It was a local event last weekend for the MBO Sport ASA Scaffolding Yamaha team as they went to round five of the MX Nationals series at the iconic Canada Heights circuit next to the M25 in Kent.
The team decided to put there number one rider Kristian Whatley though a physical challenge over the two day meeting for not only was he riding his usual three race MX1 event, but he was also entered in the four race two-stroke series on a YZ 250 Yamaha.
But as usual Kristian threw himself into the challenge and won six out of his seven races, and he also finished second in the other when all those hours on the track started to take its toll.
In the first MX1 race, the only one on Saturday, Kristian got the holeshot and was never really challenged for the lead taking the win by almost nine seconds from long time rival Brad Anderson.
In race two, the first on Sunday, Kristian was this time beaten into turn one by Anderson and his team mate Elliott Banks-Browne, but within a couple of laps Kristian found a way past the non-race fit Banks-Browne and set off after Anderson.
With four laps to go Kristian squeezed past Anderson and cruised to his second MX1 win of the weekend, almost eight seconds clear of Anderson and Graeme Irwin.
Once again in the last MX1 race of the weekend Banks-Browne and Anderson managed to get into turn one in front of tiring Kristian and while he struggled to find a way past Banks-Brown, Anderson was opening up a bit of a gap whilst in the lead.
With three laps to go Kristian stalled the Yamaha which may have cost him the win and a clean sweep of his races, but after restarting the bike he managed to hold onto second place gaining him the overall win and has closed the gap on series leader Nathan Watson.
After the event Kristian said about his weekends work, “Qualifying was good for me although second I was very close to Nathan (Watson) for second gate pick. Using the 250 two-stroke in the two-stroke races where you make more gear changes per lap than the four-stroke helped me use the gears better in the MX1 races, and after gating second behind Brad (Anderson) in the first race I managed to find some new lines and get past him for the win. I was third into the first turn in my second race and had to find a way past Elliott (Banks-Browne) quickly so Brad, who had had the holeshot didn't get away. I managed to catch and pass him with about four laps to go for my second win of the weekend. I lead going up the start straight in the last race, but Brad and Elliott managed to get up the inside of me in the first turn. I took to long to get past Elliott and by that time Brad, who has been riding well all week, was in his rhythm and long gone. I tried to close the gap on him, but the settled for watching that Nathan didn't get past me for those extra important championship points”
In the two-stroke races Kristian got all four holeshot's and notched up all four race wins with wining margins varied from eight seconds to one minute and ten seconds to totally dominate the class.
Steve Bixby and Damon Strydon joined Kristian on the winner's podium in second and third places, but really didn't get a hint of a win.
Kristian said from the podium, “It was the boss's idea of me racing the two-stroke as well and I think he wanted to knacker me out. I rode a two hour enduro in the week and along with the seven races this weekend my hands are all blistered up. But it was good fun on the two-stroke as I got four holeshot's and four wins”
It was a successful weekend for Kristian and the team whose next outing will be next weekend at round seven of the Maxxis British Motocross Championship at Cusses Gorse just off the A303 Amesbury road.
1 Kristian Whatley (MBO Sport ASA Scaffolding Yamaha)
2 Brad Anderson
3 Nathan Watson
4 Graeme Irwin
5 Jamie Law
6 Martin Barr
7 Tony Craig
8 Gary Gibson
9 Patrick major
10 Shane Carless
1 Steven Lenoir
2 Bryan Mackenzie
3 Neville Bradshaw
4 Rob Davidson
5 Lewis Tombs
6 Jordon Booker
7 Luke Norris
8 James Harrison
9 Jake Millward
10 Marcus Nilsen
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