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