Elliott Banks-Browne is adamant he will return stronger after seeing his Arenacross Tour season ended through injury misery.
After the jubilation of securing his first victory of the season in Newcastle last week, the Bury St Edmunds-based ace was brought back to reality in Glasgow on Saturday night as his evening was ended prematurely.
Battling for a place in the main event final, the 25-year-old was leading his head-to-head battle qualifier against series leader Thomas Ramette before a collision between the pair resulted in Banks-Browne suffering a broken tibia and fibula in his left leg.
That will see Geartec Suzuki rider miss the final two tour meetings in Sheffield and London, as well as the start of the new MX National Series in March, much to his annoyance.
“I’m absolutely gutted,” he said. “It has put me out of the final two rounds of the tour and it is only a month until the start of the MX1 season and so I will definitely miss the first chunk of the season.
“I think the incident could have been avoided, but that is the way it goes sometimes.
“I got hit right in my left leg and although I didn’t come off the bike I knew it was broken.
“It is massively annoying, when it is not your fault it makes it worse, that is hard to take.
“I feel all right, injuries are just a part of racing and so it won’t really affect my confidence coming back, I will come back stronger.”
Although the racer is confident of coming back in top form, he conceded he will not jeopardise his recovery by rushing the process.
“I’m not going to rush back I need to make sure I’ll come back when I’m 100 percent ready,” he added. “Now I’m just on the mend. I don’t know how long the recovery time will be just yet, but I’m lucky to have the best people around me at Red Bull.
“Rushing back just doesn’t work, I’ll be playing catch-up in the MX1 championship no matter what so I want to be right when I do finally return.
“I have to make sure I’m right in myself but hopefully that will be sooner rather than later.”