Last weekend the MBO Sport Yamaha team along with its number one rider, Kristian Whatley travelled to the seventh and final round of the 2013 Red Bull Pro Nationals at the Thames river side track at Culham in Oxfordshire.
Once again Kristian and the team were in unbeatable form by being fastest in qualifying, winning all three of the Pro races and taking another first overall in the MX1 class.
This means from the seven round series Kristian and the team have won every round and on the way to that achievement have also won fifteen out of a possible twenty one races.
After Saturdays qualifying Kristian said, “Qualifying was good as I managed to get a hot lap in early that gave me the fastest time. We changed a couple of things after like stiffening up the rear shock a bit so it didn’t flow through so much”
Kristian didn’t get such a good start in race one, but within seven laps he was in the lead and heading for his first win of the weekend.
He said after, “
In the first race I didn’t get such a good start as the bike hocked up so well off the start line the front came up a bit and ending up about tenth round the first lap. I took my time passing the other riders and managed to pass Graeme (Irwin) and Scott (Elderfield) before the halfway point. From then on I just stuck to my lines for the win”
In race two, the first on Sunday, Kristian was back to his usual fast starts and passed the ex British champion Brad Anderson on the opening lap to take the lead from Irwin on lap six to notch his second win of the weekend.
A happier Kristian said after the race, “I had a better start in race two and tagged onto the back of Graeme (Irwin) at the end of the opening lap. I didn’t want to let him go as it would have been harder to real him in compared with staying with him. When I felt settled I made the pass for the lead, but Graeme came back at me and I had to get round him again a short time later. I pushed on hard for a couple of laps to open up a bit of a lead, then paced myself to maintain the gap for the win”
In the final race of the session Kristian really hooked up the MBO Sport Yamaha out of the start gate, but a slight mistake let Irwin slip by him into the lead in the first turn.
The more mature Kristian then just waited for the lead of the race to come back to him as he suspected, rightly so, that Irwin would tire and lose some race pace.
On lap eight Kristian pounced taking the lead and the third race win of the weekend, and the overall.
After racing was over for the day Kristian said, “I had a mega start and was well ahead going up the start straight but went a bit deep into the first turn letting Graeme (Irwin) past me. I let him go as I had an idea that he would tire so I paced myself and came back at him when I could see that he was making some mistakes and passed him for the win”
Now Kristian is in hard training for the last round of the Maxxis British Motocross Championship in less than two weeks time on the 6th October.
1 Kristian Whatley (MBO Sport Yamaha)
2 Graeme Irwin
3 Gert Krestinov