MX Nationals

Kirk Gibbs Ready To Tackle Raymond Tce This Sunday

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KTM Motocross Racing Team rider Kirk Gibbs is looking forward to this weekend‰Ûªs eighth round of the Monster Energy MX Nationals at Raymond Terrace, as a chance to show what he‰Ûªs capable of at the venue.

Last year the track was the site of Gibbs‰Ûª first MX Nationals round aboard the KTM 450 SX-F and his debut in the premier class, but though his pre-season had seen a well-crafted build up, it also saw Gibbs pick up a shoulder injury from an event just a week before the opener.

He battled to 13th and 11th on that day in April ‰Ûª13, but since then he‰Ûªs evolved, in just 15 months, from class newbie into race-winning, Pro Open championship contender.

Gibbs won the most recent round of the MX Nationals at Conondale, his second overall win of the series, to close within 18 points of defending champion Matt Moss.

‰ÛÏWhen I raced at Raymond Terrace last year things were a lot different and it was a big eye-opener for me." Gibbs admitted. "It was my first big race on the 450 and I was riding injured and needed a bit more time on the bike and more testing.

"I was stepping into the big boys‰Ûª class for the first time and it was a tough day for me.

"Obviously it‰Ûªs a bit different ballgame now, and hopefully things will be a lot better! My starts and my bike setup are better now, and just me as a 450 rider generally, we‰Ûªve improved in all three areas. We‰Ûªll aim for three solid starts and three solid finishes and keep chipping away at that points lead.‰Û

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