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Kirk Gibbs Left Bruised And Battered At Raymond Tce

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KTM Motocross Racing Team rider Kirk Gibbs endured a tough weekend at Raymond Terrace, watching the championship gap open up as he battled the effects of ‰Û÷flu when the eighth round of the Monster Energy MX Nationals unfolded at Raymond Terrace.

Gibbs had spent the week off the bike with illness and only began to feel well yesterday, but the South Australian admitted he was just short of his best today as he struggled through the first two motos to 4th and 6th.

He finally achieved a great start and a more familiar race pace in the third and final race, and holding second behind Wright he was on target for a podium finish to the day, when a lapped rider he had passed jumped on him just half a lap from home and relegated him to fourth, both in the race and for the round.

‰ÛÏI started to feel a bit better yesterday but still wasn‰Ûªt 100% today." Gibbs said after Sunday's event. "I felt not-too-bad on the bike but just made a few mistakes.

"Starts here are very critical; it‰Ûªs a hard track to pass on and I got two very average starts in the first couple of races and that set me right back. Then last race, I got a good start, rode a really good race, but had a lapped rider jump on me on the last lap just to make it a really good day.

"I saw him go to the berm and I went to roll the jump and next thing I was on the ground ‰ÛÒ I didn‰Ûªt even know what was going on. I‰Ûªm not real impressed about it, but it‰Ûªs the sport and that‰Ûªs what happens sometimes.

"We‰Ûªll try and come back out at Galdstone and get these good starts that I think I know I can get and try to make something of this championship.‰Û
At 40 points down and with five moto's still to run, the 2014 MX1 title is still very much in reach for Kirk Gibbs - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Gibbs now trails Moss by 40 points with two rounds yet to run.

‰ÛÏKirk had a really bad ‰Û÷flu and hadn‰Ûªt ridden all week and only started feeling good on Saturday." Team Manager Rob Twyerould added. "A week off the bike at this level is a long time, so that was unfortunate, and it showed up in the first two motos with terrible starts and finishes of 4th and 6th.

"Liam my son recorded the start and we analysed it, noticed a couple of things and then he bloody nearly pulled the holeshot in the last one. He came around in third place and got into second position, and then he and Jacob Wright just charged.

"It was a little bit of a yo-yo for a while and then with half a lap to go he was passing a lapper and their lines interconnected and unfortunately the lapper landed on him off a jump. He managed to get up pretty quick and get going and maintain fourth place.

"If he‰Ûªd have maintained second he‰Ûªd have been third on the day, but that dropped him to fourth. We lost points to Moss in every race so we‰Ûªre now 40 behind, but as we saw, anything can happen and it can be anybody‰Ûªs race.‰Û

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