PROMISING START TO MOTOREX KTM IN DARWIN
Despite an early setback, Motorex KTM riders Kirk Gibbs and Daniel McCoy have made promising starts to the Terex Australian Supercross Championship at the weekend’s double-header round at Hidden Valley circuit near Darwin.
The pair leaves Darwin 5th and 6th in the championship respectively on 31 points apiece, behind championship leaders Matt Moss (50), Jake Moss (42) and Weston Pieck (36).
Saturday evening’s opening round presented an initial hurdle as the track’s tendency to deteriorate and form choppy bumps wrong-footed both riders with suspension settings and both struggled with arm pump, McCoy finishing 6th and Gibbs 8th after falling.
The pair regrouped and came out today with some suspension changes and obvious advancements, Gibbs taking the holeshot and leading for the first five laps while McCoy ran fifth. Gibbs fell and remounted to finish fourth, with McCoy in tow in fifth.
In the MX2 category, Dylan Long (3, 6) holds fourth overall with Kale Makeham (6, 5) sixth.
Brenden Harrison’s exciting return did not pan out quite as the Choice Motorsports competitor had hoped, and despite qualifying fastest on Saturday and winning his heat today, he succumbed to arm pump from a lack of recent race time in both longer championship rounds and will leave the NT in 15th place.
Rob Twyerould, Motorex KTM Team Manager: “I think we had a reasonable start to the series. The boys showed good pace and Kirk was a surprise packet with how fast he was. Today there was Mossy and him and no one else under 1.09. He’s shown genuine speed at supercross and it was an awesome start. He probably didn’t need to defend that hard but it’s all experience in his first year and the guys race a little different. DMC was solid all weekend, tonight he held off a lot of challengers for that fifth position but he ended up gapping them, then he caught Kirk after he fell and they freight trained around together. It’ll be good to do a little more testing, the two weeks turnaround after Coolum has been tough.”
Kirk Gibbs: “I got the start and did everything perfectly today, but then I had a mishap trying to protect the line and it brought me unstuck. I landed a little wide on the downramp where Pieck had tried a move a lap earlier so I went to cover my line and tucked the front end. It ripped my left glove off and I had to ride the rest of the race like that. Yesterday was a real struggle for us. I made a lot mistakes because the track deteriorated a lot and our suspension wasn’t quite there. We made big changes overnight and obviously it worked out. I’ll take a lot of positives out of weekend, and now I know I can run up front it will be a matter of putting the pieces together. Already we’re in a better position than we were in with the motocross so it should be good.”
Daniel McCoy: “We’d done a lot of testing and the setup we came up with was more suited for a technical one, not so much of a motocrossy track. I want to be on the podium consistently and now I what I’ve got to work on from here. I was pleased with how well we progressed with the bike over the weekend - Apro and the boys really made it a lot better today. I need to work on my sprint lap to get a better qualifying time for a better gate pick. I’ve been a while away from that race intensity so it’s good to feel that again.”
Brenden Harrison: “We had a lot of positives as well as a few negatives to take away from this weekend. I think I proved my speed is fast enough to win; I just need more bike time and more time racing under my belt. The 250 two-stroke is definitely a good choice for me, and I can’t thank KTM Australia and the Choice KTM team enough for their support. I qualified fastest yesterday and won my heat today but the arm pump from last night’s final ruined me for today and I couldn’t finish.”
SX-Open championship standings (after two of six rounds):
1. Matt Moss 50, 2. Jake Moss 42, 3. Weston Peick 36, 4. Jay Marmont 35, 5. Kirk Gibbs 31, 6. Daniel McCoy 31, 7. Josh Hill 31, 8. Lawson Bopping 28, 9. Kade Mosig 26, 10. Tim Vare 20
SX-Lites championship standings (after two of six rounds):
1. Luke Styke 47, 2. Gavin Faith 47, 3. Ryan Marmont 38, 4. Dylan Long 35, 5. Luke Arbon 34, 6. Kale Makeham 31, 7. Kayne Lamont 27, 8. Nickolas Sutherland 27, 9. Taylor Potter 24, 10. Luke Wilson 21