News 20 Sep 2016

Top qualifying time displays Peters' supercross pace

Heavy crash denies main event finish for American rider.

Image: Jeremy Hammer (Foremost Media).

Image: Jeremy Hammer (Foremost Media).

KTM Motocross Racing Team’s Kyle Peters displayed impressive pace on a supercross circuit at Jimboomba’s opening round of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship.

Peters’ recorded the fastest lap time in qualifying before his night ended abruptly in the main event following a heavy crash in the opening laps, it resulted in him being forced to withdraw from the race to undergo further medical evaluation.

“Practice went really well, I qualified first, and coming into the night show I was running second in the heat race, but I ended up crashing and finishing seventh,” Peters recalled. “In the main event I got an okay start and was coming through the pack, but ended up crashing and it was a pretty big one so that knocked me out of the race.”

“I ended up going over the bars and something cut my hand, and I ended up having to get six stitches on the end of my palm. Overall it was a tough night but I definitely came out with some positives, and I know what I need to work on.”

The American is expected to be 100 percent healthy before round two in Toowoomba next month, however his title chances are slim following a non-point scoring finish.

Peters was enlisted as a last minute inclusion to the KTM Factory Motocross Racing Team, receiving the call-up to replace injured rider Kirk Gibbs just over one week prior to Jimboomba’s opening round.