MX Nationals

Kirk Gibbs Leads Successful Appin Weekend For KTM

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KTM Motocross Racing Team rider Kirk Gibbs has moved into second place in the standings of this year's Monster Energy MX Nationals series, with another rock solid showing in today's second round at Appin, New South Wales.

Despite very limited on-bike training as he recovers from a broken hand suffered three weeks ago, Gibbs began the day in the best possible fashion, setting the fastest time in this morning's Go Pro Super Pole to add five points to his season tally.

Gibbs suffered with starts across both 30-minute motos, but with superior fitness, gritty determination and a fair helping of track speed in the Appin ruts, he was able to make his way through into podium positions both times.

Defending champion Matt Moss won the day from Jake Moss, while Gibbs' impressive performance saw the Queensland-based South Australian elevate himself to second position in the Monster Energy MX 1 championship standings after two of 10 rounds.

"It was a positive day for me, the gate dropped much quicker than I expected in the first moto and I found myself 10th or so but I fought my way back into third and I'm very happy with the way I'm riding." Gibbs explained. "In the second the button popped out and I wheel-standed and had to back off, so I blew that start too.

"I'm a little frustrated in that sense but I can go home and work on my starts. My hand has gotten a lot better over the last couple of weeks I've been staying off the bike, which has been doing it a lot of good.

"I probably won't ride this week, then we have the Queensland titles this weekend, and I hope to be pretty much back to 100% by the time we go to Wonthaggi."
Kale Makeham had a strong day out finishing second in the MX2 class - Credit: Grant Reynolds (FiftySix Clix)
In MX2 Racing, last year's runner-up Kale Makeham on the Tune Tech KTM made amends for a quiet Broadford performance, finishing just one point from the overall win at Appin. The result elevates him to fifth in the championship.

"We had a good day, it was great to come back like that after Broadford, where I had bad starts and just didn't ride like myself after that first corner crash which kind of made me question a few things." Makeham stated. "So it was good to come to Appin and be straight back where we belong, I was fastest in both motos so it's great to see the hard work has paid off and I'm in a good position.

"That first race I was in second and probably could have made a move for first but I was happy to get the day off with some good momentum. In the second I did everything I could and only missed the overall by a point.

"In the overall scheme of things it's not a bad day so we'll take that!"

Earlier, Brenden Harrison had qualified fastest in the class but poor starts and falls limited the Instant Security KTM to sixth on the day, behind Hamish Harwood and ahead of Wade Hunter. Harwood now lies second to championship leader Luke Clout, with Harrison just two points further behind.

"It was just one of those tough days today." Harrison comented. "I qualified first so I know my speed was okay, and my fitness is really good, but I just never got the greatest starts and I put myself in bad situations where I went down in both races.

"I feel I made good passes but both times by the time I got anywhere everyone was gone. On a brighter note though, I might have slipped back to third in the championship, but I've moved closer to the lead than I was after round one. So we'll go back home and go back to work and see what happens next."
Jack Simpson lead the way for KTM in the MXD class taking the round win - Credit: Grant Reynolds (FiftySix Clix)
In MXD racing KTM-mounted Jack Simpson moved into third in the championship with an impressive win ahead of Egan Mastin and Jed Beaton. The win sees Simpson just four points from the championship lead.

In Rookies racing, KTM's Mitchell Evans made a big impression, dominating ahead of Connor Tierney and Cody Dyce.

Top Image: Kirk Gibbs claimed the Super Pole win and moved in to second position in the MX1 Championship after a good day out at Appin.

Credit: Grant Reynolds (FiftySix Clix)

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