KTM’S GIBBS EYES A SUCCESSFUL HOMECOMING
Motorex KTM rider Kirk Gibbs will be keen to show his Mt. Gambier friends and relatives the rider that Aussie motocross fans have come to admire when the Australian Supercross Championship resumes on Saturday in South Australia.
Gibbs has already made his rookie season in the MX1 category something of a spectacular one, winning an MX Nationals race, taking a number of podiums and achieving his season goal of a top-five series finish in the Monster Energy MX Nationals.
Now returning to the town in which he grew up, Gibbs and Motorex KTM team mate Daniel McCoy will look to improve on the fifth and sixth places they took away from last month’s supercross series opener in Darwin.
Gibbs led the final race in Darwin for a full five laps before an uncharacteristic error saw him fall and slip to fourth on the Sunday night.
In the MX2 category, Dylan Long holds fourth overall with Kale Makeham sixth while comeback hero Brenden Harrison succumbed to arm pump and struggled to 15th place.
Rob Twyerould, Motorex KTM Team Manager: “Mt. Gambier is a completely new venue and we’re looking forward to it. For Kirk I think it will be great to have a home town race, where he’ll have lots of support and be able to go home and sleep in his own bed. I would think he’ll feel pretty comfortable on the night. He’s been staying there recently and practising so it should be an exciting race for him.
Daniel is going really well and being based in Sydney we’ve been seeing a lot more of him lately. He’s on target with his training and he’s been riding well. I’m looking forward to a pretty solid race from Dan this weekend. What we learned in Darwin has reinforced our setting and both the boys are happy with it. The result there wasn’t a great way to start the championship and it’s only a short season in which to come from behind, but both boys are quite competitive and I think it will be a bit of a mixed bag – I think we’ll be very competitive."
Kirk Gibbs: “It’s an awesome thing to be here. I never really thought we’d have an Aussie title event in Mt. Gambier and there’ll be a lot of friends, family and supporters so it should be real good.
I got a ride on some of the track yesterday for the local paper and got a good look at it. It’s pretty good, I think will be a tough night, maybe a bit one-linish and it might break down a little like Darwin did but we’re used to that now so bring it on I say, it should be good.”
Daniel McCoy: “I definitely need to get some good points on the board this weekend. I want to win this championship and to do that I need to get wins. There’s a lot to be done in order to achieve that so we’ll just make it happen step by step. There’s nothing too different in my setup so it’ll just be a matter of getting the laps in. It’s unusual to be here racing supercross - usually we’re here racing motocross. I don’t mind it here but to be honest I don’t really take the surrounds in very much, I’m here to do one thing and that’s race.”
SX-Open championship standings (after two of six rounds):
1. Matt Moss 50, 2. Jake Moss 42, 3. Weston Peick 36, 4. Jay Marmont 35, 5. Kirk Gibbs 31, 6. Daniel McCoy 31, 7. Josh Hill 31, 8. Lawson Bopping 28, 9. Kade Mosig 26, 10. Tim Vare 20,
SX-Lites championship standings (after two of six rounds):
1. Luke Styke 47, 2. Gavin Faith 47, 3. Ryan Marmont 38, 4. Dylan Long 35, 5. Luke Arbon 34, 6. Kale Makeham 31, 7. Kayne Lamont 27, 8. Nickolas Sutherland 27, 9. Taylor Potter 24, 10. Luke Wilson 21