Although not in his original 2015 schedule, Buildbase Honda rider Kristian Whatley made a surprise and winning appearance at the opening round of the MX Nationals series held at Preston Docks earlier today. The 2014 vice MX1 national champion decided to put his free weekend to good use and to treat the two thirty minute plus two lap sprints at the sandy northern circuit as a good work out for his main focus of going one better in the Maxxis ACU British MX1 Motocross Championship this season.
Despite not taking part in the optional Saturday afternoon initial practice session, the twenty-five-year-old was soon up to speed and topped this morning’s qualifying proper by over half a second from Martin Barr. Whatley’s best lap of just under one minute forty-five seconds came mid way through his nine lap stint and gave him first gate pick for the day’s two mixed class encounters.
If anyone doubted Kristian’s intentions due to his late decision to contest the meeting, they were certainly in no doubt of his speed and commitment as he charged to a virtually start to flag win in the first race with a winnning margin of plus thirty seconds over the next MX1 rider Barr. Never headed over the seventeen laps Whatley was in control throughout and set himself up with a real chance of the overall victory.
Race two ended up being almost a repeat of the earlier sprint with the Buildbase Honda rider again leading the MX1 class from the off right through to the line without really being seriously challenged. This time out Kristian took the flag almost thirteen seconds clear of Brad Anderson. With two race wins, Whatley secured the overall win by ten points from Barr, with Anderson finishing the day a further two points down on the victorious twenty-five-year-old .
Speaking about the day Buildbase Honda MX Team Manager David Thorpe said. “As I have said before, the Maxxis ACU British MX1 Motocross Championship remains our priority, but Kristian thought it would be beneficial for him to race today after the tough day he had at Hilton Park last weekend. I fully supported his decision, and looking at his performance and results today I would say it will have definitley helped his confidence and speed ahead of our next full team outing at Lyng early next month. There is no substitute for that winning feeling, so I hope he can now take that form forward. ”
Fresh from taking to the top step of the podium Whatley added. “It wasn’t in our original plan to be here today, but after last weekend I felt I needed to race again with the next round of the Maxxis still being a couple of weeks away. I was pleased with the way I rode today. I got out front and stayed out of trouble and was able to put in a couple of good motos over a longer race distance which will hopefuly set me up well for Lyng. Being back on top of the box felt good, so overall its been a good day all round.”
Results: MX1 Overall
1: 227 KRISTIAN WHATLEY Race 1 1st-25 Race 2 1st-25 Total points 50
2: 50 MARTIN BARR Race 1 2nd-22 Race 2 4th-18 Total points 40
3: 60 BRAD ANDERSON Race 1 5th-16 Race 2 2nd-22 Total points 38
4: 151A HARRY KULAS Race 1 4th-18 Race 2 3rd-20 Total points 38
5: 704 ASHLEY WILDE Race 1 3rd-20 Race 2 6th-15 Total points 35