Maxima Hero Image

Motocross

Kirk Gibbs strengthens second position at Nowra

Posted:

Kirk Gibbs strengthens second position at Nowra
KTM Factory Motocross Racing Team rider Kirk Gibbs has strengthened his second place in Australia‰Ûªs premier motocross championship after he achieved his sixth straight overall podium in the sixth round of the 2017 Motul MX Nationals Series at Nowra, south-west of Sydney.

Defending Champion and championship leader Dean Ferris won the day from Brett Metcalfe and Gibbs.

After a last-start race win in his birth-state of South Australia, Gibbs was hopeful of repeating the dose, however, perfect starts eluded him and he was forced to contend with traffic and roost in both motos, making his way to 3-4 moto finishes.

Gibbs and his KTM 450 SX-F are in fine form, however, and the 2015 Champion is confident that a round win will be coming his way sooner rather than later.

‰ÛÏThe first turn is tight here and it‰Ûªs really hard to pass, so, it makes life pretty difficult unless you holeshot both races," Gibbs explained. "I had a bit of a struggle today. I feel like I am riding really well, but I‰Ûªm frustrated with how it‰Ûªs going. I‰Ûªve been working on a lot of things and getting better and better, but the results were worse. 3-4 is not a bad result on paper, but I believe in myself and the team, and I believe that we should definitely be chasing wins every race.

"That second moto I took on a lot of roost battling with a few guys right at the end there, and ended up breaking a set of roll-offs with about 5 minutes to go ‰ÛÒ the string got stuck out. I believe that I‰Ûªm there and I‰Ûªm ready. It‰Ûªs so close I can feel it. I know the one weekend I get a bit of luck on my side, that I can put the whole thing together.‰Û
Kirk Gibbs strengthens second position at Nowra
Luke Styke. Credit: MXN Images
The KTM factory team‰Ûªs second KTM 450 SX-F and its pilot Luke Styke were temporarily at the head of the opening moto of the day, however his blinding start was quickly undone when he was felled by another rider at the first turn.

Luke Styke laboured manfully to salvage an impressive sixth place in the opener, but could do no better than eighth in moto 2 for seventh on the day, however it was enough to see him climb from fifth to fourth in the championship standings.

‰ÛÏIt wasn‰Ûªt the best qualifying for me, I felt a bit stiff, but I got through that, kept my head high and pretty much got the holeshot but then someone just took me out," Styke said. "The bike was fairly damaged, but I still came from dead last to sixth in a solid ride. In the second moto I didn‰Ûªt get the start, I got stuck behind a rider that I couldn‰Ûªt pass and got onto his pace and it became a bit of a train ‰ÛÒ I couldn‰Ûªt‰Ûª really do anything. It was a pretty start-dominant racetrack here, but I was riding okay.

"I felt like I was really good in the first moto
we dug deep and got a good result. In the second, my level wasn‰Ûªt 100% and every time I pushed I felt a little bit sketchy. I felt like I was faster than the guys in front of me but I couldn‰Ûªt pass them, it was a bit disappointing, but I‰Ûªve just got to keep my head high and keep positive and the results will come," Styke concluded.

Main Photo: Kirk Gibbs
Credit: MXN Images

Thor MX1 Round 6 Results
1) Dean Ferris ‰ÛÒ 70 points ‰ÛÒ Yamaha
2) Brett Metcalfe ‰ÛÒ 64 points ‰ÛÒ Kawasaki
3) Kirk Gibbs ‰ÛÒ 58 points ‰ÛÒ KTM
4) Luke Clout ‰ÛÒ 54 points ‰ÛÒ Honda
5) Nathan Crawford ‰ÛÒ 51 points ‰ÛÒ Kawasaki
6) Kade Mosig ‰ÛÒ 50 points ‰ÛÒ Yamaha
7) Luke Styke ‰ÛÒ 48 points ‰ÛÒ KTM
8) Kyle Peters ‰ÛÒ 46 points ‰ÛÒ Suzuki
9) Keiron Hall ‰ÛÒ 43 points ‰ÛÒ Husqvarna
10) Brodie Sims ‰ÛÒ 42 points ‰ÛÒ Yamaha

Thor MX1 Championship Standings
1) Dean Ferris ‰ÛÒ 427 points ‰ÛÒ Yamaha
2) Kirk Gibbs ‰ÛÒ 366 points ‰ÛÒ KTM
3) Kade Mosig ‰ÛÒ 329 points ‰ÛÒ Yamaha
4) Luke Styke ‰ÛÒ 310 points ‰ÛÒ KTM
5) Todd Waters ‰ÛÒ 304 points ‰ÛÒ Honda
6) Luke Clout ‰ÛÒ 277 points ‰ÛÒ Honda
7) Kyle Peters ‰ÛÒ 276 points ‰ÛÒ Suzuki
8) Brett Metcalfe ‰ÛÒ 239 points ‰ÛÒ Kawasaki
9) Aleksandr Tonkov ‰ÛÒ 218 points ‰ÛÒ Kawasaki
10) Keiron Hall ‰ÛÒ 216 points ‰ÛÒ Husqvarna

Share Article:

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Tumblr
Pinterest
Reddit
Email
Print

More News: Latest Headlines

More News: Latest Headlines

Motocross

2022 Fullnoise / FLY RACING Race Results, ProMX Round Five - Maitland, NSW

Motocross

Ryder DiFrancesco to make AMA Pro Motocross Championship Debut

Motocross

Maitland Sets The Stage For Second Half Of 2022 ProMX Championship

Supercross

MDK Motorsports Added To The 2022 FIM World Supercross Championship Roster

Trials

Toni Bou Rebounds At 2022 TrialGP of Andorra For 200th Win

Supercross

Dream Traxx Tasked With Track Design for FIM World Supercross Championship

Enduro

Manuel Lettenbichler Wins Red Bull Erzbergrodeo 2022

Motocross

Eli Tomac Wins At High Point While Jett Lawrence Goes Straight

Motocross

Hunter Lawrence will race with Team Honda HRC in 2023 and 2024

Trials

Adam Raga Comes Out On Top At TrialGP of Andorra Day One

Motocross

The Emergency Department – 2022 AMA Pro Motocross Round 4 High Point – Who’s In And Out

Supercross

MotoConcepts Racing Honda Unveils Rider Lineup for FIM World Supercross Championship
Scott Hero

What's On This Week

FIM Motocross World Championship - Round 13
MXGP of Jakarta (INA) - Jakarta
Sunday, July 3rd, 2022
FIM Motocross World Championship - Round 12
MXGP of Indonesia - Samota-Sumbawa
Sunday, June 26th, 2022
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship - Round 5
Redbud National - Buchanan, MI
Sunday, July 3rd, 2022
ProMX Championship - Round 5
Maitland, NSW
Sunday, June 26th, 2022

Featured:

Hands-On With The Stark Varg Electric Motocross Bike

MTX Sprockets and XAM Chains

Is The Motocross Future Now With Stark Varg?

Fusport XP2 Review

Under or Over – We pit Fly Racing’s Revel Race Roost Guard against the Fly Barricade Zip Vest.

Into the Night – Part Two

What's On This Week

FIM Motocross World Championship - Round 13
MXGP of Jakarta (INA) - Jakarta
Sunday, July 3rd, 2022
FIM Motocross World Championship - Round 12
MXGP of Indonesia - Samota-Sumbawa
Sunday, June 26th, 2022
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship - Round 5
Redbud National - Buchanan, MI
Sunday, July 3rd, 2022
ProMX Championship - Round 5
Maitland, NSW
Sunday, June 26th, 2022
SM25