MOTOREX KTM HEADS TO THE BEACH
Motorex KTM riders Kirk Gibbs and Todd Waters will conclude a successful and action-packed Monster Energy MX Nationals series with a visit to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, as round ten of the series kicks off at the beachside town of Coolum.
Hot on the heels of his second moto win at Echo Valley a week ago, Kirk Gibbs will be deservedly confident, the South Australian with a chance to exceed his season goal of a top-five finish as he currently lies just three points in arrears of championship fourth-placed Cody Cooper.
After three rounds of absolute dominance followed by a number of miraculous rides in the wake of not one but two serious injuries, Todd Waters may have demonstrated the speed and the courage to well deserve a title, but his 25-point deficit going into the final would suggest an uphill battle.
As he’s done all season though, the likeable North Queenslander will ignore the outcome and concentrate on the process or racing well, and few will be surprised if he puts in a big performance in this, his last outing on Australian soil prior to next month’s Motocross of Nations.
Waters will join Brett Metcalfe and Dean Ferris in Team Australia when the event takes place at Gaildorf in Germany on September 28/29.
Waters and Gibbs will also utilise the occasion of the MX Nats finale to debut the new 2014 Gravity FX race gear from KTM’s Power Wear range.
Rob Twyerould Team Manager: “Both boys have been up there training and working on bikes this week and getting ready for Coolum. It’s a sandy track so we’ll have a slightly different setup as the bumps are deeper and further apart, a different weight bias to keep the front end light and a more aggressive pattern tyre to keep the bikes driving well. Both boys practice a lot at Coolum, which can be an advantage or a disadvantage depending on how it’s prepared. Both riders will go in with confidence and try to perform at their absolute best, not worrying about what’s happening behind them, and we’ll see what happens."
Todd Waters (SP 4th and 3, 6): “I’m looking forward to racing at Coolum again this weekend and feeling confident. It’s been great to be feeling better and see myself getting faster each week. I’m still moving forward and that’s what it’s all about coming into this race and the GP of Europe I’ll be visiting next weekend before the Motocross des Nations. The championship is not something I can control at this point, so I’ll focus on riding the best I can, and whatever that brings, it brings.”
Kirk Gibbs (SP 5th and 2, 1): “I’ve ridden there a fair bit - there’s a new layout and a tight first turn, so we’ll see how it goes. It’s been good to ride the layout and to see how stuff starts to chop up, so we’ll know pretty early how it’s going to go. It will be good to see how Toddy goes, hopefully he can make that title chase go down to the end. It’s also good to have the last round up here in Queensland, the weather’s good and we’ll probably hang out at the beach a bit on Friday then again on Saturday after we ride for a recovery session in the cold water, then Sunday down to business.”
MX2 and MXD In the MX2 category, the title may already be decided, but orange men Kale Makeham and Brock Winston are yet to lock in second and third places in the championship, while in the MXD class KTM-mounted Hamish Harwood will look to put the U19 title out of reach with another consistent and fast performance.
Monster Energy MX1 championship standings (after 9 of 10 rounds): 1. Matt Moss 582, 2. Todd Waters 557, 3. Billy Mackenzie 516, 4. Cody Cooper 478, 5. Kirk Gibbs 475, 6. Jake Moss 444, 7. Lawson Bopping 407, 8. Jay Marmont 383, 9. Adam Monea 376, 10. Sam Martin 294
Motul MX2 championship standings (after 9 of 10 rounds): 1. Luke Styke 613, 2. Kale Makeham 504, 3. Brock Winston 472, 4. Ryan Marmont 398, 5. Dylan Long 389, 6. Takeshi Katsuya 362, 7. Rhys Carter 351, 8. Geran Stapleton 349, 9. Kayne Lamont 347, 10. Josh Cachia 305
Pirelli MXD championship standings (after seven of eight rounds): 1. Hamish Harwood 439, 2. Jay Wilson 386, 3. Jack Simpson 381, 4. Jesse Dobson 353, 5. Corey James 336, 6. Joel Dinsdale 325, 7. Joel Wightman 317, 8. Jake Emanuelli 279, 9. Logan Blackburn 255, 10. Dakota Court 223