This weekend the Maxxis Henderson LPE Kawasaki team travelled to Culham near Oxford for the final round of the Red Bull Pro National Championship. The track was in perfect condition when the action started on Sunday morning.
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The day started with the timed practice session and for Connor Walkley the day started early with the timed session for the 125cc class. Connor produced a good lap time and posted the 4th fastest time. Next up was the Pro Class and Gert Krestinov put together a superb lap to take pole position. Bryan Mackenzie suffered some bike issue’s and had to use his spare bike as he recorded 6th in MX2 and Connor produced a lap time to finish in 14th place.
The first 125cc class race would see Connor suffer a bad start, but quickly moved forward to a position inside the top 5. Connor would then suffer a big crash and hurt his head and ribs. Connor remounted to finish the race in 13th in the Expert class. Due to the crash Connor wouldn’t race either of the other two 125cc races.
After the lunch break it was time the first Pro Class race and both Gert and Bryan made strong starts and rounded the first corner inside the top 10. Gert quickly settled into 4th place behind Jake Nicholls on the MX2 machine. As the race went on Gert moved up to 3rd place only to slip back to 4th at the flag in MX1. Bryan had a strong race after a mistake early in the race, Bryan went on to cross the line in 4th place in MX2. Connor’s race would be one of struggle as he battled the pain to finish 18th.
The Second Pro race saw Gert pull a superb holeshot and lead the field around for the opening laps. Bryan also made a great start and came out of the opening lap as the leading MX2 rider. Gert was passed by Brad Anderson after making a mistake and then another mistake would lead to Kristian Whatley moving past with Gert finishing 3rd. Bryan would run the perfect race to take the MX2 win and the overall. Connor’s race was over as soon as it started with a crash on the start straight saw him being stretchered off to the medical centre to get checked out, luckily Connor was ok but is going to be very sore for a day or two.
Bryan’s results would see him take the overall win on the day and finish third in the MX2 championship. Connor finished the year in 9th place and Gert finished in 3rd in the MX1 Championship so a very good end to the championship for all rider’s in both classes.
Today started out great with my first pole position in the UK so that felt good. In the first race I was going well but I got stuck behind Nicholls and lost the tow to the leaders. I was running in third up until a couple of laps from the end when some back marker held me up and Whatley got past, so I finished in 4th place. The second race I got the holeshot and was leading for a couple of laps until Anderson and Whatley passed me and I finished in 3rd for 4th overall.
Today’s been a bit of a painful day, it started off ok in practice for the 125cc class where I got 4th and then 14th in MX2. Then in the first 125 race I got a bad start and then crashed really hard and finished down in 13th place in the Experts. Then I went out in the first MX2 race I got a bad start and had to lose my goggles early on and suffered and finished 18th. Then in the last race I hardly made it of the line before I crashed and got hit by another rider, so a painful end to my day really.
It’s been a drama filled day, we had a couple of issues this morning and it annoyed me because I wanted to get a good gate pick as my starts have helped me lately with my results. First race we still had a bit of an issue so I was shocked to get the fourth place really. Then in the last race I really wanted to just win the race as i hadn’t all year. So to win it was great then to get the overall was a massive bonus and third overall in the championship as well so I’m pumped.
It’s been a good end to the Red Bull Championship for us today, we got our first race win in MX2 with Bryan which was fantastic and to get the overall on the day was just the icing on the cake, Bry also finished 3rd in the MX2 championship. It wasn’t such a good day for Poor Connor he suffered a bad day in MX2. He was doing both the 125 and MX2 classes today and in the first 125 race he had a big crash and was suffering. Then in the second MX2 race he crashed on the start and got run over and has a very sore lower back Connor ended up finishing 9th in the MX2 championship though so that was pretty good for his first year as a pro rider. MX1 was good as well with pole position for Gert and then a fourth place in his first race. In the second one he hole shot the race and was leading for the first few laps but a couple of mistakes cost Gert two places to eventually finish the race in third but he did post the fastest lap in the race, and finished third in the MX1 Championship so it was also a good end to the day and the championship for Gert.
1st Brad Anderson, 2nd Martin Barr, 3rd Kristian Whatley, 4th Gert Krestinov
1st Jake Nicholls, 2nd Steven Clarke, 3rd Neville Bradshaw, 4th Bryan Mackenzie 18th Connor Walkley
1st Brad Anderson, 2nd Kristian Whatley, 3rd Gert Krestinov
1st Bryan Mackenzie, 2nd Neville Bradshaw, 3rd Elliott Banks-Browne
1st Brad Anderson 50pts, 2nd Kristian Whatley 42pts, 3rd Martin Barr 40pts, 4th Gert Krestinov 38pts
1st Bryan Mackenzie 43pts, 2nd Neville Bradshaw 42pts, 3rd Elliott Banks-Browne 36pts
1st Brad Anderson 329pts, 2nd Martin Barr 268pts, 3rd Gert Krestinov 237pts
1st Elliott Banks-Browne 305pts, 2nd Mel Pocock 278pts 3rd Bryan Mackenzie 256pts 9th Connor Walkley 104pts