SCARBOROUGH’S KX-energy trials rider Michael Brown recorded his best result of his career at the fourth round of the 2012 FIM X-Trial World Championships held at the Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad Arena in Madrid, Spain.
Gas Gas UK rider, Michael Brown had been fighting hard to break into the top five territory this year, but in failed to make the important semi-finals in the three previous rounds of the championship.
Having spent most of January and February on a intense training schedule near the Gas Gas factory in Spain, his result in Madrid proved that his time away from the UK was well spent.
The Madrid round of the FIM X-Trial World Championships is always a favourite among the passionate Spanish crowds, and Saturday night was no exception, presenting the Yorkshire rider an important opportunity to impress the crowds.
Michael started the Trial in tremendous style and proved that he meant business by cleaning the opening section of the event, the only other riders capable of achieving this were Toni Bou and Adam Raga; the two best riders in the world.
Michael was tied with factory Beta rider Jernoni Fajardo (SPA) after the qualification heats and as such secured his place in the semi-finals, beating Frenchman Loris Goubian (Gas Gas).
The four sections in the semi-finals saw high marks across the board, but Michael made every mark count and beat Fajardo in the duel lane race to secure fifth in the event, his best result of his career.
Talking after the event Michael said: “It’s such a good feeling to break into the top five, I’ve never done it before, although I’ve had a number of six place finishes.
“The Madrid event is always tough and this was no exception, I have ridden here a few times, and I know, if you fight for every point you can often come out better than you expected.
“I do feel like all the hard work I have put in ver the winter is starting to pay off, and with three rounds left in the World X-Trial championships I am keen to improve on my current standings in the championships.”
Michael is currently seventh in the championships, six marks behind Goubian.
The next event in the 2012 X-Trial World Championships will be held in Palma, Majorca on Sunday evening when Brown will be looking to continue his form.