The MBO Sport ASA Scaffolding Yamaha team made the trip northwards to the sandy FatCat Moto Parc in South Yorkshire to take part in round two of the new MX Nationals motocross series where all three team members acquitted themselves well, but each had there own problems throughout the two day event.
The track at FatCat’s is a Marmite sort of a course, you either love it, or hate riding it and none of the teams riders consider themselves sand riders so the weekend was all about scoring good championship points and moving onto the next event.
The team’s number one rider, Kristian Whatley did well in qualifying third in his group behind Gert Krestinov and Graeme Irwin, but ahead of series leader and sand racing specialist Nathan Watson.
Liam Garland qualified in the top ten in the same group with Lewis Trickett was fastest MX2 rider in seventh in the second qualifying group.
In the first race Kristian came round the first turn in third and passed Graeme Irwin for second place on lap four, but by the time the race had reached the halfway stage “arm-pump” had set in and Kristian had to slow his pace and ended the race in a safe third.
Lewis also had his problems in race one as after gating in mid-pack he lost control of his machine and went off the track and into one of the deep muddy puddles beside the track.
Luckily the bike was undamaged and Lewis re-joined the race in an effort to score as many championship points as he could.
Liam, who is still recovering his form from a year off racing through injury was struggling with starts was two places behind Lewis going round the first turn, but on lap four he crashed off one of the big table top jumps and was down and bruised but not badly hurt.
In race two Kristian chased Graeme round turn one and then passed him over the table top down the back straight, but four laps later, and with the dreaded arm-pump returning Gert and Brad Anderson managed to squeeze past him pushing him back to third place.
In the closing stages of the race, Nathan flew past them all to take his second win of the day, as Graeme managed to pass the still suffering Kristian, who had to settle for fourth.
Lewis was having great fun the whole race with some of the countries best MX2 riders as battled with Neville Bradshaw, Bryan Mackenzie and Jason Dougan for the class win.
He ended the race in a creditable thirteenth overall, but third in the MX2 chase.
Liam had a steady ride but was struggling to get going after his crash and ended the race in twenty sixth.
Kristian didn’t get the start he wanted in the third and final pro race of the weekend and as Elliott Banks-Browne led the pack round the opening lap he was down in eleventh place, but going strong.
As the race progressed Elliott had a massive crash out of the lead but Kristian was struggling to make any headway and finished the race in sixth, which gave him fourth overall.
Once again Lewis was mixing it up at the front of the MX2 riders and staying well on there pace, finishing his race in twelfth, but third in class.
Liam had got over his crash and saved his best till last, finishing a fast and furious race in a creditable eighteenth place.
After the weekends racing was over Kristian said, “After some work in the week we managed to get a better set-up for this weekend so ended up in fifth in qualifying which was OK. In the first race I got a good start and led for a while. But I have been suffering from arm pump and finished the race in third. In the first race today I once again got a good start and took the lead halfway round the first lap and tried to open up a gap. But once again the arm-pump came back and I dropped to fourth. I didn’t get the start I wanted in the last race and got hit in the first turn. I took my time passing some of the other riders, but only managed to get up to sixth place. It’s all a bit frustrating really and is a weekend I want to forget”
Lewis said about his weekend, “Qualifying was good as I was the fastest MX2 rider in my group and very close to Bryan Mackenzie who was fastest overall MX2 rider. I started off race one in a good position but lost my front wheel and ended up going into a deep puddle, and that wasn’t to good as I was soaked but luckily the bike didn’t go under the water. I carried on in the race but the damage was done. In race two I had an awesome start and had a great race long battle with Neville (Bradshaw) and Jason (Dougan) and finished third MX2 rider. Got another good start in race three and followed Bryan for most of the race, but I got a bit tired towards the end of the race and Neville managed to pass me so I had another third place”
While Liam added, “I am not that keen on racing here, but the weekend went quite well really. Qualifying went well as I was second MX2 rider in my group but from then on I suffered with starts. I was having a good ride in the first race but went down hard over one of the jumps after about four laps and that was the end of that race. In the first race today I had a terrible start and was pulling through the first for a while till I hit the wall and that was it for that race. The last race was my best, as once again I didn’t get the start I wanted, but was riding strong and working my way forward finishing in sixth MX2 rider. So it’s been an up and down sort of weekend but it’s good to finish on a high”
The next outing for the team will be at The Maxxis British Motocross Championship at Foxhill, just outside Swindon next weekend.
1 Nathan Watson
2 Priit Ratsep
3 Brad Anderson
4 Kristian Whatley (MBO Sport ASA Scaffolding Yamaha)
5 Graeme Irwin
6 Gert Krestinov
7 Ashley Wilde
8 Bryan Mackenzie
9 Neville Bradshaw
10 Tony Craig
11 Jason Dougan
12 Elliott Banks-Brown
13 Shane carless
14 Jordon Booker
15 Patrick Major
16 Stuart Edmonds
17 Matt Moffat
18 Lewis Trickett (MBO Sport ASA Scaffolding Yamaha)
19 Rob Davidson
20 Jamie Law