Following a tough 2012 Kristian Whatley is returning to the team where he became a real threat for the Maxxis British Motocross championship and is once again teaming up with Roy Emberson and Yamaha for 2013.
The talented 23 year old from Hampshire was in the running and pushing eventual champion Brad Anderson for the 2011 MX1 British title until a heavy fall at the Foxhill round put him out of contention with a damaged shoulder. Whatley then never regained that form through the first half of 2012 riding for PAR Honda and parted ways with them. Mid-way through the season he returned to Yamaha with an exclusive one off ride for the full factory Monster Energy Rinaldi team at the British GP and was looking more like the rider that was pushing for race wins in 2011 until a mistake that again derailed his momentum. Kristian had a huge high side off the big down hill triple at Matterley Basin and damaged his shoulder once again.
Now well on his way to full fitness with his rehabilitation program Whatley has shaken hands on the deal to return back to Roy’s always immaculate and professional Yamaha backed team and he’s excited by the prospect of getting back to the form he showed last time he was racing in Emberson’s colours.
“Obviously 2012 just didn’t work out and I guess that just happens sometimes” reflected a calm KW. “There were a number of reasons why but that’s yesterdays news, I’m thinking about what’s ahead of me. The Yamaha suits me well and Roy and the team build awesome race bikes so I’m pumped to be going back to a team and a set up that fits. I’m now working hard on getting my fitness back and I can’t wait to get started. I know the MX1 class is going to be tougher than it was back in 2011 and this year but I’m confident I can regain my form and be pushing for podium places and wins. I know I’m good enough and hopefully I can get on a roll and challenge for a title. I want one and Roy deserves a Maxxis British championship as much as anyone.”
Roy himself is equally pleased to see the Whatley working from under his awning once again. “The boy can ride, no doubt about it. He done well for us last time but then he got that injury and other things didn’t work out but I’m not worried about all that. We’ve had a good chat and agreed a deal, I’m happy and he’s happy so I’m looking forward to it and now we’re getting to work.”