DISAPPOINTMENT FOR KTM’S GIBBS AT MT. GAMBIER
He gave it everything but Motorex KTM rider Kirk Gibbs was unable to give his home fans the show he wanted to at tonight’s third round of the Australian Supercross Championship at Mt. Gambier in South Australia
Gibbs crashed out of the night’s main event and was taken to hospital with a possible punctured lung.
The race went to American rider Josh Hill from compatriot Weston Pieck with Jake Moss third.
Narrowly missing out on the podium was Motorex KTM’s Daniel McCoy who was the fastest qualifier on the night, but was pushed wide at the first corner and had to come through the pack.
McCoy came from ninth through to fourth and was coming home like a train toward the podium finishers when the chequered flag fell.
In the SX Lites final Choice Motorsports KTM's Brenden Harrison made a welcome return to the podium finishing just 1.3 seconds behind winner Luke Styke, with Ryan Marmont third. Dylan Long (8th) and Kayne Lamont (9th) both grabbed top ten finishes while Tune Tech Racing KTM’s Kale Makeham was unfortunate to suffer a shoulder injury in the first heat of the night.
The next round of the Milwaukee presents the Terex Australian Supercross Championships will be a double-header held at Victoria’s Phillip Island circuit on October 18-20.
Rob Twyerould, Motorex KTM Team Manager: “The night started well for us with Kirk the first rider into the 49s and Daniel qualifying fastest on the last lap. However third and fourth in the heats meant we had 6th and 8th pick of the gate which was not a fantastic pick. DMC got an unbelievable jump but then got pinched out wide and had to come from 9th. He just worked his way through which was tough initially, but as the race wore on he was able to pick the positions off through to 4th and was picking third off at a second a lap. He rode very solid but just gave away too much at the start. Gibbsy rode in behind Matt Moss off the start but when Moss doubled Gibbs launched around and into the face of the berm and stopped dead, dropping to last. Then about six laps in he went over the bars the bike landed on him, so right now he’s on his way to hospital and we’re hoping he doesn’t have a punctured lung."
Daniel McCoy: “Qualifying went real good, it’s something I’ve been working on lately, but the heat result killed me, just not getting a good gate pick – I was wide and I got blocked at Turn 1, and I just need a better heat to get a better start. A lot of guys were crashing and the track got quite rough with the soft dirt. Coming through the pack – it’s nice to know that you’ve got good speed but it’s tough to be the fastest qualifier and finish fourth.”
SX-Open result Round 3, Mt.Gambier:
1. Josh Hill, 2. Weston Peick, 3. Jake Moss, 4. Daniel Mccoy, 5. Matt Moss, 6. Sam Martin, 7. Kade Mosig, 8. Jay Marmont, 9. Jacob Wright, 10. Hayden Mellross
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 result Round 3, Mt.Gambier:
1. Luke Styke, 2. Brenden Harrison, 3. Ryan Marmont, 4. Gavin Faith, 5. Taylor Potter, 6. Nickolas Sutherland, 7. Luke Arbon, 8. Dylan Long, 9. Kayne Lamont, 10. Tristen Cachia
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