KTM Australia's factory and factory support riders have one thing in common when it comes to this weekend's fourth round of the monster energy MX nationals at South Australia's Murray Bridge ‰ÛÒ an affection for the softer, loamier track surfaces.
Though he lives in another state, MX1 championship leader Kirk Gibbs will consider the round a ‰Û÷home‰Ûª track, in that he'll enjoy the support of an army of family and friends as he attempts to build his 19 point championship lead into a bigger platform.
Last year's series runner-up is looking more and more champion material and he will carry the coveted red plate into the round with no small degree of pride after standing on the top step of the podium at last years South Australian round.
‰ÛÏI'm excited to race in South Australia this weekend." Gibbs commented. "I was down there a few weeks ago and the track was really well prepared.
"Getting a little bit of a bum-kicking the other weekend was good for me - it sort of kick-started me a little bit. Murray Bridge is pretty similar soil to what I grew up on, so that helps a lot, and obviously I rode there maybe a couple of times a year as a junior, and then once every year since I've been doing the Nationals.
"But I like that place, and if you can do well there you always seem to carry that little bit extra confidence with you into the next few rounds.‰Û