The Phoenix Tools Apico Honda Racing squad basked in glorious sunshine at the second round of the Maxxis British Championship, which was held in front of a healthy crowd. Both Gert Krestinov and Carlton Husband were in action, once again, and eager to improve on their rankings from the first round.
The event started in a positive fashion, much to the delight of all involved, as Gert Krestinov slotted into eighth in the qualifying session and Carlton Husband joined him inside of the top fifteen. Krestinov failed to turn that gate pick into a good start in the first of two motos, however, as he completed the first lap in fourteenth and had a considerable amount of work to do. Seventh was the position that he eventually occupied at the chequered flag, following an impressive charge through the field.
Gert Krestinov had to make progress again in the second moto, but slotted into eighth on lap three and then held that position until the very end. A consistent scorecard gave him seventh overall on the day, which was an improvement over the first round, and also helped him jump to tenth in the championship standings. There are eight points between him and the rider in eighth.
Carlton Husband had a turbulent day, but showed good speed in the first encounter to claim sixteenth. Husband actually spent a majority of the race inside of the top fifteen, before slipping back in the closing stages. A handful of issues, like a collision at the start, left him outside of the points in moto two and in eighteenth overall on the day. It is worth noting that he was third overall in the MX1 Expert category too.
The third round of the Maxxis British Championship will be held at Blaxhall in a little over a week, so the Phoenix Tools Apico Honda Racing team will now turn their attention to that event.
Gert Krestinov: “Canada Heights was okay. In the first race I suffered with pretty bad arm pump, so had to be cautious, and then in the second race I was feeling better and could attack more. The last five laps were really hard though, as I lost all my energy and had leg cramps. But, overall, I enjoyed the event and the track was perfect for racing. I have just got to get stronger and get my good feeling back.”
Carlton Husband: “In the first race I got a terrible start, but in the second corner everyone bunched up on the inside and I managed to come out in around thirteenth. I felt good, until around four laps to go, and dropped back to sixteenth. In the second race I came together with another rider on the start, then really struggled with the track and arm pump. I am not happy with the way that things are going with my riding, but we will keep pushing to get back to where I know I should be. I want to thank the team and everyone who has my back.”