Hawkstone Park is a rough tough old school track that riders either love, or hate, and it was the venue for round six of the 2013 Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship last Sunday.
Kristian Whatley and the MBO Sport Yamaha crew made the trip to the Shropshire track and with hard work and dedication managed yet again another podium finish, this time in third place and acquitted themselves well against a pair of hardened GP runners.
Kristian gated second behind Matiss Karro and was content to follow the Latvian rider while holding off challenges for his position from Spaniard Jonathan Barragan and Gert Krestinov.
In the second half of the race the leading pair, of Karro and Kristian were keeping up such a pace Barragan crossed the finish line almost thirty seconds behind them.
After the race a calculating Kristian said, “I had a good start and followed Matiss round the first turn and we were going a good pace and checked out a bit. We were really pushing it and it’s hard to keep that sort of pace going for the whole race. I dropped of the pace a bit in the last couple of laps to bring it home in a comfortable second”
It was a different story in race two, as with the track roughing up, one racing line was developing, and a good start was more important thaen usual.
Kristian didn’t get such a good start and had to work very hard to come from seventh, ending the race in fifth, behind Karro, Barragan, Brad Anderson and Krestinov, but still scored valuable championship points.
After the race Kristian said, “I didn’t get a very good start, in about eighth or ninth, and seemed to struggle to find my rhythm behind some of the other guys as I just couldn’t see where I was going because of all the roost so wasn’t that happy out there at all. I passed some riders before the end of the race and I have let some of my championship challengers close in on my lead a bit now, but that’s OK”
The on form Karro got his third holeshot of the day at the start of the third and final race from Scott Elderfield and Barragan, with Kristian fourth.
Elderfield crashed out on lap one while Kristian was having great fun battling with Barragan over second, but another rider had crashed under the footbridge and the race was red flagged on the grounds of safety.
The race was declared and Karro was the winner, from Barragan with Kristian close behind him in third.
With racing over for the day Kristian said, “I got a reasonable start in the last race but it took some time to get round Scott, then Jonathan found a way past me. I stayed with him and it looked like he was tiring, but then they red flagged the race, and it is what it is”
Kristian now leads the championship by twenty two points from Barragan going into the last round at Farley Castle in October.
1 Matiss Karro
2 Jonathan Barragan
3 Kristian Whatley MBO Sport Yamaha
4 Brad Anderson
5 Shane Carless
6 Alex Snow
7 Nathan Parker
8 Gert Krestinov
9 Scott Elderfield
10 Ashley Wilde
1 Nathan Watson
2 Steven Lenoir
3 Neville Bradshaw
4 Elliott Banks-Brown
5 Adam Sterry
6 Martin Barr
7 Bryan Mackenzie
8 Graeme Irwin
9 Lewis Tombs
10 Ryan Houghton