Former British champion Kristian Whatley has spoken in more detail about his plans for 2019 following the shock revelation last week that he’s taking a step back from professional racing to compete on a part-time basis on a 125cc Wildmoor Yamaha two-stroke.
The 29-year-old has struggled with form and injuries over the last few years and missed almost the entire 2017 season after breaking his femur at Canada Heights.
“It was my idea basically,” said Kristian, who’s currently working in the construction industry. “I love the sport but I’m done with the whole situation.
“It’s who’s got the biggest pockets so next year I thought ‘you know what, I’m just going to put some of the fun back into it’ and I’m going to live the dream on a 125.
“I’ll probably get better paid with the outside sponsors and more recognition from the public.”
This year, racing for the Rob Hooper Yamaha team, was supposed to mark his comeback from injury but after a solid start at the opening Maxxis round at Culham his form dipped and he sat out a number of events as he became increasingly disillusioned with the sport.
“I’m going to be doing the Acerbis Amateur Nationals so that will be cool and maybe the AMCA championship if I’m allowed to do it but to be fair I don’t want to be racing too much next year.
“I’ll just go with the flow and if I do enjoy it and I’m loving it then I’ll be racing flat-out. Who knows, I might come back in 2020.”