Last weekend the penultimate round of the 2104 MX Nationals took place at the Preston Docks MX track where the MBO Sport ASA Scaffolding Yamaha team sent there full complement of three riders.
A mix up between the event organisers and medical personnel meant that no racing could take place of the first day on the two day event, but the riders rode practice and qualifying on the Saturday, and raced two races on the Sunday.
The sandy track was in good condition with nice sunshine making it a pleasant day for all concerned.
The team’s number one rider, and there only representative in the MX1 class Kristian Whatley was suffering with a cold that was draining his energy throughout the weekend, but dispite that fact he gated third in the first race and moved into second a lap later behind Graeme Irwin.
Just after the halfway point series leader Nathan Watson managed to steal second place away from Kristian who settled for third place at the end of the race behind Irwin and Watson.
In race two Kristian was fourth going round the first turn behind Watson, Elliott Banks-Browne and Irwin, but as the race went on Kristian’s energy levels were dropping allowing Gert Krestinov and Brad Anderson past and ended his race in fifth place.
Kristian had done enough to score third place overall and is now fourth, five points behind the leader Watson going into the last round with it all still to play for.
After racing was over for the day Kristian said, “I have been suffering with a cold all week and wasn’t feeling my best all weekend, so fifth in qualifying was OK. I had a good start in race one and followed the leader Graeme (Irwin) for a while but then suffered a bit of arm-pump and tried to ride safe, smooth and constant finishing third as Nathan (Watson) got me with two laps to go. There was a bit of banging and bumping at the start of race two and I came out of the first turn fourth to Nathan, Elliott (Banks-Browne) and Graeme. I passed Elliott as he slowed a bit, with arm-pump I would think but was pushed back a couple of places towards the end of the race by Gert (Krestinov) and Brad (Anderson). I thought I was riding better in the second race till I started having trouble breathing with this cold. But third overall is not too bad as I am not very good in sand”
The teams other two riders, Lewis Trickett and Carton Husband, in the MX2 class had very different sort of days.
Lewis was running a strong sixth in the first race when he crashed twice, but in the second crash he banged his head and gave himself a slight concussion.
After resting for a while Lewis decided that it would be prudent to sit out the second race and rest.
At the end of the day Lewis said, “I am a bit gutted about the weekend really as from the very start of qualifying I just couldn’t get into a rhythm and struggled to get a fast lap in and ended in seventh place. In the first race I was running good behind Steven (Lenoir) in about fourth place but went down out the back of the course. I picked the bike up and got back into it quite quickly and was back in seventh but feeling like I was riding comfortable and well, but then went a bit sideways off the triple jump and landed off the side of the track but there was a big bank where I was landing and I hit it hard and bumped my head really hard and I think I was a bit concussed. I didn’t start the second race as I felt a bit sick and dizzy”
Carlton had gated ninth in race one and made steady progress to seventh place by the end of the race.
In his second race Carlton was sixth going round turn one and was mixing it with Adam Sterry for a couple of laps and rode the rest of the race at a strong pace to finish fifth for sixth overall.
The team’s next outing will be at the last round of the Maxxis British Motocross Championship at Foxhill near Swindon on the 21st of this month.
1 Nathan Watson
2 Graeme Irwin
3 Kristian Whatley (MBO Sport ASA Scaffolding Yamaha)
4 Elliott Banks-Browne
5 Martin Barr
6 Brad Anderson
7 Ashley Wilde
8 Gert Krestinov
9 Jamie Law
10 John Adamson
1 Ben Watson
2 Adam Sterry
3 Neville Bradshaw
4 Michael Eccles
5 Lewis Tombs
6 Carlton Husband (MBO Sport ASA Scaffolding Yamaha)
7 Matt Burrows
8 Jake Millward
9 Bryan Mackenzie
10 Nathan Dixon