Bury St Edmunds motorcross race ace Elliott Banks-Browne believes he is perfectly placed to emulate his three-time world champion mentor as he bides his time in search of his own glory.
Under the guidance of Dave Thorpe’s Buildbase Honda Team, the 24-year-old is currently enjoying a promising maiden appearance in the British MX1 Championships, having enjoyed back-to-back title glory at the lower MX2 discipline before making the step-up.
Although the Red Bull athlete rejected the opportunity to bypass the MX1 category and move straight into the more-prestigious World series, he believes it will prove the right decision as he aims to make the wait to prove himself on the biggest stage in his sport worthhile.
“I’m pretty happy, I’m challenging in the MX1 Championships and I want that to be the case still come the end of the season,” he said. “I had an opportunity this year to compete in the World Championships, but it wouldn’t have been right for me.
“If I can have a strong debut year at this level then I can look to compete at the world level and really prove myself properly.
“I had to look at my development long term and being where I am now is a set up I am confident in.
“I’m involved with the best team in the country who give me the best possible guidance.”
That guidance, both from Thorpe and his illustrious backers Red Bull — naming Banks-Browne as one of only three of their motocross in England — has given the Suffolk speedster the solace that his development in the best possible hands.
“It is a massive advantage for me to have the backing and guidance of Dave and also of Red Bull, It is a dream,” he added.
“They understand what it is needed to get results and I am confident with them I can continue to enjoy the success I have and match Dave on the world stage.”