Phoenix Tools Honda entered the third round of the Maxxis British Championship with momentum in their corner, after taking a moto win at the previous round and securing MXGP points at the Grand Prix of Europe. Gert Krestinov was certainly on top form.
Krestinov started his day in an impressive fashion; he posted the third-fastest time in qualifying. The start at Canada Heights is one of the fairest on the calendar, so he was poised to achieve great things. His teammate, Carlton Husband, joined him inside of the top eight in the timed session.
A mediocre start threatened to hinder Krestinov in the first MX1 encounter, as he started in the lower half of the top ten. ‘37’ was a man on the move, however, as he made three passes in two laps and started to challenge for a position in the top three. The race ended prematurely, so that medics could care for an injured rider, but Krestinov managed to make two more moves before that and finish in the runner-up position.
Krestinov benefitted from a better start in the final moto, as he rounded the first lap inside of the top three. He wasted no time and was already in the lead by lap three, then did not look back as he romped to a five-second advantage at the head of the field. He won the moto and also claimed the overall victory, which was the first of his career and also the first for Phoenix Tools Honda! ‘37’ now sits third in the series standings, just nine points down on the leader.
Carlton Husband showed great speed throughout the day, but bad luck hindered him. A ninth in moto one, after starting a little further back, set him up well for a brilliant result in the overall classification. A crash in the second moto cost him dearly though, as he could only salvage a seventeenth by the chequered flag. The sixteen points that Husband acquired left him eleventh overall on the day and helped him move to nineteenth in the championship.
Phoenix Tools Honda will return to Lyng this weekend, as the old-school circuit will play host to round two of the Michelin MX Nationals.
Gert Krestinov: “I am really happy to finally achieve my first British Championship overall win. Qualifying went well, although I did not get a clear lap, as I got third. I felt like I had the speed. In the first race I came from eighth to second, but then the red flag came out. Until that point I felt really good. I did not have to push or take risks, so it was a nice race. In the second race my start was better, then I took over the lead on lap four. I felt some pressure, but still managed to win the race with a little gap. It was a perfect day for me.”
Carlton Husband: “Good day, all in all, as my speed was there. A silly mistake in race two cost me, after making my way up to eighth. Eleventh overall on the day was a step in the right direction.”
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