a lot of fans watching and so it has huge potential to grow.

“There is a big a big scope to build not only my own profile but the sport as well and take racing forward.

“Hopefully one day it will be back to its heyday when it was regularly on the BBC.”