The third round of the 2013 Red Bull Pro National circus hit Culham Park in Oxfordshire with two days of action-packed, sun-soaked motocross racing in front of thousands of motocross fans.
Spectators were treated to a class display of speed in qualifying on Saturday with Nico Aubin – still with a sickness bug – firing his Buildbase Honda to the top of the tree, giving the young Frenchman pick of the gates as he led the racers to the line for the first MX1 moto on Saturday afternoon.
Fast starting Aubin hit the front of the field, only to crash, handing the lead to Milko Potisek who held on to first spot until the two-lap board went out, when he then crashed, undoing all his hard work and handing the win to a waiting Kristian Whatley. Potisek was able to cling to second with Brad Anderson third, Gert Krestinov fourth and then Aubin who made hard work of a valuable fifth place.
Moto two saw Potisek hit the front trailed by Whatley but Aubin wasn’t far behind. And it didn’t take long for Nico to make his move on the Buildbase Honda – passing Whatley and Potisek, which left Whatley to fight with Potisek for second. At the halfway stage, Whatley and Aubin were at war but back-markers took their toll. A bad line past a slower rider on the penultimate lap gave Whatley the advantage which he took. At the flag, it was Whatley, Aubin, Potisek then Krestinov.
Aubin took the lead from the start of moto three with a fantastic holeshot that left him with a comfortable two-second lead until the halfway mark when Potisek took over the lead. Then Whatley demoted Nico a further place to third. Potisek crashed but was up quickly and while he lost the lead to Whatley, he held on in front of Aubin who finished his consistent day in third spot.
“The track was good and everything went good with the bike,” says Aubin. “it was just me – I wasn’t so fit this weekend. Last week I was really, really tired and I still feel sick but I’ve managed to get as much points as I can. I didn’t win but I am on the podium and to be on the podium on a hard day is always good.”