April 4, 2011

Tough Day in the Sand for LPE Kawasaki


The opening round of the 2011 Red Bull Pro National championship kicked off at the Fat Cats venue near Doncaster this past weekend, 3rd April. With the race being close to the team’s base everyone was hoping for a good weekend to start the season in the right fashion. The two day meeting meant that by the time that the Pro riders went out on Sunday morning the track was already very rough and technical.
The day started early with the Pro Qualifying and the rough terrain proved a strong task for both Bryan Mackenzie and Gert Krestinov to settle into during a short session. As the session progressed both riders times improved and Gert finished with 5th fastest time in MX1 and Bryan came away with 4th fastest in MX2
After the lunch break it was time for the first moto of the day. With the start being so tight, a good jump was key to a strong result. Unfortunately Gert suffered a bad start leaving himself with a lot of work to do during the race. Bryan gained a better start and was quickly into the top 5 of the MX2 class by mid race. Meanwhile Gert spent a race posting fast lap times and making lots of moves towards the front. With only a handful of laps to go Bryan crashed in the wave section and lost a number of positions resulting in finishing in 12th place in MX2, while Gert had put in a solid ride to recover to a superb 4th place at the finish.
With the second race of the day only an hour later, both were looking for better start and as the gate dropped Gert and Bryan rounded the opening lap inside the top 10 in their classes. As the race went on Bryan and Gert both tried to pushed forward but a couple of small mistake slowed their progress leaving Gert in 7th place in MX1 and Bryan with a much better 6th place finish.
The result meant that Gert finished the day in 5th place in the MX1 championship and due to Bryan second race result a solid 6th overall, giving both riders the chance to improve at the second round at Landrake at the start of May.

Bryan Mackenzie
I’ve had one of my worse day’s racing ever in my career this weekend. I’ve just struggled all day with the track and to find any sort of rhythm. Qualifying went ok and I finished in 4th place, which was good. Then in the first race I was going well was up into 2nd in MX2 but I tighten up and then had a crash and finished in 12th which wasn’t good. The second race was another bad start and just rode bad and couldn’t flow. I managed to get 6th in MX2 which I was surprised at as I felt so bad. I’ve ended with 6th overall which isn’t bad but isn’t great. This is a race I’ll remember and just use as motivation for the rest of season.
Gert Krestinov
Qualification was a struggle and I had issues with the set up, but after making a few changes I managed to finish in 5th place. The first race I got a bad start and came through the pack to finish in 4th place which was good because I was such a distance back. Then the second race I struggled a bit and just rode steady laps and I need to work on my fitness even more. Top 5 overall is ok but I expected better and have work hard to the other rounds now.
Steve James
On the whole we have come away with some solid results overall, but I was hoping for a little bit better results. We do a lot testing and training here as it’s local to our base and it’s a great venue and very demanding. It is a track where you need a good start and we have suffered all day. Overall we finished with Gert in 5th overall in the championship and Bryan was 6th overall, in his first race he was up into 2nd but a crash pushed him down the order and took a lot out of him. Gert’s first race was really strong coming back to 4th place after a bad start and he used up a lot of energy before going into the second race. The pace today was so fast and strong on such a demanding track so overall the results are ok and we can move forward from here and look for better results at the next round.