MXstore Privateer Spotlight with Daniel Banks
What’s your name and what are your plans for the coming season?
My name is Daniel Banks, I’m 22 years of age and I race for the Davey Motorsports team. I’ve been racing for 16 years, so since I was pretty young I’ve been into it and involved in the sport. My plans for the season would be to complete the whole MX Nationals series, last year I finished every race which was a good achievement for me so just to be consistent and hopefully get up there and improve throughout the season.
What does your weekly routine involve?
My weekly routine involves working full time, It’s a little bit easier now I’m more casual compared to what I used to be. I’m working for Temporary Fence Hire, In march we did the Clipsal 500 and were doing 80-90 hour weeks so it was pretty hard to ride then. Now I can get a days riding in during the week and on the weekends. So it’s basically just working, trying to get a bit of cardio in during the week, after work and in between things and just planning to get to these events is a big thing which takes a lot of effort & time.
What did you have to do to get to this event?
To get to this event, I parked my van in the back of a rail road transport truck on Wednesday night down in Adelaide where I’m based. Jumped in with the truck driver and came over to Melbourne, we got in at about 4:00 in the morning and got a couple hours of sleep. Then i went out to Park4MX and got a bit of riding in. After that I drove down to the Davey Motorsports guys in Somerville, then Friday morning we drove up here to Appin.
What are your goals for the year?
Initially it was a top 10 going off my 12th placing last year I believe I can still do that. After round 1 we realised the 450 class is very stacked this year and is probably the best it’s ever been so if i am inside that top 15 every round and be consistent I’ll be happy. But obviously my goal is to crack the top 10 and just keep working up the field, I feel like I’m the fittest and riding the best I ever have at the moment so I’ve just got to put it all together and get some good starts. Also, I’m racing the South Australian Titles which I won last year in the 450 class so the plan is to try and back that up.
Is there anyone you would like to thank?
Big thanks to the Davey Motorsports crew, those guys transport my bike all around Australia so it allows me to do this series which is really good. Temporary fence hire help me out with working and that obviously gets me to the events as well. McLeod Accessories and all the sponsors associated with the Davey team, Rapid MX Graphics and my family for helping me out!
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