Elliott’s eyeing world stage

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MOTOCROSS sensation Elliott Banks-Browne has his sights on making his mark on the world stage after winning his first senior British title.

The 21-year-old from Bury St Edmunds is eager to move into the FIM MX2 World Championships after being crowned 2011 British Red Bull Pro National MX2 Champion at the weekend.

His maiden series victory for Pulse Racing DB Honda incredibly came despite ignoring medical advice to not race with a broken wrist for last half of the season.

Banks-Browne, a former pupil at St James’ Middle School in Bury, said: “It is an awesome feeling to have won my first British championships and it has not really sunk in yet.

“I came so close last year, I was just seven points out, and I put so much effort in this year with my team and I am so happy to have eventually won.

“I broke my wrist six weeks ago and have been in a cast for two weeks and I came into the final round not knowing how I would do and I did pretty well and won the championship.”

In Banks-Browne’s third season in the Red Bull Pro Nationals he won every race in the first three rounds to build up a commanding lead but his wrist injury, incurred on his bike, saw a dip in results which left it all hanging on the final round at Culham Park, near Oxford.

But despite a slow start, a fifth place finish on the first race ahead of nearest rival Mel Pocock was enough to secure the title going into the final race, in which he finished third to win the championship by 27 points.

Banks-Browne, who also attended Finborough School, near Stowmarket, said: “I cut the cast off on Tuesday to get some movement back on it.

“I have not been able to ride my bike at all and it has been tough but all the hard work paid off.

“Next year hopefully I will go into the World Championships and compete all over Europe and defend my title in England.

“I am just talking to some teams about next year and I want to break into the World Championships.”

The weekend was extra special with the young rider’s grandfather John Banks, a five times British champion who was once ranked second in the world, watching with his father Ian Browne, his mechanic.

Banks-Browne, who has been professional for five years, will secure second place in the Maxxi British Motocross Championships regardless of whether he makes a late decision to ride in the final round at Hawkstone Park in Shropshire on Sunday.