Krestinov unlucky in Switzerland

August 08th 2016 | by Lewis Phillips

Gert Krestinov and the Phoenix Tools Honda squad made the long trip to Switzerland this past weekend, in order to compete in another round of the FIM Motocross World Championship. Things did not quite go as well as they have in previous weeks, however, as a crash caused ‘37’ to withdraw from the event.

Sunday may have not gone to plan, but Krestinov got off to a great start on the Saturday. He adapted to the all-new circuit with ease and, after posting competitive times in practice, finish twenty-sixth in the MXGP qualifying race. That gave him a good gate pick for the following day, especially as the Frauenfeld-Gachnang start straight was one of the fairer ones on the calendar.

A freak-mechanical issue left Krestinov at a disadvantage immediately in moto one on day two of the event though and then things went from bad to worse. A crash left him with a painful neck, so he immediately returned to the paddock in an attempt to seek medical attention. It was eventually determined that he had just damaged muscles and ligaments, so he’ll be able to continue racing at the highest level.

Gert Krestinov: I had a decent Saturday and warm up, where I ended seventeenth, so I was inside the top twenty. That was pretty good in a stacked field like this, so I was expecting the races to be good. Unfortunately, my bike started to malfunction on the first lap of the first race and then I ended up having a crash. I hurt my neck pretty bad. I had to get some scans done and at first they found out I had cracked it, but later on a specialist had a look and said it is just muscles and ligaments so I can continue racing.”

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