KTM’S GIBBS TAKES THIRD OVERALL WIN OF THE SERIES
It's starting to become a habit for KTM Motocross Racing Team rider Kirk Gibbs, who picked up his third overall victory of this year's Monster Energy MX Nationals series, as the championship’s ninth round took place at Gladstone, Queensland.
Making it two from two Queensland rounds, incessantly consistent Gibbs posted a second and third place on his KTM 450 SX-F to win the day from Billy Mackenzie and Adam Monea, with Jacob Wright and defending champion Matt Moss rounding out the top five positions.
Gibbs now trails Moss by 37 points entering the final round of the MX Nationals at Coolum on the Sunshine Coast.
Rob Twyerould – Team Manager: “A fantastic result for Kirk, and his third one of the year. The track was gnarly; they had ripped it, and it got incredibly rutty, and bumpy and technical. In the first Moto Kirk and Mossy went gone handlebar to handlebar in front up the start straight and got in so deep that they let a few of the guys up underneath them. After that the top three guys, Jacob Wright, Gibbsy, and Moss were just two seconds a lap faster than everyone. Gibbsy got a good, solid second.
In the second it was an awesome start from Kirk and McKenzie, then Monier got him in the second corner, and tipped over to be 10 or 15 seconds behind. Te and Matt Moss then just charged forward, and Kirk got right back up to Monea, and put in one almighty effort on the last lap on Monea and honestly came up millimetres short. So a real big effort from all the guys in the team before a one-week turn around for the final. We’re almost back to a moto difference now and there are still 75 points in offer so it's not over yet, not at all.”
Kirk Gibbs (KTM 450 SX-F) – “I’m pretty happy with today. The track was really technical and the ruts got really deep. I got two great starts but got a little bit of arm pump in the first and faded back a little, which I’m disappointed about. In the last race I got a great start again, and was holding second pretty well, but had a little tip-over, so that was disappointing to slip back to third, but I charged back through and nearly made it past for second on the last lap. I'm really happy with the way I'm riding, and hopefully I can carry that momentum into next weekend.”
In MX2 Racing, New Zealand’s Hamish Dobbyn upstaged compatriot Hamish Harwood to be top KTM rider on the day in second place behind Husqvarna’s Luke Arbon. Heavy-hitters Kale Makeham and Caleb Ward were fifth and sixth on the day, while series front-runner Hamish Harwood hurt his shoulder and battled to eighth, slipping to third overall.
Hamish Harwood (KTM 250 SX) – “Definitely not so flash for us but we'll focus on next weekend and see what you can do. I had problems with my left wrist, but then had quite a big crash in the first race, and hurt my right shoulder quite a bit and finished that race in seventh. After that, I got a good start in the second race but really couldn't hold the bike and faded back, which I don't usually do. Quite frustrating.”
In MXD racing – KTM’s Jack Simpson battled an injured ankle in Gladstone but still salvaged a useful fourth which propelled him forward to places into second in the championship, 30 points in arrears of Egan Mastin.
Jack Simpson – “Four laps into practice I severely rolled my ankle and I thought it was broken. I went and saw Race Safe to see if there was any bone damage, but there wasn’t so I got it all strapped up by the physios, got the boot on, and gripped it and ripped it! The first race I dabbed it a few times which really hurt, so I had a bit of a think and just rolled around. Two fifths, and it was a battle for me today, but I’ll ice it up and start getting it ready for Coolum.”
2014 Monster Energy MX Nationals Standings after 9 of 10 rounds:
MX1: 1. Matt Moss 713, 2. Kirk Gibbs 676, 3. Billy Mackenzie 632, 4. Adam Monea 615, 5. Jake Moss 528, 6. Jacob Wright 525, 7. Kade Mosig 500, 8. Hayden Mellross 472, 9. Sam Martin 436, 10. Brock Winston 415
MX2: 1. Luke Clout 606, 2. Luke Arbon 574, 3. Hamish Harwood 567, 4. Kale Makeham 543, 5. Jay Wilson 537, 6. Caleb Ward 492, 7. Brenden Harrison 464, 8. Errol Willis 395, 9. Kayne Lamont 395, 10. Josh Cachia 310
MXD: 1. Egan Mastin 513, 2. Jack Simpson 483, 3. Nathan Crawford 468, 4. Jed Beaton 459, 5. Wilson Todd 444, 6. Jayden Rykers 395, 7. Aaron Tanti 386, 8. Brock McLeary 354, 9. Kyle Webster 343, 10. Jett Anderson 263
Pics: Jeff Crow, Sport The Library