Whatley Is Crowned British Champion

October 10th 2013 | by James Burfield

What a day Kristian Whatley and the MBO Sport Yamaha team had last weekend at the iconic Farleigh Castle motocross track in Wiltshire, for not only did the team clinch the Maxxis British Motocross championship for 2013, but Kristian also displayed what a gutsy talented rider he really is, as after a first turn crash, in race three when another rider took most of the leaders out, Kristian, after calling into the work area to have a broken front brake calliper cut off the crash damaged Yamaha, went from half a lap down, to seventh place without a front brake to take yet another first place overall.

All Kristian had to do was score enough points so Spanish rider Jonathan Barragan couldn’t catch him by the end of the day, but Kristian is a racer, and racers want to win.

Luke Hawkins got the holeshot at the start of race one, but by the end of the opening lap Kristian was already in the lead and spent the rest of the race watching his pit signal board and keeping clear of the rest of the riders.

Ex champ Brad Anderson was second almost twelve second behind Whatley, with Frenchman Nicolas Aubin third, with Barragan struggling with the tacky conditions way down in fourteenth place.

After the first race Kristian said, “I had a great jump on the gate and came across a few people, I know it’s a bit naughty, but I had to do it. I was out the front with Luke (Hawkins) but made my move for the lead after a couple of laps and managed to open a comfortable lead till the end”

All Kristian had to do was finish in the top part of the field to be champion, so once again as Hawkins got his second holeshot of the day, Kristian passed him halfway round the first lap and took his second win of the day and the 2013 Maxxis championship in style.

Matiss Karro put on a spirited charge towards the end of the race but it was too late to catch Kristian.

Barragan finished seventh, his championship hopes over for this year.

The new champion said, “What a relief to do it with a race in hand its unbelievable as I have been fighting for this all year. I have been dreaming about this moment all my life and it’s finally here. The start made it a whole lot easier and I new Luke couldn’t keep up the same pace as me so I just pulled away. When Matiss (Karro) moved into second I just maintained the gap and even pulled away towards the end of the race. After last years session I would have been happy with just one championship, but winning all three of the major national series is unbelievable”

While Anderson and Gert Krestinov battled over the win in race three Kristian but on a display of fast controlled racing, without a front brake that endeared Kristian to the spectators and made the MBO Sport Yamaha Team very proud of there rider and topped off a very successful year for the whole team.


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