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