MOTOREX KTM TACKLES A TOOWOOMBA ICON
When a guy like Motorex KTM’s Rob Twyerould calls a venue a true motocross track you know you’re in for something special, and that’s the case with this weekend’s location for the penultimate round of the Monster Energy MX Nationals – Toowoomba’s Echo Valley.
Located at the Southern end of Toowoomba, some 120 km west of Brisbane, the circuit has been a part of Australian motocross folklore for decades and its rich combination of red volcanic clay and dramatic elevation changes appeal to both rider and spectator alike.
The Motorex KTM team enters this ninth of ten rounds well placed, with a rapidly recovering Todd Waters intent on regaining his dominant early season form, and along with it the championship lead he now sits just 11 points away from.
Waters’ spirits are further buoyed by the news that Motorcycling Australia has recognised his speed and determination by selecting him for its Australian team to attend the ‘Olympics of motocross’ - the Motocross of Nations, at Teutschenthal in Germany on September 28.
Motorex KTM’s Kirk Gibbs has been the big mover through the middle and late stages of this year’s championship and hopes to continue the trend on a track he knows and likes.
Rob Twyerould Team Manager: “Echo Valley is a brilliant track and a true motocross track and Todd’s always done well there, I remember back a few years ago he had a wildcard entry from the U19 to the Lites and he got the holeshot and led pretty much the whole moto. Todd’s had a good week practising and testing and he feels like he’s back to 100% for the first time in a while. He’s also received his offer to ride in the Motocross of Nations and he’s really excited about that, in fact we’re going to Lierop, Holland for the final GP of the year a feel GP scene make connections there and Todd will stay until the MXoN.
Kirk stayed in Sydney and started supercross training and testing. He looks really, really good on the supercross track and it won’t surprise me what he does. He missed the supercross season last year because of his huge crash at Coolum but he’ll be a dark horse this year I think.”
Todd Waters: “It’s been a while since I raced at Echo Valley so I’m excited about that and I normally go well there so it should be good. I like the way it gets rutty and technical with a grippy surface and it’s got an interesting hilly layout that’s good for the spectators to be able to see the whole thing.
Strength-wise we’re getting back there and feeling confident again which is great. I’ve had a few weeks of training routine now which I needed so look for further improvements. Now we’ve just want to get some good starts and make it happen.”
Kirk Gibbs: “I’m pretty healthy, I’ve got a little finger injury but it won’t slow me down. If you aren’t dealing with niggling injuries you’re not trying hard enough! I’ll just try to do my best and try to keep the momentum up, but as long as I’m up the pointy end of the field I’m going to be happy. I’d love to get a win this year if I could, but you never know who could turn it on on the day. I’ll keep plugging away, not to prove anything to anyone but just to keep the ball rolling and the momentum going. I’m not a flashy one-off result guy, I’m a consistency guy.”
MX2 and MXD In the MX2 category, KTM-mounted trio Brock Winston, Kale Makeham and Dylan Long are looking to continue their recent good form in the series, while KTM-mounted U19 star Hamish Harwood will look to continue his runaway MXD class success ahead of fellow KTM250SX rider Jack Simpson.
Monster Energy MX1 championship standings (after 8 of 10 rounds): 1. Matt Moss 511 2. Todd Waters 500 3. Billy Mackenzie 461 4. Cody Cooper 429 5. Lawson Bopping 407 6. Kirk Gibbs 407 7. Jake Moss 388 8. Jay Marmont 333 9. Adam Monea 323 10. Tye Simmonds 273
Motul MX2 championship standings (after 8 of 10 rounds): 1. Luke Styke 543 2. Kale Makeham 440 3. Brock Winston 414 4. Ryan Marmont 349 5. Geran Stapleton 349 6. Dylan Long 331 7. Takeshi Katsuya 324 8. Rhys Carter 306 9. Josh Cachia 305 10. Kayne Lamont 298
Pirelli MXD championship standings (after six of eight rounds): 1. Hamish Harwood 372 2. Jack Simpson 335 3. Jay Wilson 319 4. Jesse Dobson 302 5. Joel Dinsdale 301