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4Four Blog: Elliott Banks-Browne

Motocross! It’s a strange thing, isn’t it? We spend our whole life doing these things – we give up everything! We have to get up early every morning to go training, whether it is raining, snowing, hot or cold, or if we are injured or not, and travel miles every week to find the best tracks to ride. Sometimes we spend hours in a hospital waiting room to get something fixed, just for the sport of motocross. Why do we do this?

For that feeling it gives you when you cross the finish line, and you have beaten everyone. For that adrenaline rush when you line up against thirty-nine other guys that are all trying to get to that corner at the same time. For those split seconds you’re flying thirty-feet in the air without a care in the world. We know the risk every time we throw our leg over that machine, but does that worry us? No, never! People think we are crazy, but we are not – we just love motocross! If you ride a bike, you know.

My life has been about motocross since the beginning, and always will be. I still have fun every time that I ride, and as soon as that stops I think it’s time to park it up. If I didn’t have fun riding and racing, I don’t think I could do what I do. I ride my best when I’m happy, and having fun. This year I’ve been having the most fun ever riding. The team is great, I love the bike, and I’m looking forward to seeing how the season pans out.

It’s been a long off-season, but the racing is here! I had my first race last weekend, which was Landrake. It went okay – it wasn’t what I wanted, but it was okay. I had a problem with my arms during the week. I don’t know if it was training, or from a crash, but I couldn’t ride without getting arm pump, which was a bummer. I probably rode at sixty-percent all day, but came away with fourth overall, which I can’t moan about.

I’ve got three weeks now until the next Maxxis British Championship round, so I will be working really hard to get ready for that. It’s pretty much my home race, so I want to try and put a good show there.

We have more testing on the cards in the next couple of weeks. Testing never stops really. Why stop trying to make things better? We are always looking to improve something to make me feel more comfortable on the bike, and the smallest gains could give you that fraction of a second needed to win a race.

Video:

So, I mentioned in my last blog about doing some training videos, and I had a lot of people messaging me saying that they would be useful. Well, good news, they’re underway, and will be online very soon. If there is anything that you would like to see in them that will be beneficial to you, let me know (@ebanksbrowne) and I’ll try to get them in.

Up Next: MX Nationals, Culham

I’m really looking forward to racing the MX Nationals; it’s a new series and new format, so I’m excited to see how it goes. Culham is a sweet track!

Events: 

So, I have another MX training event coming up on the eighth of April at Moto Land UK. We have five pro trainers there, so if you want to come and check it out, and learn a thing or two, get in touch with MX Training Events and get booked in!

What I’m listening to: 

Right now I’m into a band called ‘Bad Things’ – they’re pretty chilled out. I like to listen to them before a race. Sometimes I listen to tunes before I race, and sometimes I don’t – it just depends on how I’m feeling.

I’m not into heavy metal or anything to get me pumped; I like to be chilled out, forget about everything, and just focus on what I need to do.

That’s about it for now everyone, until next time – keep it real!

EBB #44

MX Vice Editor || 25

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