Estonian Gert Krestinov rides a Kawasaki 450 KXF for the Apico LPE Kawasaki Racing team in the MX1 class of the Maxxis British Championship. He finished fifth in the competition in 2011 and third in 2012, only behind Shaun Simpson and eventual winner Kevin Strijbos. In 2013, he dropped back to seventh, waiting until the final round at Farleigh Castle to put in his best performance.
Gert was born in Tallinn on 2nd August 1990, and comes from a family of motocross GP riders. Following second place finishes at the Junior World Championships in 2004 (85cc) and 2006 (125cc), Gert’s first major win came in the MX2 World Championship at Lommel in 2008, the same year he was presented with the Jan de Groot Award for best young rider in the competition.
By winning at Lommel, sand specialist Gert became the second Estonian to win a GP after Avo Leok, and he won again in May 2013, taking the overall victory at the MX3 competition at the Valkenswaard circuit in the Netherlands, finishing second in the first moto and first in the second.
In 2014, he concentrated primarily on the British Championship, with a best finish of third in the third race of the fourth round at Canada Heights – he currently lies in sixth place in the Championship standings with two rounds remaining. He has also competed in the first four rounds of the inaugural MX Nationals, and, with half the season gone, currently lies in fifth place in the Pro MX1 standings.