Kirk Gibbs gets 2019 MX Nationals campaign back on track with Broadford win


Gibbs' first round win of the year has seen him move to third in the championship, only 7 points off the lead, Photo: Yamaha
Kirk Gibbs broke through for his first win in CDR Yamaha Monster Energy team colours when he claimed victory at round three of the MX Nationals, held under perfect skies in Broadford, Victoria, over the weekend.

And to make it an even more memorable day team-mate, Luke Clout made it a team 1-3 as he pulled down third overall for the round and now both riders sit inside the top three in the MX1 division as the championship moves to Murray Bridge for a huge double header weekend of racing on May 4 and 5.

Round three marked the first weekend for the sprint format for the MX1 class where the riders competed in two, nine lap back to back races as well as the more traditional thirty minute moto later in the day, making for a gruelling day at the track.

With three motos all contributing to the round overall, consistency becomes a major player in the final results and when you think of consistency, you think of Kirk Gibbs. Despite shaking off the effects of a virus, Gibbs did what he does best and put his YZ450F at or near the front in each and every moto.

He finished the day with 2-2-1 results and tied on 67 points with Todd Waters but gets the round win due to a stronger finish in the final moto. For Gibbs, it was a good recovery from a tough opening two rounds where he dealt with crashes and bad luck but he now has the train back on the tracks and heading into his favourite track of the season, Murray Bridge, Gibbs is well-placed to continue building momentum in the championship.

‰ÛÏThe weekend was much better for me and it‰Ûªs nice to finally get a win under my belt for the CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team,‰Û
Luke Clout's third for the round keeps him within 5 points of championship leader Hayden Mellross. Photo: Yamaha
Luke Clout backed up his round two victory with a third place overall at Broadford in another fine performance. Clout improved as the day went on taking 5-4-3 results in each of the motos to claim the final spot of the podium and has now moved into second in the championship, just a handful of points away from the series leader.

Clout proved consistent all day but needed better track position early in the race if he was to pick up a moto win.

‰ÛÏI felt pretty good all day and the track was good to ride but I was probably just a bit off in my starts,‰Û
THOR MX1 Results

MX1 - Raceline Superpole
1 Todd Waters -1:30.125
2 Hayden Mellross - 1:30.630
3 Kirk Gibbs - 1:31.643
4 Jesse Dobson - 1:31.686
5 Justin Rodbell - 1:32.106

MX1 - Moto 1 (Top 10)
1 Todd Waters 9 Laps - Race Time:
2 Kirk Gibbs +5.666
3 Daniel Sanders +7.340
4 Hayden Mellross +10.584
5 Luke Clout +19.921
6 Jesse Dobson +25.769
7 Justin Rodbell +30.303
8 Erki Kahro +31.448
9 Daniel Milner +45.774
10 Brett Metcalfe +46.654
Fastest Lap: Kirk Gibbs - 1:33.735

MX1 - Moto 2 (Top 10)
1 Todd Waters 9 Laps - Race Time: 14:40.220
2 Kirk Gibbs +2.644
3 Hayden Mellross +3.339
4 Luke Clout +13.981
5 Jesse Dobson +36.630
6 Justin Rodbell +41.573
7 Daniel Milner +43.245
8 Richie Evans +47.210
9 Ryan Shadbolt +50.310
10 Erki Kahro +51.035
11 Lawson Bopping +53.857
Fastest Lap: Hayden Mellross - 1:33.903

MX1 - Moto 1 and 2 Combined (Top 10)
1 Todd Waters 70 Points
2 Kirk Gibbs 64 Points
3 Hayden Mellross 58 Points
4 Luke Clout 54 Points
5 Jesse Dobson 51 Points
6 Justin Rodbell 49 Points
7 Daniel Milner 46 Points
8 Erki Kahro 44 Points
9 Richie Evans 40 Points
10 Jayden Rykers 39 Points

MX1 - Moto 3 (Top 10)
1 Kirk Gibbs 17 Laps - Race Time:27:33.009
2 Todd Waters +23.807
3 Luke Clout +25.492
4 Hayden Mellross +29.937
5 Jesse Dobson +43.532
6 Daniel Sanders +48.808
7 Erki Kahro +50.402
8 Jayden Rykers +1:21.986
9 Justin Rodbell +1:24.062
10 Brett Metcalfe +1:32.071
Fastest Lap: Kirk Gibbs - 1:34.033

MX1 - Round 3 Overall (Top 10)
1 Kirk Gibbs 67 Points
2 Todd Waters 67 Points
3 Luke Clout 58 Points
4 Hayden Mellross 58 Points
5 Jesse Dobson 52 Points
6 Erki Kahro 47 Points
7 Justin Rodbell 47 Points
8 Jayden Rykers 44 Points
9 Daniel Milner 43 Points
10 Daniel Sanders 40 Points

MX1 - Championship Standings After Round 3 (Top 10)
1 Hayden Mellross 152 Points
2 Luke Clout 147 Points
3 Kirk Gibbs 145 Points
4 Todd Waters 143 Points
5 Jesse Dobson 121 Points
6 Justin Rodbell 110 Points
7 Erki Kahro 107 Points
8 Jayden Rykers 102 Points
9 Brett Metcalfe 97 Points
10 Charlie Creech 94 Points
11 Tomas Ravenhorst 92 Points

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