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March 20, 2013

Apico ANSA Racing Kawasaki gets off to an indifferent start

FatCat 2013 Gert Krestinov 3

The first round of the Maxxis British Championship was held at the teams home track, which had been battered by heavy showers throughout the previous week as well as Saturday night. The track had taken the weather well and was in great shape for Sunday mornings qualifying session.

After quickly settling in to the first couple of laps Gert posted 7th fastest, was happy with his times and remained up beat and excited for the racing.

‘My bike feels really good and is awesome to ride’ commented Gert ‘It’s great to get started with racing and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in’.

In the first moto Gert started around 10th place and within only a few laps, moved quickly up to 6th place and was comfortably closing in on the group of riders ahead of him. Unfortunately, Gert had been suffering with goggle problems and eventually had to remove them, which impeded his progress. At the close of the race, the number 37 rider had moved his Kawasaki in to 5th place finishing only one and a half seconds behind former world champion Steve Ramon in fourth. Gert said ‘I had a problem with my goggles from early on and waited as long as possible before I took them off. Once they were off it was a matter of doing the best I could’.

In the second moto the track was incredibly wet after continuous snow and rain since the first race. An imperative clean start was short lived for Gert because as he rounded the first turn he was drenched from head to toe in freezing cold, track surface water from his fellow competitors. Pulling in at the end of the first lap for gloves and goggles, Gert restarted in 35th place and then dug deep to claw his way back up to 16th place, loosing his goggles again in the process. After a final pit stop with two laps to go, for another pair of goggles, Gert dropped to 19th and eventually finished 17th and finishing joint 9th overall on the day.

Gerts second race comments: ‘Going around the first turn I was hit by a wall of water and my goggles stopped working straight away. I had to pull in at the end of the first lap, which cost me a lot of time. Once I got going again I was making good progress before I had to through my goggles away again! I decided to get stuck in, without goggles, until I got to the point where I was really struggling to see. My pit crew had shown me that they had another pair of goggles and even though there were only a couple of laps left, I had to protect my eyes so I pulled in again and finished the race in 17th place. Overall, I’m happy with my riding today and I know it’s only a matter of time before I’m where I want to be.

Team manager, Ian Bradleys’ comments: ‘It’s been an indifferent day and there was such a contrast between motos with the second race been so wet. I’m happy with Gerts results today. He dug deep and showed a lot of heart and determination. The bike is working really well and Gert was just unfortunate with his goggles. Now we will be getting ready for the following race at round 2 where I guess the conditions could well be the same as this weekend!

Image:Rich Blyth






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