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Geartec team quits pro racing

The Geartec team is to halt pro-level racing. The squad’s boss Paul Mason, which had Elliott Banks-Browne and Luke Burton on its books in 2020 after switching from Husqvarna to Honda, revealed the news on New Year’s Eve.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic which saw the British championship axed in 2020, EBB didn’t race but Burton dropped back to the AMCA series and took the title. The squad has been selling off the 2020 bikes and kit in recent weeks.

There is no news yet on future plans for Banks-Browne or Burton.

The statement from Geartec boss Paul Mason said: “Just like to say a massive thank you to all the people who have helped us on our journey the last few years with the motocross team, it’s been a rollercoaster to say the least. I’ve met so great people along the way and a fair few ringos but more importantly made some good friends. EBB as been a pleasure to work with and a good friend who has to be the most naturally talented riders out there, Luke Burton has the heart of a lion and a true gentleman. Luke Norris and family brilliant people – Ray Rowson is funny as fu*k always makes me smile.

“A massive thank you to Nick Owen for all the hard work and effort which has never faltered. Ron Hob taught me so much and is a top friend. And the biggest thank you to my Lynsey and Lewis for putting up with me and allowing me to do what I love.

“With a heavy heart it’s time to bow out of a sport I always loved at the top level. People who know how much goes in will understand, on to the next chapter keep twisting guys. Geartec out…”

As we never got to see EBB racing the Honda, here’s the pre-season film we made before Covid hit…