The MBO Sport ASA Scaffolding Yamaha team suffered a major blow last weekend as there number two rider, the young up and coming Lewis Trickett crashed his MX2 Yamaha at round four of the Maxxis British Motocross championship at Canada Heights, in Kent and dislocated his knee and is now in hospital.
In the MX1 class Kristian Whatley had three hard strong rides and finished the day on the third step of the winner's podium behind Shaun Simpson and Jake Nicholls, both GP riders.
The sun was shining and the organising Sidcup club had done an excellent job on preparing the venue and the sandy track for what turned out to be a very exciting event.
Kristian third fastest in qualifying and superpole which gave him a very good pick on the gate, while Lewis was fourth in his MX2 group but didn't register a time in superpole.
At the start of race one Kristian gated well in fourth place but struggled for four laps to find away past the fast Graeme Irwin. By the time he managed to pass the two leaders, Shaun and Jake were to far ahead for Kristian to catch them in the time remaining in the race, so he settled for a comfortable third place and saved some energy for battles later in the day.
Kristian made a mistake going into turn one at the start of race two and stalled the Yamaha's motor relegating himself to the back of the pack and had to battle his way back up through the pack and eventually finished sixth.
In the third and final MX1 race of the weekend, as Shaun again got the holeshot, Kristian was third behind Gert Krestinov as they rounded the first turn.
Gert was riding a good fast race and it took Kristian until two laps from the end of the race to find a way past speeding Estonian.
Kristian closed rapidly on the leader Shaun, but run out of laps to affect a pass and ended the race less then a second and a half behind.
After racing was finished for the day Kristian said, “The bike was OK in qualifying finishing third, and again third in superpole. I didn't get such a good start in the first race as the bike has so much power it just kept doing wheelies up the start straight. I slotted in behind Graeme in fourth, but it took me some time to find a way past him, and by that time the two leaders were well gone and uncatchable in the laps remaining so I settled for a comfortable third place. In the second race I had a good start but went into the first turn too hot and ended up stalling the motor and going back to last. I managed to finish the race in sixth, which wasn't too bad as I was happy with my pace and riding and the bike set-up was better as the team made some suspension tweaks before the start. I gated about sixth in the last race and had a good dice with Gert (Krestinov) for third place. I was doing all I could to get past him and fell off down the bottom of the track and lost about ten seconds on him. I got going again and managed to pass him and close on the leader Shaun (Simpson) but run out of laps before I could find a way past”
In the first MX2 race Lewis gated well and came out of turn one in seventh place. He spent the next couple of laps in a great battle with the on form Ben Watson, till Ben managed to pull away from Lewis who later passed Adam Sterry and Michael Eccles ending the race in fifth place.
Lewis gated thirteenth at the start of race two and was running strong when he crashed out.
He explained what happened while laying in agony at the side of the track, “I went into the turn at the bottom of the track and got my foot caught in a rut on the exit. This pitched me sideways going into the first bump in the rhythm section, and that put me over the bars and hard into the ground”
The next morning, vie FaceBook Lewis posted, “I dislocated my hip in the crash yesterday, she was out for 8 hrs before they managed to get it back in last night so yesterday was a sore one! I have to have more scans today to check their is no bone fragments left in the ball joint, if their is then I need further surgery if not I'll be back on the road to recovery. I'll heal up and be back stronger. Thanks to everybody helping and supporting me this year, and Jon Giffard, I never knew you could run so fast haha”
The next appearance of the team will be at the MX Nationals at the end of the month.
1 Shaun Simpson
2 Jake Nicholls
3 Kristian Whatley (MBO Sport ASA Scaffolding Yamaha)
4 Brad Anderson
5 Graeme Irwin
6 Gert Krestinov
7 Shane Carless
8 Alex Snow
9 Priit Ratsep
10 Jamie Law
1 Mel Pocock
2 Matiss Karro
3 Ben Watson
4 Neville Bradshaw
5 Bryan Mackenzie
6 Steven Clarke
7 Michael Eccles
8 Steven Lenoir
9 Jordan Booker
10 Adam Sterry
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