KTM'S GIBBS LIKELY TO SHAKE OFF HAND INJURY FOR MX NATS OPENER
KTM Motocross Racing Team rider Kirk Gibbs looks a good chance of facing the starter for this weekends first round of the Monster Energy MX Nationals which takes place at Broadford, Victoria.
Hot on the heels of the injury which sidelined Ford Dale last weekend, Kirk Gibbs suffered a chipped knuckle just after qualifying fastest for the final round of the New Zealand motocross Championships at Taupo on Saturday.
The team withdrew Gibbs from the event and subsequent X-rays showed a suspected chip in the knuckle of his right pinky finger.
The Queensland-based South Australian is now back in Queensland and will have the injury checked out again today, but is determined to ride the first round.
TEAM MANAGER ROB TWYEROULD – “At Taupo they mark the track with wooden posts and Kirk hit one at a fair speed on the upramp of a jump. He did it fairly early in qualifying but still rode out the session, so we all walked up with big smiles seeing that he had gone fastest, and he just looked at us as he was trying to get his glove off and said ‘I think I've broken my hand’. It blew up like a balloon and from the X-ray it looks like a chip in the knuckle, but it’s the swelling that’s giving him the pain so he’s had ice on it all weekend. He'll be getting it checked out in Queensland tomorrow and fingers crossed he'll be alright for next weekend.
For Gibbsy, the timing of it was incredibly upsetting as he's really blossomed lately. He had just set the fastest time, which over Coops in New Zealand is a big thing, considering he and Ford have only topped him a few times before. It shows he's obviously got some speed right now.”
KIRK GIBBS – “I feel I'm riding the best I ever have, and I'm coming into full stride just at the right time. I can't remember which lap I hit the stake on, but I think it was the one after my fastest lap. I was at about three quarter pace and didn't even see it but I was right at the edge of the track where it set me up better for the next corner in fourth gear and pretty much on it. I was lucky I didn't go down hard. Straight away I couldn't feel the side of my hand, I tried to shake it off and did another 10-15 minutes. It didn't feel too bad until I pulled up and it started swelling. I'll get it checked out, but I'll definitely be at Broadford. There is only a little bit of bone chipped, and it's only my pinky finger. I’ve ridden through worse than that …Maybe I'll throw some handguards on!”