HM PLANT KTM UK WORLD MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP - GERMANY
British Championship winning squad HM Plant KTM UK steered their FIM Motocross World Championship back on track yesterday at the Lausitzring for the Grand Prix of Germany with Elliott Banks Browne and James Dunn grabbing valuable points in both motos of the thirteenth round of seventeen in the series.
Fortune has not been smiling too kindly on the team in recent events but in some of the toughest racing conditions of the season – 30+ temperatures on both days and with a newly constructed track that was fast, rough and bumpy – 2013 took a turn for the better with the KTM 250SX-F technology.
British Champion Banks Browne was a renewed force after a weekend free from international duty and blazed across the curious temporary layout in deep eastern Germany in both 35 minute and 2 lap sprints. Just to prove that EBB's luck is finally heading in another direction the youngster classified 13th overall with finishes of 13th in the two humid races and in front 16,000 fans. James Dunn posted a scorecard with points in both motos to mark his forward progress in a difficult rookie term. Full marks to '20' for rides to 20th and 16th for 22nd overall.
EBB sits 19th in the MX2 World Championship standings.
HM Plant KTM UK will now drive south to the border and onto the Loket circuit where the Grand Prix of Czech Republic will constitute the first of four remaining dates on the 2013 schedule. More British Championship commitments lie in store throughout August along with Grands Prix in Belgium, UK and Holland.
Elliott Banks Browne:
"We had a better day here in Germany, as we got points in both races. I had two bad starts, as has been happening all year but the speed has not been too bad. I need some more race fitness now because I missed a few motos, but this weekend I felt much better. My team-mate rode well also, so it is a better day for the whole team."
"I'm really happy with my performance this weekend; I definitely took a step forward. I did not have such a good qualifying race but I tried to get the best start that I could today and I ended up with a point in 20th, so I was happy about that and I felt fairly strong at the end of the race. I had a better start in the second moto and I pushed really hard in the beginning and I ended up 16th which was great but I was pretty exhausted as it has been very hot here. Hopefully I can keep on improving as I did this weekend."
Roger Magee, Team Principal:
"Congratulations to both EBB and James today for four consistent points scoring results in difficult conditions, with a challenging circuit and high temperatures all day. Their qualification results yesterday left them with a bit of a mountain to climb but they certainly rose to the challenge and they have now started to show their true potential. We look forward to a good week of preparation in advance of Loket next weekend where hopefully they can get into the top 10 in what is an extremely competitive MX2 class this year."