News 4 Jul 2017

Gibbs frustrated with lack of winning opportunities

Former champion hungry to stand atop of the podium.

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Despite locking in another podium result at Nowra’s sixth round of the Motul MX Nationals last weekend, KTM Motocross Racing Team’s Kirk Gibbs is frustrated with his minimal winning opportunities this season.

Gibbs, who sits 61 points behind series leader Dean Ferris (CDR Yamaha), lodged a 3-4 scorecard at the tight and technical New South Wales circuit to close out the top three in third, but it’s a step backwards according to the former premier class champion.

“I had a bit of a struggle today,” Gibbs recalled. “I feel like I am riding really well, but I’m frustrated with how it’s going – I’ve been working on a lot of things and getting better and better, but the results were worse.

“3-4 is not a bad result on paper, but I believe in myself and the team, and I believe that we should definitely be chasing wins every race. That second moto I took on a lot of roost battling with a few guys right at the end there, and ended up breaking a set of roll-offs with about 5 minutes to go – the string got stuck out.”

The factory KTM rider believes an overall victory is just around the corner, it’s just a matter of putting the pieces of the puzzle together and stringing together two solid moto finishes.

“I believe that I’m there and I’m ready – it’s so close I can feel it,” he added. “I know the one weekend I get a bit of luck on my side, that I can put the whole thing together.”

Gibbs has just four more rounds to put a halt on Ferris’ dominant 2017 season, with the seventh stop of the series scheduled for 16 July, at Shepparton in Victoria.