HM PLANT KTM UK OUT OF LUCK IN ITALY
The fourth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship set in the scenic landscape of the Dolomite mountains north of Lake Garda was not such a pleasurable experience for HM Plant KTM UK as a series of incidents conspired to keep their riders sidelined for the Grand Prix of Trentino.
The compact and hard-pack track in northern Italy proved to be a test too far for Elliott Banks Browne who had crashed while training during the week. The British Champion was limited in his capacity to ride by back spasms on Saturday and despite medical attention was unable to get comfortable to be able to throw his 250SX-F around the small hills for the qualification heat. He now remains a doubt for the Grand Prix of Bulgaria next weekend but together with the team will assess his fitness during the week.
James Dunn was unlucky to miss the time cut in Saturday's pre-qualification session but pushes onwards with his Grand Prix apprenticeship in what is his rookie season at the highest level.
Round five of eighteen will take the British Championship winning crew east and to Sevlievo this week where they will again reset and look to take on the world's best.
Roger Magee, Team principal: "Sometimes situations happen like this in racing and while it is quite hard to believe that we couldn't make the gate for Sunday it is a circumstance we had to accept. Eliott was very unlucky to find that his back couldn't stand up to the rigours of the track, despite an injection to try and loosen the area of his body. We just hope it is something that might clear up sooner rather than later and he can be back and fit asap. James just could not get that fast lap together when it counted but he wont let his small set-back get him down. We'll look to Bulgaria."
1. 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 200 points; 2. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 141 p.; 3. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 128 p.; 4. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 111 p.; 5. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), 107 p.; 6. Romain Febvre (FRA, KTM), 98 p.; 7. Max Anstie (GBR, Suzuki), 98 p.; 8. Dean Ferris (AUS, Yamaha), 89 p.; 9. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 82 p.; 10. Mel Pocock (GBR, Yamaha), 20. Elliott Banks-Browne (GBR, KTM), 31 p.; 33. James Dunn (GBR, KTM), 1 p.