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British Motocross Championship - 26 July 2018
Carlton Husband gets ready for home crowd at Duns for the Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship
Phoenix Tools Apico Honda Racing rider Carlton Husband is preparing for round six of the Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship, which takes place on Sunday July 29 in Duns, Scotland.
Carlton is currently 19thin the British MX1 Championship and third in the British MX1 Expert Championship. The Northerner has been competing in the Maxxis British Motocross Championship for a number of years and has been racing for the Phoenix Tools Apico Honda Team for three years now. Carlton finished 13thduring the 2017 season in the Maxxis and wrapped up his 2016 debut in MX2 in 14thposition.
Carlton is certainly a rider to keep an eye out for this weekend at Duns and is hoping to have extra motivation from his local fans that will trip over the Scottish border to see him. We caught up with Carlton ahead of the Duns race to see how his season has gone so far in the Maxxis British Motocross Championship and how he feels ahead of round six.
You seem to be having a good year in the Maxxis; you’ve enjoyed a few top three finishes. Can you talk us through the first part of the year?
Carlton Husband: “To be honest the start of the year has not been the best for me as I damaged my MCL bad in the off season and had to have some time off, but things are definitely getting way better and I am feeling like myself again.”
You’re currently third in the British MX1 Expert Championship with a 9-point difference from Ashley Greedy and Ross Rutherford. Can you talk us through what your goals are for the Expert Championship for the rest of the season?
Carlton Husband: “The goal for sure is to win that Championship, as it’s something new and the team wanted me to do it.”
You’re racing for the Phoenix Tools Apico Honda Team. How are things with the team and what are your plans & goals for the rest of the season?
Carlton Husband: “I have been riding for the team for three years now and it’s great. Barry Moore is for sure the best team boss in the paddock and always wants what is best for me. We all get on in the team and I am sure I will be riding with them again next year. The goal for the rest of the year is to win the British MX1 Expert Championship and finish top 10 in the British MX1 Championship.”
So, the 2019 plans are set with the Phoenix Tools Apico Honda Team?
Carlton Husband: “We have had a chat about next year and will be sorting things out in the next few weeks.”
Are there any specific areas you’re looking to improve going forwards?
Carlton Husband: “Going forwards I am back training with the RMJ Pro Academy and to be honest it’s great. We have been working flat out the last few weeks and that’s what has played a big part in getting back up to speed and fitness after hurting my knee.”
Looking back to Desertmartin how did it go for you?
Carlton Husband: “Desertmartin was a step in the right direction for me. I finished 10thin the first moto, although I still did not ride the best during the second moto, as I hit the back of Jake Nicholls and went down on the start. I managed to get back up to 13thbefore a little crash that dropped me back a few places in the final race.”
Have you made any kind of special prep for Duns?
Carlton Husband: “I haven’t really made any special prep for Duns, just keep doing what we are doing in the RMJ Pro Academy and keep working.”
With Duns being your closest track in the Maxxis this year, do you think the locals should get behind you and the championship this weekend?
Carlton Husband: “It would be great to see the support of the local people. It’s a great track at Duns and perfect for viewing, so I hope to see you all there.”
Finally do you have any advice for the upcoming youth riders who are looking to compete in the Maxxis one day?
Carlton Husband: “Try your best and surround yourself with good people and also don’t forget to have fun!”
To find out more about the Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship at Duns this weekend head over to www.rhlactivities.com
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