A bit of a revelation for some has been the new boy, Christian White. There’s been no pressure on Christian to perform this year, it just been a case of taking each race at a time and getting some experience of racing at national level. In Telford he had a bit of another good weekend, with a 5th on day one he was still in the hunt for a very unexpected top 3. On the second day it didn’t quite go to plan and he got a little loose in the semi seeing in back in the B final. Determined till the end he smashed in a solid lap and took the win to round off his first full national season in 5th. The Brits has been a bit of a focus for him, and he really wanted to get a good result to leave a mark on the class. He was consistent through the qualifiers and took that all important 4th place finish in the semi to get himself in the final gate of eight in the main. As the gate dropped he had the pull, but couldn’t get over and things got busy for him in traffic through the lap. He settled for 7th and although a little disappointed with his own performance, we did remind him that it was his first ever Brits final and was a pretty good marker for the future.
To sum the season up, Chris told me “This year was my first full set of nationals and my biggest year for improvement with learning how to work my way through a pack and also getting out in front and getting the holeshot. At the start of the season in Manchester I started off with B final wins and progressed throughout the year to take a national win in Peckham and a second in Cumbernauld. However, I was very disappointed at Blackpool as on the second day I was out in the lead out the first berm and put on the gas too early causing my pedal to hit the floor and my feet to unclip. Telford was a track that didn’t suit me at all as of the short first straight and tight corners and day one was a disaster with a crash before my first Moto when warming up and flipping over the gate in my first Moto which knocked my confidence for the day. At the Brits the motos were going reasonable and managed to get through quarters and semis, and in the final I was third to the second jump but was then cut off pushing me down to 7th and stayed in that position till the end.
In conclusion the year went much better than expected as I wasn’t even sure if A finals will be made. I finished 5th in the national standings and was aiming for top 10 at the start of the year so I’ve got a great foundation to work on.”