Just two days out from the first round of the 2015 MX Nationals series at Horsham, KTM Motocross Racing Team rider Kirk Gibbs is on the verge of coming full circle with his journey on KTM Australia's premier motocross team.
Just two years ago he embarked upon his rookie season in the big league, going almost unnoticed as his then teammate Todd Waters laid waste to Australia's best riders in the opening three rounds of the series. But by the end of 2013 he had his first round win, and the national number 5.
A year later he had evolved into a race-winner, super-consistent podium finisher, and a relentless, terminator-style finisher who you most definitely didn't want on your rear wheel in the final 10 minutes of a race.
Now coming off his first injury-free off-season and an excellent build-up in New Zealand where he made history by becoming the first international rider in 25 years to win the Woodville Grand Prix, Gibbs will start the season as one of the firm favourites for the MX Nationals title.
‰ÛÏThis is a very exciting championship for me, but really it's just the same business as always. I‰Ûªve had a great pre-season, and I'm in the best spot I've been for a long time, so I‰Ûªm excited to see how it will turn out." Gibbs commented.
"Obviously 2013 was my rookie year and I didn't know what to expect, then last year I started off pretty well and ended up really well and I was even able to fight for the championship. This year I‰Ûªve got a good base under me, so I‰Ûªm confident, and I feel like if I can get some good starts I can definitely finish at the front.‰Û