KTM’S MCCOY TOUGHS OUT A DRAMATIC ISLAND SUPERCROSS
Motorex KTM rider Daniel McCoy showed plenty of grit to gather solid points despite his body copping a hammering at the Terex Australian Supercross Championship double header at Phillip Island, which was held in conjunction with the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.
McCoy was cleaned up in a dramatic first turn incident in Saturday evening’s Round Four, but still managed to coax his bent KTM450SX-F home seventh in a race won by Weston Pieck from Josh Hill and Brett Metcalfe.
Juggling ice and strapping tape treatments today, McCoy started poorly on the rock-hard surface for Round Five, but made his way forward to finish fourth behind race-winner Hill, Matt Moss and Sam Martin.
Motorex KTM team mate Kirk Gibbs attempted to race yesterday but quickly encountered symptoms which the attending Racesafe personnel deemed to be symptomatic of problems more complex than the cracked rim diagnosed after last weekend’s event.
Gibbs was forced to retire from the weekend and now faces further tests to determine his condition.
The Terex Australian Supercross Championship concludes at Toowoomba next month.
Rob Twyerould, Motorex KTM Team Manager: “A bit of a tough weekend for us. Gibbsy wasn’t able to ride at all this weekend. He’ll be flying to Brisbane tomorrow to get checked out; they think he may have a vertebral problem that wasn’t initially diagnosed. As soon as he landed in the whoops he felt like his spine was pushing his chest. According to the Racesafe guys the T4 has a ligament connection to the ribcage and he may have some issue there.
Saturday night there was a huge crash in the start straight. Hill pushed Moss into McCoy and the crash it was pretty spectacular – lucky they both could walk away. Daniel got going almost a lap down and pushed through 7th. He woke pretty stiff, sore, scratched and swollen and he’s been icing and strapping his wrist all day. The track layout was terrific but the dirt was incredibly hard and no one could get the traction – it was like watching them race in slow motion! All boys on the inside spun up on the gate, Daniel got a terrible start and was second-last after a lap but he pushed hard and worked his way past Jake Moss for fifth and tried to get onto Martin but Martin was riding very well.
DMC’s shown a big improvement here, and come out in the heat race bumping and grinding which is good. He probably didn’t give away to us just how much he was hurting.”
Daniel McCoy: “Yesterday there were plenty of crashes, off the start something happened with Matt who came over and hit me and I had a big cartwheel. The bike was all twisted up but I kicked the front wheel straight and rode the best I could to get back to seventh.
Today I had a swollen hand and a fat arm and the hardest part was hanging on in the whoops. Like everyone I had wheelspin and didn’t get the start I wanted. I got back up to fourth and tried everything I could to move in on Martin but I couldn’t get close enough. Fourth is good points but it’s frustrating to be so close to the podium and not get there when you put so preparation in, and these tracks are not allowing for good racing and just limiting what we can do.
With one round left I’m going for it, there’s nothing else I can do, I want to finish off strong. I’m disappointed with how things have gone for me but I feel like I’m riding okay, I just need to put myself in a better position.”
Kirk Gibbs: “My ribs were sore as expected but I thought they’d be right. I tried riding yesterday morning but as soon as I did a little double I got real weak – I went to Racesafe and talked to them and they think there’s more going on than meets the eye so we’ll look into it some more. There’s no point being out there if I can’t be competitive.”
In the SX-Lites class, Dylan Long (5,3) used a podium finish today to shore up his fourth place in the championship, while Choice Motorsports KTM's Brenden Harrison (4, 6) and Kayne Lamont (6,7) both scored good points.
SX Open championship standings (after five of six rounds):
1. Josh Hill 103, 2. Matt Moss 98, 3. Jake Moss 96, 4. Weston Peick 83, 5. Daniel McCoy 81, 6. Jay Marmont 79, 7. Sam Martin 69, 8. Lewi Woods 42, 9. Kade Mosig 40, 10. Jacob Wright 37
SX Lites championship standings (after five of six rounds):
1. Gavin Faith 115, 2. Luke Styke 110, 3. Ryan Marmont 102, 4. Dylan Long 84, 5. Taylor Potter 70, 6. Kayne Lamont 68, 7. Brenden Harrison 64, 8. Luke Arbon 59, 9. Nickolas Sutherland 55, 10. Luke Wilson 47