Both Kristian Whatley and Gert Krestinov produced a strong showing at round five of the 2015 Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship, which played out at the sandy Blaxhall circuit in Suffolk. Whatley went 3 – 9 – 7 over the three races to claim third overall, whilst only a problem in the opening moto prevented his teammate Gert Krestinov also featuring up the sharp end as he ended the day with a third and fourth in the closing two sprints.
With the Maxxis series making a long overdue return to the undulating sandy track, the riders arrived to find the circuit in excellent condition ahead of the morning’s qualifying session. Despite the well prepped track and warm weather neither of the Buildabse Honda duo faired particularly strongly in terms of producing a single fast lap. Whatley ended the session the better of the two taking eighth place for his efforts, whilst Krestinov grabbed the last spot inside the top ten.
Race one brought improved pickings for Whatley as he converted the first of his strong starts into a solid third place come the flag. Unfortunately it was a different story for Krestinov who got a stone stuck in his front brake. An unscheduled stop to try and resolve the issue failed to rectify the problem and Gert bravely re-joined the race to cruelly just finish outside the points.
The effects of a great opening race took their toll on Kristain, with his recovering shoulder lacking strength come the second encounter. From yet another lightning start Whatley was forced to ride within his limits due to his lack of recent time on the bike and eventually slipped back to ninth by the time he crossed the line for the final time. Krestinov certainly made amends for his earlier mishap and charged hard to put his Buildbase Honda on the podium in the second sprint to match Kristian’s result from race one.
The third and final encounter of the day saw a similar story play out for Whatley as again he immediately put himself out front before then having to take his injured shoulder into account and ride to a safe and conservative seventh spot. Krestinov rounded out his day with his second convincing showing of the meeting as he placed fourth to sign off what had been a strong set of results for the Buildbase Honda team.
Summing up the day Buildbase Honda MX Team Manager David Thorpe said. “Overall I am happy with the way both riders have ridden, getting Kristain on the podium overall was a bonus and was a good reward for his efforts on what have been a difficult day for him.”
“Gert could have quite easily been on the box too if it wasn’t for the brake issue in race one. In the other two races he has produced perhaps his best riding of the season so far. So all in all it has been a great team effort and a good day at the office for the entire Buildbase Honda squad.”
Whatley added. “To be honest I was surprised to take third overall, but consistency has paid off on a day when almost everyone has had their problems. I now need to concentrate on building my shoulder back up as it is lacking strength especially when the track got real rough in the last two races. Overall it’s been a positive day and was good to be back on the podium at a Maxxis.”
Gert rounded off by saying. “It’s a real shame about race one, but these things happen. I was pleased with my speed and fitness in the last two races and can now be more confident heading into the next round. It was a great track and a good day so I am happy with that.”