The MBO Sport ASA Yamaha Team travelled to Lyng, a track just outside Norwich in Norfolk last Sunday to take part in round two of the Maxxis British Motocross Championship.
It was always going to be hard for the team's number one rider Kristian Whatley, because he doesn't feel comfortable racing the sandy hillside track and struggles to get the results he and the team are looking for.
Kristian qualified fifth but slipped to seventh in superpole but that wouldn't be a problem on Lyng's long start straight.
In the first MX1 race Kristian was third going into turn one behind Nathan Watson and GP rider Jake Nicholls, but within three lap's series leader and red plate holder Shaun Simpson had made up from a bad start and was pushing Kristian hard.
As the race reached the halfway stage Shaun and Kristian's racing lines crossed and the two came together with the result of Kristian went down on the sandy track, and Shaun continued on to win the race when early leader Nicholls hit mechanical troubles.
Kristian picked himself up, and in the time left in the race made it back up the field to finish third.
In the second race Kristian misjudged the start and was eleventh at the end of the opening lap.
He just couldn't seem to get going and ended the race in a disappointing ninth place.
The team made some changes to the bike for the third and last race of the day and Kristian who gated forth had a great time racing with Gert Krestinov, Jake Nicholls and Graeme Irwin and finished in fifth place.
All this effort gave Kristian and the team third place overall and reinforces his third place in the championship standings.
After racing was over for the day Kristian said, “Out of all the tracks we ride in this championship Lyng is the one I always struggle at so it's not my favourite and finishing seventh in superpole was about what was expected. In the first race I got a good jump on the gate and was riding a strong second behind Jake (Nicholls) when me and Shaun (Simpson) lines in one of the corners crossed and I went down, but still managed to re-pass some of the other riders for third. In the second I got a real bad start and just couldn't seem to find my rhythm and struggled round to finish ninth but in the last race, even though the track was a lot rougher I felt better on the bike and came home in sixth. I new this weekend and this track wasn't going to be good for me but I am happy to be on the podium and to get it out of the way”
The teams two young racers riding in the MX2 class both had strong day's with Lewis Trickett started and ended race one in eighth place with team mate Liam Garland, who was having his first British Championship race after a year off through injury, just five places behind him.
Despite both riders crashing in race two, and spending most of the race together, they finished a respectable twelfth and fourteenth.
In there last race of the day Liam gated twelfth but faded slightly to sixteenth while Lewis came from sixteenth at the start and ended his race in a strong tenth place.
Overall Lewis was tenth and is now sixth in the championship standings.
After Lewis said, “In the first race I was riding a bit tight and struggling a bit as this is not one of my favourite tracks and lost a couple of places towards the end of the race and ended up in eighth, so it wasn't the end of the world. Race two I was going well in about seventh or eighth but crashed on top of the hill. It took me a while to get back into my rhythm again and when I did I went down again. I spent the rest of the race battling with my team mate Liam which is always fun. In the last, after an average start I crashed again but kept plugging away and ended the race in tenth, for tenth overall and sixth in the championship which can't be bad”
While a philosophical Liam said, “It was nice to race a British championship round as I haven't ridden one since 2012 but I haven't been a big fan of Lyng so coming away with thirteenth, fourteenth and a sixteenth, though I was taken out in the last race which wasn't so good. But I think my speed was good and my race fitness is coming back and this is a good point to build from”
1 Shaun Simpson
2 Jake Nicholls
3 Kristian Whatley (MBO Sport ASA Scaffolding Yamaha)
4 Elliott Banks-Brown
5 Nathan Watson
6 Graeme Irwin
7 Gert Krestinov
8 Brad Anderson
9 Priit Ratsep
10 Matthew Moffat
1 Mel Pocock
2 Matiss Karro
3 Neville Bradshaw
4 Adam Sterry
5 Bryan Mackenzie
6 Ben Watson
7 James Cottrell
8 Lewis Tombs
9 Steven Clarke
10 Lewis Trickett (MBO Sport ASA Scaffolding Yamaha)
13 Liam Garland (MBO Sport ASA Scaffolding Yamaha)
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