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Big Points Salvaged For Gibbs At Conondale


Posted: Monday, 8th May, 2017 : 7:42 PM - - 1,837 Reads




KTM Motocross Racing Team rider Kirk Gibbs added two second places to his championship tally in a productive visit to the picturesque Queensland venue of Conondale for the third round of the 2017 MX Nationals series.

Gibbs powered his KTM 450 SX-F to second on the day behind Dean Ferris and ahead of Todd Waters to strengthen his second place in the championship, however less-than-perfect starts regrettably denied him the chance to race head-to-head with Ferris on a track Gibbs rides very well.

Luke didn’t do too good in the first race but in the second he regrouped and found a bit better rhythm half way through and worked his way into fifth, which is a good sign. Luke’s just got to believe in himself and he can definitely podium, and Kirk needs to start better to put the pressure on Ferris - and a race win won’t be far away for us.”

"I started the day qualifying fastest, but then in SuperPole I jumped the big extension and got a kick that shot me to the right and I landed so hard I blew out eight spokes in my front wheel and did something to my front brake caliper. I had no front brake and was just trying to nurse that front wheel home but still got third fastest time!

"I came from fifth to second in that first moto, but fought the bike a lot, then regrouped, made some changes and started up the inside for the second moto. Me and Dean came together at the start and I got the raw end of it, got pushed really wide and came out 10th or 12th. So a bit of damage control after that to get back to second. I feel like my pace is really good at the moment; I just need to get out front with Dean so I can battle for those wins.”

“I thought we did well again; Kirk was a bit unfortunate with the big booter in the centre on his SuperPole lap, and he was pretty lucky to come out safely with third place in SuperPole." KTM Motocross Racing Team Manager, Jay Marmont added. "From there he got off in sixth in moto one and worked his way into second and maybe didn’t ride his best but he salvaged good points.

"He got a horrible start in the second and worked his way up to second again, but unfortunately Ferris had too much for us this weekend.

Gibbs KTM team mate Luke Styke finished the round sixth overall after 7-5 finishes.

“Conondale was good, and the KTM 450 SX-F was great, I just made it hard for myself because I wasn’t riding like my normal self." Styke said. "I struggled a bit in the first one; it took three or four laps to find my feet, but then I started coming strong ten minutes into the moto.

"It’s just a shame it probably took me 60-70 minutes of riding over the weekend to find my best form. We need to get that feeling right from practice. We’ll keep chipping away and stay positive – and it’ll eventually come around. We’re chipping away, but they’re just little chips - I want a big chunk!”


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