Report: Phoenix Tools Honda

Gert Krestinov breaks through.

Gert Krestinov breaks through.

The Phoenix Tools Honda squad travelled to the second Maxxis British Championship round, Lyng, with momentum on their side, following some strong rides seven days prior. Krestinov put that to good use too, as he claimed the best results that the team has ever had.

Gert Krestinov showed speed immediately, as he recorded the fourth-fastest time in qualifying. His time was less than a second slower than the rider who sat on pole position too. Carlton Husband, his teammate, was restricted to nineteenth in the session, as his chain snapped.

Krestinov could not quite turn that qualifying time into a great start in the first of two motos, as he ended lap one on the cusp of the top ten. An intense battle ensued immediately; he duked it out with those around him and started to claw his way towards the top five. ‘37’ was as high as sixth at one point, but lost out on that position on the final lap and had to settle for seventh place.

The final MX1 moto got off to a brilliant start for Krestinov, as he made some quick moves on lap one to take the early lead. Once out front he had to deal with a considerable amount of pressure from a pair of former race winners, but he responded to that and managed to pick up the pace again. Krestinov showed great composure out front and held on to claim the moto win by just two seconds. When combined with his finish from the first moto, Krestinov was left in third overall on the day.

Carlton Husband had an extremely difficult day, as he crashed early on in both races. Husband just missed out on the points in moto one, with a twenty-first, and then found himself a little further back in moto two. The third member of the team, Kathryn Booth, was in a similar position, as she finished twenty-ninth and thirtieth in the MXY2 motos.

Gert Krestinov: “Qualifying was good on the very fast track, as I managed to get the fourth gate pick. I wasn’t too pleased with my first race, as my start didn’t go very well. I came from tenth to sixth, then the last few laps I couldn’t pass [Kristian] Whatley and ended up riding in his pace. A few corners from the finish [Harri] Kullas passed me. The second race was really good, as I got the lead on the first lap and managed to keep it until the end. It wasn’t easy, as I had the guys breathing down my neck for the whole race. I’m really happy with my first race win and third overall on the day."

Carlton Husband: “First of all, a big well done to my teammate on a great win in the second moto and third overall. My weekend was a disaster with my chain snapping in qualifying, and then in both races I was involved in first-turn incidents. That totally messed both my races up. Big thanks to the team for the effort they put in and hopefully it will come good in the next few rounds."

Kathryn Booth: “I went into the weekend with a tear in my back muscle, so was in pain before the racing even started. Qualifying I wasn't pleased with, as I thought I could have done better, but I made it up in my races. My fitness is there and I held my own. Overall I was happy with how the day went."

Words: Press Release | Lead Image: ConwayMX

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