MX Nationals

Kirk Gibbs Untouchable At Horsham

Author: Aaryn Minerds

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Kirk Gibbs kicked started his 2015 MX National campaign in near perfect fashion when the championship kicked off at Horsham, Victoria on Sunday March the 29th.

Under clear blue skies in what could only be describe as a perfect day for motocross, it was DPH Yamaha's Lawson Bopping who started the day off on the right note qualifying fastest in the MX1 class and was joined in the GO Pro superpole by the CDR Yamaha pairing of Kade Mosig and Dan Reardon, Penrite Honda Racing's Ford Dale and KTM Australia's Gibbs.

Dale who has always been known for his blistering pace showed that despite a couple of injury plagued years, he has lost none of his speed, taking the win in Superpole and earning 5 championship points, with Gibbs second, Bopping third followed by Mosig and Reardon.
Ford Dale kicked off the year winning superpole - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
When the gates dropped on the first race of the year it was Reardon and KTM Australia's Luke Styke who lead the field through the first turn. Reardon's time out front would not last long however as he along with other top contenders including, Team Motul Suzuki's Matt Moss and Kale Makeham and Monster Energy / Hitachi Kawasaki's Adam Monea all suffered from crashes early in the race.

Gibbs who started near the front moved his way into the lead on the opening lap and was never headed, slowly building a gap over his team-mate Styke over the course of the race with the KTM riders crossing the finish line in first and second.

Behind them Mosig put in a hard charge and was closing on Styke at the line to take third place, while Bopping completed his return to full time Motocross action with a fourth place finish.

Reardon who also returned to racing this year after spending a couple of years away from the sport, recovered from his early crash and charged his way through the field for a fine 5th place finish in one of the rides of the race.
Daniel Reardon showed great pace all day including a massive charge through the field to 5th in race 1, however a bike malfunction ended his race early in race two - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Penrite Honda's Cody Cooper who recently wrapped up the New Zealand MX1 championship raced to a stead 6th place finish on the tough and technical deep clay of Horsham, finishing behind a hard charging Monea who like Reardon fought his way through the field for a great result.

Privateer Dylan Long who has gained some help from the Tattoo racing outfit raced, ran up front early in the race before slipping back to 8th in what was still a strong result for the MX1 Rookie.

Ford Dale finished ninth with Daniel McCoy rounding out the top ten.

Reigning champion Matt Moss had to settle for a 14th place finish after his big get off.

In the second of the two 30 minute moto's it was Cooper and Moss who lead the field through he first turn with Gibbs back just outside the top five.
Cooper and Moss lead the field through the first turn in race two - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Cooper and Moss battled hard for the lead with the Kiwi taking the upper-hand until a flying Gibbs made his way into second position the quickly made the move under Cooper in the left and corner after the finish straight to once again take control of proceedings.

Moss picked up his pace and moved his way past Cooper and set sail for Gibbs, closing in on the South Australian and looking as though he would rebound from a disastrous first race and rebound with the win in race two. However it was not to be for Moss who crashed for the second race in a row, leaving him one again buried deep in the field.

Gibbs went on to take another comfortable win ahead of Mosig who again was was charging hard all the way to the finish line to take second place.

Cooper held on for third position, with Bopping picking up his second straight 4th place ahead of Styke in 6th.
Adam Monea put in arguable the race of the day coming from dead last to 6th in the second moto - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
The ride of the race had to go to Adam Monea, after crashing in the first turn and giving the field a huge head start, the Victorian blitzed his way through the field and with two laps to go was on the tail of Styke and Bopping as part of a three way battle for fourth, ending the race in a very credible sixth place.

Long once again showed he has adapted quickly to the MX1 class finishing inside the top ten in both moto's with a seventh in race two, with Cheyne Boyd returning to the national scene with a 8th position, Dale in ninth and Jesse Dobson rounding out the top ten after crashing during the moto.
The day belonged to Gibbs who will carry the red plate into round two at Appin - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
At the end of the day it was Gibbs who stood on top of the podium ahead of Mosig and Styke.

"My preparation this year has been awesome, we all went over to race in New Zealand for the pre-season and it's really paid off - I really owe it all to KTM," Gibbs said from the podium. "I had a lot of confidence coming into this round so I'm really happy to take the win.

"A few years ago I didn't really know where I was going with my career and Rob Twyerould took me on - I can't thank him enough for that.

"My pa passed away a couple of weeks ago and I know he told my dad that he wanted me to win so this win today is for him."

Round two of the 2015 MX Nationals heads to Appin in two weeks time on the 12th of April.
MX1 Podium - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
MX1 Round Results
1. Kirk Gibbs - 70 Pts
2. Kade Mosig - 62 Pts
3. Luke Styke - 58 Pts
4. Lawson Bopping - 56 Pts
5. Cody Cooper - 55 Pts
6. Adam Monea - 49 Pts
7. Dylan Long - 47 Pts
8. Ford Dale - 45 Pts
9. Cheyne Boyd - 40 Pts
10. Jesse Dobson - 40 Pts
11. Kale Makeham - 40 Pts
12. Daniel McEntee - 35 Pts
13. Matt Moss - 34 Pts
14. Aaron Tanti - 32 Pts
15. Nick Murray - 30 Pts
16. Daniel McCoy - 29 Pts
17. Darcy Jones - 27 Pts
18. Daniel Reardon - 26 Pts
19. Daniel Banks - 24 Pts
20. Tyson Whillas - 23 Pts
Kade Mosig sits second in points after an impressive round 1 - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Championship Standings (Points For Superpole Only Go To Championship Standings, Not Round Results)
1. Kirk Gibbs - 74 Pts
2. Kade Mosig - 64 Pts
3. Lawson Bopping - 59 Pts
4. Luke Styke - 58 Pts
5. Cody Cooper - 55 Pts
6. Ford Dale - 50 Pts
6. Adam Monea - 49 Pts
8. Dylan Long - 47 Pts
9. Cheyne Boyd - 40 Pts
10. Jesse Dobson - 40 Pts
11. Kale Makeham - 40 Pts
12. Daniel McEntee - 35 Pts
13. Matt Moss - 34 Pts
14. Aaron Tanti - 32 Pts
15. Nick Murray - 30 Pts
16. Daniel McCoy - 29 Pts
17. Darcy Jones - 27 Pts
18. Daniel Reardon - 27 Pts
19. Daniel Banks - 24 Pts
20. Tyson Whillas - 23 Pts
Luke Styke rounded out the podium at round 1 - Credit:
Superpole 1) Ford Dale (1:53.483) ‰ÛÒ 5 points Pts
2) Kirk Gibbs (1:53.779) ‰ÛÒ 4 points Pts
3) Lawson Bopping (1:54.004) ‰ÛÒ 3 points Pts
4) Kade Mosig (1:54.691) ‰ÛÒ 2 points Pts
5) Daniel Reardon (1:55.477) ‰ÛÒ 1 point Pts

Top Image: Kirk Gibbs Celebrates in Style

Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Due to his Superpole points, Bopping jumped above Styke in the championship standings to sit third - Credit: Aaryn MInerds

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