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Krestinov shows top-five speed at Preston Docks

The Phoenix Tools Honda awning was busier than it has been in recent weeks this past weekend, as Gert Krestinov returned from the injuries that he sustained at the Swiss MXGP. Carlton Husband is also closer to one hundred percent now, after recovering from the hand injury that has hindered him at the previous two rounds.

Gert Krestinov made his intentions quite clear in qualifying, as he shot to the fifth-fastest time on the first lap of the timed session. That set him up well for the motos, but Carlton Husband was not as fortunate in MX2. A handful of small issues restricted him to twenty-seventh.

The speed that Krestinov had in qualifying was evident again in moto one, as he fought for a spot in the top five despite a mediocre start. ‘37’ ended lap one in fifteenth and had already entered the top ten by lap three. An unfortunate bike issue halted his charge, however, and forced him to retire just three laps from the end. That fueled a fire within Krestinov in moto two, as he again charged forward following a bad start to finish seventh and salvage fifteenth overall. Krestinov sits eighth in the MX1 standings entering the final round.

Carlton Husband rebounded from that difficult qualifying session to battle on the cusp of the top ten in the first of two MX2 motos. He ran as high as eleventh at one point, before eventually settling for twelfth. The second moto was another testing session for Husband, as he retired after six laps and was left in sixteenth overall on the day.

Gert Krestinov: “The weekend started okay with a fifth in qualifying and then in the race I charged to sixth place, until I had an unfortunate technical issue and had to retire. In the last race I had to use my spare bike and ended up in seventh place. We will try to improve for the last round in Foxhill.”

Carlton Husband: “Qualifying really did not go well at all. The track was wet and I could not seem to get a fast lap in. In the first race I got a good jump out of the gate, but then I got pushed really wide. I made my way back to twelfth, but was not happy with the suspension. We tried making a few changes to our set-up for the next race only to make it worse, which resulted in a DNF. I have two more rounds to show people that I can run up front. The speed is there, so I just need to make it happen.”

Words: Phoenix Tools Honda

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