Australian Supercross Championship heads south for round three of season 2013.
The Australian Supercross Championship will this weekend return to South Australia following a five-year hiatus.
Saturday, 12 October, will see Mount Gambier’s Borderline Speedway light up with Australian and international supercross talent.
Home-grown riders Motorex KTM’s Kirk Gibbs and Serco Yamaha’s Luke Arbon have returned to South Australia to prepare for the event that will see them take on some of the best riders from around the globe.
For Gibbs the event marks a return to his hometown, the 24-year-old was born in Millicent and grew up in Mount Gambier, honing his craft at the local motocross club.
Gibbs, who sits fifth in the coveted Pro Open class, is hoping a good showing in front of friends and family will elevate him in the championship standings.
“It is just awesome to have a round of the national supercross being run in my hometown of Mount Gambier,” Gibbs said. “It is something I never thought we would see.
“There are a lot of people who have supported me over the years, but haven’t seen me race before, so it will be is great they will be able to come and see me in action.
“I returned to South Australia straight after Darwin to prepare for this round. I narrowly missed the podium so I really want to get on the box at my local event but I know there will be quite a few riders hungry for a good result following the double-header.”
Arbon had little time to prepare for the Australian Supercross Championship, getting the call-up to the factory Yamaha team just four weeks before the season kicked off. The 21-year-old from Gawler is currently fifth in the championship.
In addition to the national Pro Open, Pro Lites, Under 19s and Ultra Lites classes the event will also feature the KTM Mini Masters where 20 of South Australia’s budding young racers aged between seven to nine will get the opportunity to demonstrate their emerging talent on the full-size supercross track.
The youngsters will get to walk the track and talk with their idols before cutting three laps of the circuit in front of a packed house.
“I think the KTM Mini Masters initiative is fantastic,” Gibbs added. “It is a fantastic experience for the kids and it gives them a glimpse of the big picture.
“There was nothing like that when I was coming through the ranks I really think they get a lot out of it.”
Matt Moss (Motul Pirelli Suzuki) currently leads the SX-Open class, with Luke Styke (Serco Yamaha) and Gavin Faith (Carlton Dry Honda Racing) joint leaders in the SX-Lites.
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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
11. Mat HAWORTH 20
12. Sam MARTIN 19
13. Phillip BODEY 16
14. Chris CAMILLERI 8
15. Lewi WOODS 7
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
11. Boyd HOCKING 16
12. Daniel CHALLEN 14
13. Daniel McINNES 11
14. Tristen CACHIA 10
15. Brenden HARRISON 9
16. Nicholas GECK 8
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2013 series calendar
Rds 1-2 – 14-15 September – Darwin, NT
Rd3 – 12 October – Mount Gambier, SA
Rds 4-5 – 18-20 October – Phillip Island, VIC
Rd6 – 16 November – Toowoomba, QLD