HM PLANT KTM UK: MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 5
Testing MX2 weekend in Bulgaria for Banks-Browne and Dunn
In the story of the 2013 FIM Motocross World Championship the Grand Prix of Bulgaria will be a brief and forgettable chapter for the HM Plant KTM UK team. 22,000 spectators crowded the hills of the Sevlievo circuit for the fifth round of seventeen but the British crew were unable to travel back to their UK base without much reward for their efforts.
Elliott Banks Browne had recovered sufficiently from his painful back last week in Italy to be able to attempt the Bulgarian meeting under cloudy skies. Unfortunately a rock would smash his goggles in the first moto causing a crash and a visit to the pitlane for a new pair.
A single point for twentieth was barely a consolation for his perseverance in the second race after failing to mark an efficient pace in the wake of a poor getaway from the gate.
James Dunn faced a daunting task against a field of tapped-out MX2 Grand Prix racers. The British rookie was unable to keep pace with the pack and did not register any points on this occasion.
A long trip back will give the team time to pause and recollect. A fortnight until the sixth Grand Prix of the campaign – at Agueda in Portugal – will allow them to strengthen for two FIM World Championship events in the coming month.
Elliott Banks Browne:
"I had a bad weekend and a bad day today. In the qualifying race I didn't have a good start and then I crashed. I came through but in the end we had a bike failure again. Today In the first race I broke my goggles on the first lap, I tried to take them off and then I crashed again. I tried to come back but I needed to stop for new goggles and finally it was a terrible race for me, just terrible. In the second one I had a very bad start and I don't know what happened but I was riding poorly. I got one point but in the end it was a weekend to forget. I hope that everything changes for the next round in Portugal."