Catching up with Kirk Gibbs
By: Aaryn Minerds
Posted: Monday, 26th April, 2010 - -
The first Memory I have of Seeing Kirk Gibbs race was in 2006 - I think it was. He was just coming up from the Junior ranks and was racing at Gillman, I was not even sure who he was at the time In fact it might have even been the first time I actually seen Gibbsy race.
The thing I remember was he was quick, very quick, I can remember thinking who was this guy and how is he running with the fastest riders in the state. The other thing I remember was the big Cartwheel he had over the jump at the end of the straight was probably the biggest crash I had seen in person at a track at that point in time.
Form that day I have been following Kirk’s career, watching him first taking all before him in South Australia then taking a privateer team ride on the national circuit and making himself known quickly by taking his Team 07 Yamaha to a national round win in 2008, and not just a win a round win which included winning both motos at Raymond Terrace.
Things have continued to go well for Kirk and after a fill in stint for the highly respected and sought after ride at Serco Yamaha he became a full time team member in 2009. After finishing 4th in last year’s MX Nationals Kirk is looking for big things in 2010 and has started this year in the right fashion.
A second place at round 1 followed by a round 2 win has the rider hailing from Mount Gambier in the points lead early in this year’s championship.
I caught up with Kirk a few days after his Canberra win to find out how he was feeling about the round win, what he has been up to between rounds and how it feels to be going to Broadford with the red plate on his bike.
Aaryn: First off all Congratulations on your win in Canberra, how did feel to get the second National round win of your Career?
Kirk Gibbs: Yeah it was my second; the first was in 08 I think at Raymond Terrace. Yeah this win was unreal, I got good starts all weekend and everything went to plan and I rode real consistant so I could not be happier.
Aaryn: How does this second national round win compare to your first win back in 2008?
Kirk Gibbs: 2008 was my first year I think in the Lites class, I didn’t really believe that I could win back then and it was early in the year at the 4th round, It was awesome to win back then and I won both motos which was really good, and I was super pumped to do that.
The win at Canberra felt so much better though I believe, it also gave me the points lead and I felt I rode and am riding at my best at the moment, it just felt Awesome.
Aaryn: At Canberra one of the big Keys to getting good results was the start, you mentioned to me after Horsham that you struggled with your starts, what did you do between rounds 1 and 2 to get your starts to where you needed them to be?
Kirk Gibbs: Yeah at the first round I struggled a little bit, we tried a few things on the race bike and got it going a little better off the line so that helped a lot. It also had a bit to do with my technique so I practiced a lot during the week. My dad built me some start gates and I have been practicing flat out as I knew with the four back to back races it was going to be key to get good starts, and it all payed off.
Aaryn: In the lead up to the Canberra round you came back to South Australia and done a lot of riding and a couple of races. The King of the Gulf race at Port Pirie had the same set up as the Canberra national round with 4 back to back motos but even shorter races, and then onto the state title round at Gillman with 5 X 15 minute motos over the weekend. Did these races help with your preparation for the Canberra format?
Kirk Gibbs: Yeah definitely it was good to come back to South Aus, I was staying at Luke Arbon’s, we went over and done the King of the Gulf race over Easter. The four back to back motos was good and we rode against the 450s which made it a bit harder for me. I got good starts there and walked away with the win in Port Pirie.
We then went to Gillman and Arbon hole shotted me 4 out of 5 times, but my starts still felt good there and we had some good battles, again I walked away with the win there. It was a good lead up to Canberra.
Aaryn: As you said you spent a lot of time riding with Luke Arbon between Horsham and Canberra, how important is it to have someone fast to practice with throughout the week?
Kirk Gibbs: There were a couple of days where I rode by myself, after Horsham Luke was a little injured so I rode by myself. You know you feel like your pushing at your limit until you ride with someone else then you seem to pick it up that little bit more when there is someone around you or you are right in front of them or right behind them, you always find away to pick it up. It was unreal to be riding with Arbon and have someone to ride with; you are always learning from each other and picking up speed.
Aaryn: Leading up to Broadford you have gone back to your home town of Mount Gambier, do you have many tracks or places to ride there and do you have anyone to ride with?
Kirk Gibbs: Yeah I am back in the Mount now, I am just here until Broadford then I’m heading back to Queensland. There are a few tracks down here, they are not really full on tracks they are more private or just bush tracks that I have sort of made, they are nice and rough but not real jumpy but are pretty good. We are getting some rain which is making it better.
Josh Cachia is down here at the moment so I have been riding with him for the last couple of days so that has been good.
Aaryn: How do you feel about the last minute switch of venue heading into round three, does it make a lot of difference or is it just a matter of it is just another track lets go race?
Kirk Gibbs: I was actually really looking forward to Geelong, I thought that track really suited my style, I feel that I always ride good there I was pretty pumped to be going to Barrabool, then I found out it was going to Broadford which is a bit of a bummer, but I have ridden at Broadford a bit to and think that is a good track as well. As long as I go there and get starts and ride consistant like I have been I will be happy.
Aaryn: Also heading into this round you will be going in with the points lead, I know it is only early in the season but how does it feel to be leading the national championship?
Kirk Gibbs: Ah it is unbelievable, I have dreamt about having the red plate, to be leading the points at the moment probably really has not sunk in, it really is unreal and I just want to keep it until the end, I just want to keep it.
Aaryn: So it does not change your attitude to how you go racing each week, you will still go out and race and do what you have been doing?
Kirk Gibbs: Yeah definitely, ill just keep doing everything I have been doing the last three weeks, not worrying about points or championships or anything like that, just take each race for what it is and keep concentrating on my starts and staying on.
Aaryn: As you just mentioned above you have been dreaming about having that red plate and I know how happy your are to have it, so how long until we see the Red plate with the big #5 on it as your facebook profile picture?
Kirk Gibbs: I just got a picture sent through today! So you never know, in the next couple of days it will probably be up in there.
Aaryn: Awesome, well best of luck for Broadford mate, again congratulations on taking the round win and also taking the points lead.
Kirk Gibbs: Yeah, thanks a lot.