The excitement grew as the MBO Sport Yamaha team, headed by there number one racer, Kristian Whatley made there way down the M4 to one of the most famous GP tracks in the country, the legendary Foxhill circuit, just outside Swindon in Wiltshire.
It’s a fast hard pack circuit with some massive hills, awesome jumps attracted lots of the top riders from all over the world for round five of the Maxxis British Motocross Championship.
Kristian was in his element as when racing had finished for the day he climbed onto the top step of the winner’s podium for the very first time in his racing career and launched himself and the MBO Sport Yamaha team into the lead of this the main British championship.
The sun shone all weekend and the crowds turned up in there thousands to see a great days racing and Kristian made his intentions clear from the drop of the gate in the first MX1 race as he passed the fast starting Mattis Karro before the end of the opening lap and maintained a reasonable gap until, with three laps to go, he upped his pace as Karro tired to take the first race win by almost ten seconds.
Championship leader before the event, Tanel Leok had an unlucky crash on the first lap and broke his collar bone and looks like he will be out of action for a while.
After the race Kristian said, “I know Tanel went out hurt in the race, and I am now leading the championship, but I try not to think or worry about that and just ride my own races as it’s a long season and I could get hurt to. I had a good pace and was on it straight away, though Matiss was pushing me for the first two thirds of the race but I guess he got tired as I managed to gap him going to the flag”
Race two didn’t go quite to plan as Kristian gated fourth but found it hard to close on the leaders and with the championship in mind he kept an eye on anyone closing in on him from behind and came home in a comfortable fourth place.
He said after, “I kept making to many mistakes in race two and was struggling to find my lines, so I played it smart and safe and settled for fourth place as there were a lot of people getting hurt out there”
The organisers for this round run the combined MX1 and MX2 race at the end of the day with the top twenty from each class transferring to the slightly longer race.
Kristian sneaked up the inside of the riders going into turn one and, once again followed the leader Karro round the opening lap with ex-champion, Brad Anderson having his best ride of the weekend in his wheel tracks.
As the time wound down Mattis, who was recovering from an injury, tired allowing Kristian to catch and pass him with three laps to go to take his second win of the weekend and first overall.
A happy Kristian said after racing had finished for the day, “I got a mediocre start in the last race but kept it pinned into turn one. I think Matiss got tired again in the race, but fair play to him he was going very well considering the time he has had off injured”
Kristian will now carry the red series leader number plate going into round six in Desertmartin Northern Ireland on the 23rd of this month.
Picture By Haggis Hartman