HM PLANT KTM UK MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP - FINLAND
Dunn shows promise in Finland
A hard stint across Sweden, Latvia and Finland for three Grand Prix in a row has brought little in the way of fortune or joy for HM Plant KTM UK. The twelfth round of seventeen in the FIM Motocross World Championship drew the team to Hyvinkää, north of Helsinki, and a rough and tight sandy track.
Elliott Banks Browne came to Finland searching for fitness and confidence. The British Champion had been suffering with illness after the outing at Kegums in Latvia and the physical demands of Hyvinkää were a step too far for '44'. He struggled through to 20th position in the first moto in reasonably hot conditions and watched by 23,000 spectators. EBB started the second race in attempt to try and gain more points but on an even bumpier and churned surface faced insurmountable odds and was forced to retire.
Also unlucky in Finland was James Dunn. The Grand Prix rookie was off the pace on Saturday but ploughed through the first moto with a modified and better set-up for his 250SX-F. The teenager just missed out on the points with 23rd place. Dunn's second outing was initially the bright point of the weekend as a bright start and determined approach saw him reach as high as 12th spot at one stage of the 35 minutes and 2 laps. Before he could start to consider a personal best race finish in his maiden season, mechanical gremlins scrambled his effort and the Brit had to limp back to the paddock.
HM Plant KTM UK now start the long haul back through Europe to their British base and a brief respite from international duty with the Grand Prix of Germany not occurring until July 28th with a newly formed temporary track inside the Lausitzring complex.
Elliot Banks-Browne: "This weekend has been bad again. I have been really sick all week and I have run out of energy. I had to visit the doctor after the first race, but after five minutes of the second one I had no energy again. I go home now and hopefully I'll get checked out and see if there is something wrong because I normally don't feel like this."
James Dunn: "The GP of Finland was another tough challenge; I ended up 29th in qualifying because we did not have the correct settings for such a rough track. The first race on Sunday was a little bit better but I did not have a great start and I carried on struggling and ended up 23rd which wasn't too bad. I had a better start in the second race. I had really good first laps and I got up to twelfth. I'm really happy about that but unfortunately I had a bike problem and couldn't finish the race. It was a tough weekend and I'm looking forward to Germany."
1.1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 50 points; 2. Dean Ferris (AUS, Yamaha), 40 p.; 3. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 38 p.; 4. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 30 p.; 5. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, Honda), 26 p.; 6. Harri Kullas (FIN, KTM), 25 p.; 7. Petar Petrov (BUL, Yamaha), 25 p.; 25. Elliott Banks-Browne (GBR, KTM), 1 p.; 33. James Dunn (GBR, KTM),0 p.
MX2 World Championship:
1. 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 592 points; 2. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 441 p.; 3. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 383 p.; 4. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), 343 p.; 5. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 326 p.; 6. Dean Ferris (AUS, Yamaha), 313 p.; 7. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 292 p.; 8. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Kawasaki), 259 p.; 9. Max Anstie (GBR, Suzuki), 252 p.; 20. Elliott Banks-Browne (GBR, KTM), 69 p.