Buildbase Honda rider Kristian Whatley added yet another national title to his collection as he wrapped up the 2015 Pirelli Masters series with a race to spare at the final round of the championship held at the testing Whitby circuit. An opening win by Whatley was enough for him to claim his latest crown having already arrived at the north-eastern venue with a sizeable advantage over his nearest rival, Ashley Wilde.
Recent rain in the region had left the picturesque track sticky for morning practice, but with sunny weather and blue skies framing the day, conditions dried and improved as the meeting wore on. Knowing he had a job to do, twenty five year old Whatley played it safe during qualifying to secure a top three spot in the MX1 class and to ensure himself a good gate pick for the first of the twenty five minute plus two laps sprints.
Again showcasing the power of the Honda CRF450F, Kristian made a strong start in the race immediately slotting into second place behind Wilde and did not wait long to overpower his main rival. By the end of the opening lap Whatley was out in front and controlling the race. Even when Martin Barr move up into second place before he eventually retired from the race, the Buildbase Honda still managed to maintain a safe gap that he stretched to around fifteen seconds by the time he crossed the line.
With the title in the bag, Whatley went to the gate for race two in a more relaxed mood, but his did not prevent him from grabbing yet another holeshot which has become a regular sight in more recent weeks. Despite this initial advantage Kristian was to surrender the lead midway through the race and whilst he made a couple of charges as the sprint wore on he had to settle for second spot this time out.
However, with the overall on the day and the championship won it proved to be a good outing both for Whatley and the Buildbase Honda team.
Whilst Whatley was wrapping up yet another national title on British soil his super tough Estonian team-mate Gert Krestinov was doing the same in his home country as he sealed the MX1 championship just a week after having an operation to repair his broken collar bone. .
After the meeting Buildbase Honda MX Team Manager, David Thorpe said. “I want to add my congratulations to Kristian and Ryan (his mechanic) for getting the job done today and for bringing home an important national title for both Kristian and the team. Also I want to say a massive well done to Gert too, there is no doubt he is made of tough stuff, winning his own national title just a week after being under the knife. Hopefully both riders can continue their strong form through to the final round of the Maxxis in a couple of week’s time.”
A happy Whatley stated. “It always feels good to win a championship and today was no different especially as I have had my fair share of injuries this year. Let’s hope we can round off the Maxxis in a good way too and then we can start work ready to be even stronger in 2016.”