Round four of the Red Bull Pro National series took place just outside the lovely seaside town of Whitby in North Yorkshire last weekend and once again Kristian Whatley and the MBO Sport Yamaha team were the ones to beat as yet again Kristian climbed up onto the winner’s rostrum in the number one position.
The weather was kind of strange as while the rest of the country was sweltering in the heat, a sea mist blew up the hill side making the Skelder Bank track slick and tricky while lowering the temperature a considerable amount.
The team were hard at work from the very start of qualifying making those all important small changes that make a good team into a winning team. Kristian said after qualifying, “I didn’t feel too happy on the bike first thing and got a bit annoyed when we had to change things about. I was fourth in qualifying which gave me eighth pick on the gate but I wasn’t really too bothered about that”
Kristian was third into turn one but soon passed Shane Carless before the end of the opening lap, then set about closing the gap on the early leader, Dorren Coutts.
By lap two Kristian had passed Coutts, upped his pace and controlled the race till he saw the chequered flag.
After, he said, “I got a good start, but going into the first turn someone went straight on and took lots of the other riders with them, but I managed to not get involved, and that meant I was second behind Dorren. I wanted to get past him as soon as possible and after I did I put in some hot laps to get away from the rest of the pack. Then it was just pacing myself and maintaining my lead gap. But, with about a quarter of the race to go I fell off, re-mounted still in the lead and came home for the win by a good twenty seconds”
In the second pro race Kristian got another great start and passed Frenchman Milko Potisek by turn three and never looked back as he went on to win by just under ten seconds.
He said after, “I got another good start behind Milko but managed to pass him by the third turn. Then it was just a matter of keeping to my fast lines and managing the gap. When it was up to about ten seconds I was happy and had to be smooth and careful till the end of the race. The track is tricky and hard going with some nasty little bumps and lines that can put you off”
Kristian didn’t get such a good start in the third and final race of the teams weekend, but wasted no time in getting into second place behind the flying Potisek, but he was racing on the edge and finding a way past him would have been risky, so Kristian, with the championship in mind followed him home for a strong second place, but first overall.
A contented Kristian said after racing was finished for the day, “I was about eighth at the start and tagged onto the back of Milko as I new he was going for the lead but as we got to the front I couldn’t find a way past him as he was now using all the same lines as me. So I was second in the race but the overall winner and I have increased my points lead”
The team now have thirty seven points lead over Potisek going into round five at Canada Heights in Kent in two weeks time.
As for the other MBO Sport Yamaha riders, George Baldwin was sixteenth overall in the MX1 class.
- Kristian Whatley (MBO Sport Yamaha)
- Milko Potisek
- Nathan Watson
- Jamie Law
- Nicolas Aubin
- Ross Rutherford
- Jack Brunell
- Tony Craig
- James Dobb
- Shane Carless
- Neville Bradshaw
- Steven Lenoir
- Martin Barr
- Bryan Mackenzie
- Steven Clarke
- Matthew Moffat
- Lewis Tombs
- Jake Millward
- Graeme Irwin
- Matthew Bayliss