EXCITEMENT BUILDS FOR HERVEY BAY
In what has been a very exciting Monster Energy MX Nationals series, this weekend’s round at Hervey Bay is shaping up as the most exciting yet with many fans wondering, where is Waters at?
The question refers to the recovery level of Motorex KTM rider Todd Waters, who dominated the first three rounds of the series before running foul of the injury gods with a significant head injury and later a broken collarbone suffered just four weeks ago. Having staged a fighting rearguard action through three consecutive rounds of carrying injury and diminished capacity, the tough North Queenslander has seen his 44-point round three lead evaporate to just four points.
Just a week into his proper riding and training routine Waters admits he’s not at 100%, but he heads toward a Hervey Bay circuit he knows and rides exceptionally well, just as positive and hungry to race as ever, and he doesn’t intend handing the championship leader’s red plate over without a fight.
Getting any attention at all alongside the excitement of Waters’ championship story is no mean feat, but Motorex KTM team mate Kirk Gibbs has found a way, with his spectacular rise up the MX1 ranks in what is his very first year in the top grade. Gibbs posted a personal best runner-up race finish at Appin, then backed that up with a fourth to claim his second overall podium of the year.
Rob Twyerould – “We’ve got a really interesting weekend coming and we are attacking it is as the start of our run to the finish. The two weeks since Appin will make a big difference for Todd; he’s not 100% but he’s a lot closer on a track he’s done well at in the past. We’re pretty much level-pegging and he needs to come out all guns blazing to establish himself at the front of the championship. He’s got a real belief in himself that is going to take him on a lot further than Australia in the future and you need that.
Kirk is building on that for himself too, with really great results and riding. When he sits on the start line now he believes in himself and he visualises himself getting top-3 finishes with genuine speed. Since Broadford he’s been contesting the Super Pole in a variety of conditions and Hervey Bay is a place where Kirk has done a lot of races and I’m looking for a really good result to build on the momentum he’s carried through til now."
Todd Waters: “I’m getting back there. I don’t have the pain or the discomfort I had for Appin, the feeling isn’t 100% but I’m getting back there. After Appin I had a week off in Cairns then this weekend is my first back into a routine - time is creeping up a little but I’m looking forward to racing and I’m always pumped to race at Hervey Bay which I love. It’s a surface that I’m confident on and when I enjoy racing I get better results as well.”
Kirk Gibbs: “This week I’ve been riding a couple of private sand tracks with Todd and it’s great to have him to chase around again. I grew up with the softer surfaces and I know them pretty well. Hervey Bay should get pretty rough and really sort the men from the boys. It’s a difficult thing to race a 450 on sand for 30 minutes - twice. Fitness-wise I’m close to the level I want to be at but this weekend will be a first test in that regard.
MX2 & MXD
In the MX2 category, KTM 250SX-mounted Kale Makeham sits second in the championship after finishing second overall at Appin with another orange bike, that of Brock Winston in fourth.
In the MXD category, the KTMs of Hamish Harwood and Jack Simpson sit one and two at the top of the table.
Monster Energy MX1 championship standings (after six of 10 rounds): 1. Todd Waters 376 2. Matt Moss 372 3. Billy Mackenzie 340 4. Cody Cooper 331 5. Lawson Bopping 320 6. Kirk Gibbs 293 7. Adam Monea 285 8. Jake Moss 279 9. Tye Simmonds 273 10. Jay Marmont 241
Motul MX2 championship standings (after six of 10 rounds): 1. Luke Styke 403 2. Kale Makeham 320 3. Josh Cachia 305 4. Brock Winston 302 5. Luke Clout 285 6. Geran Stapleton 264 7. Takeshi Katsuya 260 8. Ryan Marmont 244 9. Dylan Long 227 10. Rhys Carter 209
Pirelli MXD championship standings (after four of eight rounds): 1. Hamish Harwood 244 2. Jack Simpson 225 3. Jesse Dobson 218 4. Joel Dinsdale 194 5. Jay Wilson 190 6. Corey James 180 7. Joel Wightman 179 8. Nick Scott 176 9. Logan Blackburn 166 10. Jake Emanuelli 134