FORGETTABLE CZECH AFFAIR FOR KTM UK
Just a week after their FIM Motocross World Championship seemed to be fully back on track HM Plant KTM UK were again snubbed by lady luck as the crew left the hillside Loket circuit and the Grand Prix of Czech Republic ruining missed opportunities.
Both Elliott Banks Browne and James Dunn found MX2 points elusive as a combination of ill fortune and mistakes conspired towards a fruitless fourteenth outing of the series.
Loket provided a new start straight and several new jumps but it was still hard for passing, tricky for traction and difficult to make up time and positions due to the close lap-times.
British Champion Banks Browne weathered a warm and stuffy qualification heat on Saturday and promising signs were plentiful with a great start and slot near the front of the leaderboard in the opening laps of the first moto. EBB then crashed and badly scraped one side of his torso which set the tone for the afternoon and he could not reach the chequered flag despite a brave attempt at the second sprint.
James Dunn was perky Saturday afternoon in the wake of the best qualification run of his maiden grand prix campaign. The rookie took 14th spot and was prepped for the 35 minute and 2 laps dashes on Sunday. A mistake by the British youngster would lead to a glitch on the KTM that eventually forced him into the pits. He also hit the dirt again later in the day for a glum culmination to the weekend.
HM Plant KTM UK will have to get their British Championship mindset in place for the penultimate appointment in their national series at Hawkstone Park next week. The Grand Prix circus then reconvenes at Bastogne in Belgium on August 18th.
Elliott Banks Browne: "I was coming from a big momentum from the last Grand Prix but on Saturday I struggled with my lap times. Finally I made an OK qualifying race and I had an reasonable gate pick on Sunday. In the first race I made a very good start coming from the inside, I was in fifth and I came down on one of the hills three laps in and I landed on my side. In the second race we had more trouble; so overall a very very bad day. I just want to go back home and try to get my head right and try to get back for the last three GPs and do what I can. I felt good today riding at the front even if it was for only a few laps, which is where I think I should be but I haven't been able to do that at all, it's unfortunate, but it's racing."
James Dunn: "I had the best qualifying race for me this year in 14th; I had a really good start, and I've been learning a lot and finally things came together. I had a good gate pick but unfortunately I struggled a little bit with a few crashes and few bike problems in the first race and in the second one I had another crash. It wasn't a great day but I took a lot from Saturday qualifying race and now I'm looking forward to next round."