A popular British track, Preston Docks, was the setting for the first Michelin MX Nationals round this weekend. The Phoenix Tools Honda trio marched towards the Northern venue with high hopes, after showing impressive speed at the Maxxis British Championship opener a couple of weeks ago.
After qualifying sixth in the premier MX1 class, Gert Krestinov encountered a handful of issues in the first moto. Ultimately his chain came off a little over the halfway point and he was forced to withdraw. Krestinov made twenty passes before that, however, after a mediocre start.
The second moto was much more positive for Krestinov, despite the fact that he had to overcome a poor start again. ‘37’ ended lap one in eleventh, right behind his teammate, but advanced to second by the chequered flag and posted the second-fastest lap whilst working through traffic. The DNF in moto one hurt Krestinov in the overall classification, but he still salvaged eighth overall.
Carlton Husband had a similar day, as the first moto was a turbulent affair. A handful of crashes left him with no points, unfortunately, but he was towards the front again in moto two. After starting on the cusp of the top ten, Husband battled there for the duration and eventually crossed the line in tenth. That gave him fifteenth overall on the day.
The third member of the team, Kathryn Booth, endured a difficult weekend, but eventually secured fifteenth overall. A twenty-third in the third race was a highlight and something to build on at Lyng next weekend. The old-school circuit will, of course, play host to the second round of the Maxxis British Championship.
Gert Krestinov: “A mixed day at Preston Docks. I qualified sixth, but had a clutch issue on the sighting lap in the first race. I rode my spare bike, but then the chain came off after twenty minutes. I got disqualified anyway, but came from tenth to second in the second race. The track was good and rough; I was happy to end the day on a good note."
Carlton Husband: “It was not the best of weeks for me. I just lost a close friend in the week and don’t think my head was in it all weekend. In the first race I had really bad arm pump and then two small crashes, which left me stuck under the bike. In the second race I was a little better, as I got an okay start, but I still was not riding like I know I can. I finished the race in tenth."
Kathryn Booth: “An up-and-down weekend. I crashed on the first lap and could not get back into it, so finished thirty-third. In the second race I finished twenty-fourth after a mid-pack start and kept a good pace, but tired a bit towards the end, then had a twenty-third in the third race with good pace again. Overall there are many improvements to make, so onto round two of the Maxxis British Championship next weekend."
Words: Press Release | Lead Image: Tony Hartman