Elliott Banks-Browne held his nerve to overcome a stressful final round of the British Maxxis Motocross Championship and retain his title.
The 23-year-old Bury St Edmunds-based racer went into the final weekend at Farleigh Castle, Somerset, with a 30-point advantage over Evo Tech’s Steve Lenoir and 29-point advantage over Neville Bradshaw, which he would ultimately not relinquish to reclaim a title famously won by his grandfather John Banks and uncle Mark.
However, for Banks-Browne — who hopes to continue his success at the higher MX1 category next season— despite being delighted to retain his crown, he conceded he did not relish the prospect of having everything to lose going into the weekend as the favourite.
“I’m absolutely delighted, it’s been a hard year, but I’ve kept my championship and that was the main thing,” he said. “It was really tight at the end and should have been easier than it was, it proved quite stressful.
“That is because this year I had more to lose.
“I was 16 points behind last year so this year being ahead there was more pressure, but thankfully I held it together.
“It is still as special a feeling as it was last year and its even more pleasing to beat my uncle by having two championships, although I’ve still few more to go to beat my grandad.
“Next year I’ll be looking to move up to the higher MX1 class, which will be tough but I think I can compete strongly. It is looked at as the more prestigious class with more powerful bikes.
“There will be a lot of very talented riders involved and so I will have to work hard to get anywhere near the success I’ve had over the last two years.”