MOTOREX KTM OFF TO THE ISLAND
Motorex KTM riders Daniel McCoy and Kirk Gibbs will share billing with the likes of Rossi, Lorenzo and Marquez as the Terex Australian Supercross Championship visits this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix at the Victorian Phillip Island circuit.
With a Saturday evening and a Sunday afternoon double-header show, the team will have two chances to harvest Aussie championship points before a somewhat more diverse crowd of motorcycle racing fans than normal.
Cleared of a punctured lung last weekend at Mt.Gambier but still carrying a cracked rib and plenty of bruising, Aussie motocross number five Kirk Gibbs will have to deal with plenty of pain if he’s to face the Phillip Island starter.
However, the gritty South Australian is determined to go after more experience and more points in his first year in the premier class so it’s unlikely he’ll be anywhere but on that start line.
Daniel McCoy has a more legitimate claim to GP fandom than most, being the cousin of slip-sliding three-time 500GP winner Garry McCoy, but the Motorex KTM rider will have eyes for nothing but the supercross prize while there’s opportunity to improve upon his current fifth place position.
Rob Twyerould, Motorex KTM Team Manager: “The GP is a different level and it will expose what we do to a lot of people who wouldn’t necessarily go to a supercross which is great. The KTM Moto 3 team will be there too so I’ll be keen to try to get a look at their setup. It’s always difficult to get into the GP paddock but I have some friends…
I’ve been speaking to Kirk this week and it’s looking pretty certain he’ll be able to ride, it will just be a matter of managing the pain. Obviously he hasn’t been riding, he’s just been resting but he’s moving reasonably well. Daniel has had a great week practising and testing. After qualifying fastest and catching the leaders at the end of the race last week he has gained confidence and is looking forward to the weekend.
This week we’ve got to come out firing right from the first heat because that dictates the gate pick for the final.”
Kirk Gibbs: “The goal was to win in Mt. Gambier and in trying to do so I took some risks that didn’t come off. When that happens, you end up fighting up from the back and that’s when things go wrong.
I’ve got a sore neck and back and I’m pretty stiff but I should be pretty right. There’s no major risk so I’ve just got to get a clearance from Race Safe on the morning and then I should be good. I’m not scaling back expectations because of this, I just want to go there and ride well. If I can do that I’ll be happy. Being at the GP is great, I love watching it on the TV and to see it in real life and the speeds they travel is pretty crazy.”
Daniel McCoy: “Off to Phillip Island, obviously it’s a great atmosphere there and we’ve got two rounds which is going to be awesome for us. I’ve always been interested in MotoGP because my cousin is an ex 500GP rider.
I go in feeling good. With fourth last weekend I was just off podium, so we’re doing something right. I’ve thought about what didn’t go right for us last weekend and made some changes for this weekend and can feel an improvement already.”
In SX Lites racing, Choice Motorsports KTM's Brenden Harrison will look to bank another podium finish like the runner-up spot he took last weekend in Mt. Gambier. Tune Tech Racing’s Kale Makeham is out with a shoulder injury however Dylan Long and Kayne Lamont will be there waving the orange flag proudly.
SX-Open championship standings (after three of six rounds):
1. Matt Moss 66, 2. Jake Moss 62, 3. Weston Peick 58, 4. Josh Hill 56, 5. Daniel McCoy 49, 6. Jay Marmont 48, 7. Kade Mosig 40, 8. Sam Martin 34, 9. Kirk Gibbs 31, 10. Lawson Bopping 28,
SX-Lites championship standings (after three of six rounds):
1. Luke Styke 72, 2. Gavin Faith 65, 3. Ryan Marmont 58, 4. Luke Arbon 48, 5. Dylan Long 48, 6. Nickolas Sutherland 42, 7. Taylor Potter 40, 8. Kayne Lamont 39, 9. Brenden Harrison 31, 10. Kale Makeham 31