If the opposition thought things were going to get easier from KTM's pair of championship-leading MX1 factory team riders coming into this weekend's eighth round of the Monster Energy MX Nationals, they might have another thought coming.
Championship leader Kirk Gibbs rode to an almost incomprehensible podium finish last time out while carrying a fractured shoulder blade and a level of pain that was almost enough to make a grown man cry.
With two weeks for the fracture to heal however, Gibbs rates himself at 95% or better coming into Nowra ‰ÛÒ and says he‰Ûªs ready to continue the kind of speed and consistency which has generated a 63-point championship lead, and typified his 2015 season.
‰ÛÏNowra should be good, I've ridden there a few times, including the press day there a few weeks back." Gibbs commented. "Hopefully they get a good track prep in there and it turns out quite nice for Sunday.
"It's a tight race track so the starts will be key there. My shoulder is definitely feeling a lot better now so I‰Ûªm a lot more confident coming into this round than I was ahead of the last. I'm happy with the championship position that I'm in, but I don't really want to just ride around to conserve points towards the championship, I want to keep going out there and giving it my all and try to see if we can wrap this up before the end.‰Û