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Kirk Gibbs relieved to get first round win for 2017


Posted: Monday, 17th July, 2017 : 10:32 AM - - 2,865 Reads




KTM Factory Motocross Racing Team rider Kirk Gibbs achieved the goal he’s been increasingly focused on in recent months – becoming the rider to break the winning streak of Dean Ferris in this year’s Motul MX Nationals.

Gibbs became only the second overall winner of the year when he won yesterday’s seventh round at Shepparton, comfortably beating Championship leader Dean Ferris and Brett Metcalfe on his KTM 450 SX-F.

The Queensland-based South Australian earlier qualified fastest on the day, then battled with his trademark tenacity in the opening moto to win his second race win in three rounds.

In the second moto, he worked his way through the dogfight in front of him to move from fifth to second place, setting the fastest lap of the race in the progress.

His 1-2 on the day further strengthens his second position in the championship.

“It’s really exciting and a great relief. We knew if we just worked hard, and followed our plan, we could put it all together, and today was the day," Gibbs said.

"Both motos were really fast and I battled in both, it was pretty tough. In that second moto, I lost a few spots and just had to work real hard to get back to second. I’m really happy with my riding and how it went today, for myself and the team.

"Shepparton was a little bit different to the last few years; the ruts got really rough and bumpy and it was hard to find good lines out there, but it made for good close racing.”

Jay Marmont - KTM Motocross Racing Team Manager, added, “It was a good day. Kirk was looking really good in practice and we knew we were on. Unfortunately, Dean just pipped him in SuperPole, but he took that in his stride. Then in that first moto, him, Dean and Mosig were battling. Ferris lost the front end and Gibbs saw an opening and pushed off the front. From there he didn’t look back and he won fairly comfortably.

"We knew the overall was looking good for us, and then that last moto was just a ding-dong battle between all the guys. Gibbs, in fine form, worked his way through it, got up to second place, and was able to take the overall. So, for the team and everyone that was involved here, that was really good, and it was a monkey off Kirk’s back! In the past, Dean’s had that counterpunch every time Gibbsy’s stepped up, but this time, we put him away.

Main Photo: Kirk Gibbs
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