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June 14, 2011

DB Racing – Redbull Pro

After a brief break in the domestic schedule, and a successful trip to France for a World Championship Round, DB Racing Honda headed north to Whitby and returned to action at round 3 of the Red Bull Pro Nationals with Elliott Banks-Browne looking to increase his lead at the head of the championship and James Cottrell, who was hoping to post some good results.

Qualification kicked off the day’s action and EBB soon found himself at home on the jumpy circuit and set the fastest MX2 lap time by over 2 seconds, and it was also the third fastest lap in the combined MX1/MX2 class results, just 0.216 seconds off of first place. James meanwhile was in 13th place in the MX2 group.

Race 1 started well with EBB inside the top 5 and he soon moved up and was hot on the heels of the two leaders, both of which were in the MX1 class, but then he suffered a small mistake and slipped back but he managed to regain focus and pull away from 4th place to take a comfortable 3rd across the finish but more importantly, the MX2 class win. James was down in the battles of the mid pack through the race and ended up 14th in MX2.

Elliott got another good start in race 2 but rain showers between the moto’s had made the track incredibly slippery and it made trying to compete against MX1 bikes near impossible, but he battled on and managed to keep upright and bring home a 5th place, and another win in MX2. James had another ride like his moto 1 effort but this time he went one better and took 13th place.

Elliott’s two wins gave him the MX2 overall on the day and he retains his 100% win record in this seasons championship, and James’ results placed him 14th on the day and he has now moved upto 20th in the championship.

Reflecting on the days success EBB had this to say ‘ It’s been another good day for us, it all started well in qualifying. I was clear fastest MX2 rider and 3rd overall with the MX1’s, so that was mega. In the first race I got a pretty good start, I was 4th then moved up and followed the leaders, I caught them and was racing with them for about 5 laps then I started to get arm pump and made a small mistake, where I crashed and lost a bit of time, but I was trying to nurse my arm pump all the way and settled for 3rd, so I was pretty happy with that. In race 2 I got a decent start, but the rain had made the track super super slippery and it was so hard on the MX2 bike to get the power down to keep up with the MX1 riders but I ended up 5th overall and won the MX2 again, so I’m happy with the day and going 1-1 again, just a little disappointed that I couldn’t have been a bit higher overall.’






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