Banks-Browne extends record-breaking legacy

MAIDEN CHAMPIONSHIP: Elliott Banks-Browne won his first British Championship at Little Silver, Exeter
MAIDEN CHAMPIONSHIP: Elliott Banks-Browne won his first British Championship at Little Silver, Exeter
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Bury St Edmunds’ Elliott Banks-Browne continued a long-running family legacy by winning the British Maxxis Motocross Championship.

The 22-year-old, who claimed his first national title at Little Silver, Exeter, followed in the footsteps of his grandfather John Banks and uncle Mark, to help make history as the third generation of the Banks family to lift a British Motocross championship.

Going into the last round of the competition, a three-part race, Banks-Browne knew only overall victory on the day would secure him the title and he did just that, overturning a 16-point defecit to take his Red Bull-sponsored KTM UK machine to glory, beating main rival Mel Pocock.

Overcoming a crash in the first race, Banks-Browne recovered to claim victory, but unfortunately crashed in race two to take it down to the final race.

However, thankfully for the youngster, despite suffering a further crash in race three, he regained his composure to finish the race without losing any further positions, securing a second-place finish and the championship title.

Reflecting on the success, Banks-Browne spoke of a momentous victory for his family and the relief of achieving a lifelong ambition.

“Coming into the weekend I knew there was the possibility that I could win the championship but I never thought it would happen, I’m so happy,” he said.

“When I crossed the line I knew I was champion, but it hasn’t really sunk in yet.

“It is an amazing feeling to have three generations of champions in the family and it is a really unique achievement.

“I have had pressure all my life to succeed and so to actually win the championship is a massive relief.

“My grandad was at the race and to see him so happy and proud was a very special moment.”

n Meanwhile, Ingham’s Jordan Lunn was also celebrating this week after becoming a national Four-cross champion.

Competing in the Schwalbe British Series in the 16-to-18-year-old category, in which four riders race down a dirt track on specially adapted bikes, the 18-year-old former Thurston Community College pupil, won a near perfect six out of seven rounds to guarantee the overall title.