Jordan Moxey was ruled out of the first Maxxis British Championship round earlier this month, but the Geartec Husqvarna squad returned to full-strength this past weekend. The trio marched into the sandy venue of Preston Docks for the Michelin MX Nationals opener.
The weekend got off to a solid start for the youngest member of the team, Moxey, as he was competitive in the Expert MX2 division. He secured the sixth gate pick for the motos that would be run throughout the weekend. His teammates, Elliott Banks-Browne and Luke Norris, showed similar speed in their respective classes, posting the fourth and seventh-fastest times.
The first of two motos got off to a solid start for Banks-Browne, as he rounded the first turn on the cusp of the top five. ‘44’ then wasted no time at all and advanced to second by the end of the opening lap. After setting the fastest lap of the race, much like he did at Culham, he jumped into the lead and began to establish an advantage. Arm pump struck towards the end of the thirty-minute moto though, so EBB was forced to back it down and settle for third.
Banks-Browne was, unfortunately, luckless at the start of the second moto, as he got caught up in a crash in the first turn. He was not to be deterred though, despite the fact that he was dead last. EBB made thirty-two passes during the moto and eventually crossed the chequered flag in sixth, which gave him fourth overall on the day.
Meanwhile, in the MX2 class, Luke Norris showed great speed and potential on the rugged circuit. ‘173’ secured a brilliant fifth in the first moto and set the third-fastest lap. The second MX2 encounter was a little more turbulent, however, as a mediocre start and puncture left him with a lot of work to do. Although the odds were stacked against him, Norris still pushed through and captured seventh place. That was enough for seventh overall on the day.
Jordan Moxey was confident that he could build on the speed that he showed in qualifying in the Expert MX2 class, but some small mistakes restricted him in the motos. An eleventh in the fourth and final race was his best result of the weekend and left him sixteenth overall, when combined with the eighteenth, fourteenth and sixteenth that he achieved in the first three races.
The Geartec Husqvarna squad will be back in action this weekend, as the second round of the Maxxis British Championship will be held on the old-school circuit of Lyng.
Elliott Banks-Browne: “Preston Docks was pretty good. It is a track that I have not had a lot of luck on in the past and I have never really gelled with it. All in all though, it was decent enough. We can take a lot of positives away from it.”
Luke Norris: “I was really happy with my riding in the first race, as I brought it home in fifth! I struggled in race two, with a poor start and front puncture from the beginning, but managed to salvage a seventh for seventh overall. The points are all really close and I’m looking forward to round two already!”
Jordan Moxey: “The first round of the MX Nationals just did not go to plan for me. I qualified seventeenth, which was okay, but I just did not get a clean lap in. I knew I could have done a much better lap. In the races I rode really tight and had silly little crashes, so just didn’t ride the way I know I can. I just felt really rusty, because I haven’t raced in a long time, so I was definitely nervous and riding too cautious. No excuses; I’ll be better at the next one.”
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