MOTOREX KTM EXCITED FOR DARWIN SUPERCROSS KICKOFF
Motorex KTM riders Kirk Gibbs and Daniel McCoy are in Darwin and very much looking forward to the start of this year’s Terex Australian Supercross Championship, which kicks off this weekend with a double-header at the Hidden Valley circuit.
Gibbs comes into the series off the back of a spectacular rookie season in the MX1 category of the MX Nationals, in which he achieved his first race MX1 win and a top-five series finish.
McCoy, the 2012 Vice Champion, was left without a full-time ride in June this year, but with the departure of Motorex KTM’s Todd Waters to Europe to begin preparations for his first Grand Prix motocross season in 2014, the way was paved for McCoy to return to KTM, where he has spent a total of four years of his professional career.
While many of his competition have spent the last month completing motocross commitments, McCoy has enjoyed the benefit of focussing and training entirely on supercross and his early signs have been very good.
McCoy’s is not the only supercross comeback being backed by KTM Australia, with MX2 competitor Brenden Harrison back riding for the Choice Motorsports team in a triumphant return from major injuries.
Harrison’s nightmare couple of years has included two broken femurs (one that then required re-breaking) and a broken neck, but after a determined and inspiring comeback he will front the starter for Saturday’s first round.
Riding a two-stroke KTM250SX, Harrison will also be joined by team mate Kayne Lamont on the KTM250SX-F, Tune Tech Racing KTM’s Kale Makeham, who recently finished runner-up in the MX2 category at the MX Nationals, and Dylan Long, who was an impressive fifth in the outdoor series.
Another exciting feature of the championships will be the KTM Mini Masters, which at every round will give up to 25 junior rev-heads a unique experience, as they share the feeling of racing a supercross national.
Participants will get to have a track walk, meet the official KTM team riders, receive an official KTM pack, and even race before the ASX crowd, in a fantastic experience which may well showcase an Australian supercross champion of the future.
Round One kicks off on Saturday afternoon with Round Two on Sunday.
Rob Twyerould Motorex KTM Team Manager: “I think it will be great very open field, and hard to predict who’s going to win. To physically get everything turned around and ready for this my guys have done a couple of midnighters so I really want to thank them for their efforts. They’ve tested with both boys in the last week and they look good and confident on the bikes so we’re looking forward to the challenge. Gibbsy is coming off a motocross season so fitness won’t be in question and McCoy’s been practising hard and nobody can question his skill. It’s only after the first night we’ll see which adds up to best preparation."
Kirk Gibbs: "I had a couple of days off after Coolum where I hurt my leg a little bit but I’ve been riding flat out ever since. I flew down to Sydney and ran the new racebike in which is always awesome, the way the boys look after it and make it look and feel so good. We’ve done some testing with different suspension and we’re definitely in the ballpark where need to be with our setup so we’re ready to go. Hidden Valley is a really long track that will be reasonably hard to pass on. It’s not too crazily technical so everybody will be looking for good starts and to stay out of trouble."
Daniel McCoy: "I’m real excited and looking forward to this one. Everything’s come along really good, I’m with a good team and I’m ready to go. It’s going to be tight and pretty interesting, for sure we’ll need a start. I’ll just go in, ride the best I can and if I do everything well the result will come.
Definitely there’s some good talent and there’s a heap of depth in the field, just like every series really. I’ll approach it the same way and I can’t wait to see what everyone’s got."