Team GB freestyle BMX athlete and Suzuki rider Declan Brooks marked a stunning return from injury last weekend, taking third place in the FISE Chengdu BMX World Cup event in China.
Brooks was competing in his first event since breaking his tibia and fibula earlier in the year, and had set himself the target of making it into the top-12 and the final. However, he went on to finish on the podium in third.
Brooks - who swapped pedal power for a GSX-S125 when he passed his CBT earlier in the year alongside Buildbase Suzuki’s Bradley Ray - said, “After the year I have had and the injury I thought I’d be stoked just to make the finals; it’s 12 of the best guys in the world battling for the top spot. So I definitely exceeded my expectations to finish third, which is pretty awesome.”
Alongside BSB hotshot Ray, Brooks will be at Motorcycle Live on Tuesday 20 November and a guest of James Whitham on the main stage, ready to talk about getting on a different form of two wheels and learning to ride a motorcycle with a BSB race-winner, how it compares to the day-job, and will even teach Ray a trick or two.
He continued, “When I get back to the UK it’s Motorcycle Live, which I’m looking forward to, and I’ll be trying the SV650 for size as I’m also aiming to pass my theory and the next part of my bike test, too.”
Both Brooks and Ray passed their CBTs using the GSX-S125 and GSX-R125 machines, both of which feature on Suzuki’s forthcoming Motorcycle Live promotion and sees the pair available with a £500 customer saving and the choice of a year’s free servicing or £250 to spend in store.