French MX1 championship leader Milko Potisek will be aiming to take the fight to his fellow countryman Nico Aubin when the opening round of the 2013 Red Bull Pro Nationals kicks off this weekend at Landrake Moto Parc in Cornwall.
Milko, 23, will be enjoying a one-off ride in the UK and Europe’s freshest National MX series and the sand-specialist from Cassel in Northern France certainly has the pedigree to top the podium on his Team 2B Yamaha.
Vice world champion in MX3 in 2011, Milko switched to MX1 in 2012 but a broken shoulder sustained at the start of the season kept him down in the standings. This season he’s come out firing on all cylinders and currently leads the French domestic championship ahead of Sebastien Pourcel.
“I am happy to come and ride in England,” says Milko who has also recorded three podium finishes at the Le Touquet Beach Race and was leading this year’s event when it was red-flagged. “I heard that the Red Bull Pro Nationals is a nice series and the organisers are very welcoming! All the race tracks in England are very well prepped and there is a good level of riders so it will help me prepare for my next French championship round.
“I rode with Nico Aubin a couple of weeks ago at the French champs and I know his speed and the way he rides. I am ready to battle with him. I also rode with Steve Ramon at the Valance International but it wasn’t enough to compare our speed.”
In a change to the 2012 format, this season Pros will race on both days. The weekend will also feature action from the up-and-coming stars of the 2-Stroke Championship and Red Bull Elite Youth Cup where local hero Josh Gilbert from St Dennis in Cornwall is hoping to make a successful leap into the Rookies class.
Last year’s BW85cc champion, the 15-year-old moves up this season to a 250F and knows it’s going to be a challenging season.
“There are a lot of good riders in the Rookies this year and I know it’s going to be a tough year but I’m ready for it,” says Josh, whose dad Andy was a top-flight rider in the 1980s and ’90s. “It’s great that we don’t have to travel far for the first round and the track at Landrake is awesome.”