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Whatley will be ready

Whatley will be ready

Kristian WhatleyNuno Laranjeira

Former British champion Kristian Whatley is promising to come back stronger than ever in 2018 after a season spent on the sidelines while he recovered from a broken femur.

Kristian, who recently signed for the Rob Hooper Racing Yamaha team, has endured a turbulent couple of years but is now looking forward to re-establishing himself.

“I’m loving life,” he said. “I’ve moved to Bishop’s Stortford and it feels like a new life for me – a clean slate – and Ed Allingham, who’s a good buddy, is helping me out management wise and I’m living with him as well. “I’m changing my life up a little bit – something new, something different – and I feel happy. I’ve got a new lease of life.”

The 27-year-old broke his femur in a huge crash at round three of the Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship at Canada Heights in April. Since then he’s only raced once – at the VMXdN in September – and is now fired up to return to his 2013 form when he won all three major domestic titles.

“I haven’t got a bike as yet but I can’t wait to start riding again. I felt good at Farleigh – obviously, that’s the only racing I’ve done but I don’t feel like I’ve lost any technical ability, just some fitness.”

It’s no coincidence that he’s found a ride with a Yamaha-supported team following three tough seasons on first Hondas and then a Husqvarna.

“I was talking to other teams but nothing was concrete and people were waiting for budgets and me and Ed just came to the conclusion that I’d go well on a Yamaha again.
“I’ve had the best years of my career on Yamahas. I ride them well, I know what they’re like, I know how I like them and being together again with Steve Payne at Multitek is also a massive bonus for me.

“I’m very optimistic about next year. I’m motivated, I’m feeling positive and I feel like I’ve got unfinished business.”