Route77energy MVR-D Honda made the long journey back up to Shropshire on the Summer Bank Holiday weekend to not only represent the brand at Honda’s dealer day, but also to participate in the penultimate round of the Red Bull Pro Nationals this weekend, with the team’s rider Gert Krestinov wanting to build on his recent Dutch success.
On Sunday morning, Krestinov put down the third-fastest time in the MX1 class in his qualifying session, setting the bar for the remainder of his day. A veteran sand rider, Krestinov is at home on this circuit, and the start in fourth and a swift move into third in the first race showed that. Unfortunately, Krestinov was not able to make a pass for second stick, instead finding himself in a very lonely third with fourth far behind and the leaders several seconds ahead of him.
Promising himself to do better in the second race, Krestinov got off the gate even faster, soon finding himself in third again. A challenge to pass into second failed, but the Estonian was not done yet. Biding his time, he pounced again with but two laps to go, taking ruthless advantage of a mistake made by Martin Barr in second. Setting his sight on the lead, he closed the gap to leader Nicolas Aubin to a mere second before the chequered flag waved in the wind.
After taking the runner-up position on the podium, Krestinov now moves into third place in the championship with a good chance at second place at the last round.
Team principal Mark Chamberlain commented on the day: “Gert’s been in Belgium training all week and it shows. He’s put the effort in, but in the first race he wasn’t in touch with the guys in the front. In the second race in the first ten or so minutes he was in touch, then lost it. Then Barr made a mistake and Gert kept on him. That early work paid off by getting that spot, because if he hadn’t put that work in early, that opportunity wouldn’t have been there. I’m definitely happy with today, that was a good ride.”
Gert Krestinov (#37): In the first race I was pretty fast but in the middle I lost my rhythm and the guys got away a little bit. I was a bit slower than them and finished up third. In the second race I wanted to improve my result and I reached my goal and was second. Riding again was good in the beginning and I kept those guys in sight, but in the middle of the race I lost something again and my breathing wasn’t that good. Then I saw that Barr made a mistake and I realised that he wasn’t that fast, and so I made the pass with two laps to go, got second and second overall. It’s been a pretty good weekend, but there’s always room to improve.