News 19 May 2014

First MX1 win for Gibbs tightens up MX Nationals title chase

KTM Motocross Racing Team rider overcomes eye injury in South Australia.

Image: Jeff Crow.

Image: Jeff Crow.

South Australian ace Kirk Gibbs has piled the pressure onto Matt Moss in the race for the Monster Energy MX Nationals crown, riding his way through an eye injury to score his first-ever MX1 victory.

Gibbs has been a picture of consistency for the KTM Motocross Racing Team in 2014 to date, finishing on the podium at all four rounds and narrowed the gap to Moss in the series from 22 points to 13 at Murray Bridge.

“My first overall win, I’m really happy, so it’s good,” Gibbs reflected. “And a lot of family and friends were here to see it, so I’m very pleased. Today was a bit up and down obviously, that first one was tough, I didn’t get the best start and I had to take my goggles off and copped a rock to the eye, so I’ve got a bit of a shiner!

“That last race I got a good start and just made passes really early which made it easy. I got the lead just before the end of the first lap and just rode away with it. I’ve had a podium at every round now so I’m really happy with that.

“That’s the biggest thing I’ve always wanted is to be really, really consistent. I’ve been doing that so far, so I’m really pleased with where I am at.”

Gibbs will now contest KTM Australia’s home round at Wanneroo next weekend before focusing on the annual Manjimup 15,000 again in Western Australia one week following.