The Rob Hooper Racing Yamaha Motocross Team, this week, made the brave move to stand down its MX1 star Kristian Whatley for a short period of time, to allow the former multi-British champ time to recover from his recent spate of bad luck.
It was hoped that, Whatley, who entered the 2018 season off the back of serious injury, would improve as the season went on but, he has struggled with various misfortunes.
The decision wasn’t an easy one for Team boss Rob Hooper; “Kristian is really struggling, and unfortunately in his current frame of mind and fitness he isn’t doing his, or our team’s, reputation any good by being out there at the moment. I spoke with Kristian at length and we both decided that this was the best way to go for the time being.
“We always stick with our riders 100 per cent, and we feel we are supporting Kristian more by taking the pressure off of him and giving him the opportunity to build himself back up again. We are aiming for him to be ready for the Sherwood round of the MX Nationals, which would have given him a month away from the race track.
“We have organised a practice bike for him, so he can be getting plenty of bike time. He has taken medical advice on the illness that has been sapping his energy in motos, so we hope we can start the building process again with him come July.”
We at the ‘Nationals’ wish Kristian a speedy recovery and can’t wait to see him out in action at Sherwood over the weekend of 30th June to 1st July!