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KTM Australia MX Riders Ready For NZ MX Finale

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The NZ champs are a traditional annual pilgrimage for the KTM Motocross Racing Team as it builds towards the Australian MX Nationals and Australian Motocross Vice Champion Kirk Gibbs holds second in the series behind defending champion Cody Cooper.

Gibbs has had two runner-up finishes from the three rounds thus far, both notably on tracks he had never seen before, and the Queensland-based South Australian hopes his experience and past success at Pukekohe will provide the catalyst for a barn-storming finish.

Gibbs would need to make up 20 points on Cooper to steal the title, but stranger things have happened in motocross.

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs been really good, we got to a school and did a thing for the upcoming race through KTM, and it was really cool to see all the kids and how excited they get." Gibbs commented about the time he has spent in New Zealand between rounds three and four. "You forget about that, how young you once were, and how excited you were about all that sort of stuff so that was kind of awesome to put some smiles on some faces.

We've been staying at Mt Manganui which is a really nice place on the peninsula, so it's just been a really good time. We got a big day in the other day, Ben Townley took us to a track he knows and we did another yesterday, and now it‰Ûªs just started raining!

"It's meant to get a lot of rain in the next couple of days so we'll see, if it's really muddy at this particular track, it could be pretty wild.‰Û
Luke Styke is looking for a solid final hitout in the lead up to the opening round of the 2015 MX Nationals
KTM teammate and MX1 rookie Luke Styke has had an up-and-down series results wise, but gained a mountain of experience in racing the 450s.

Now recovered from the beating he took in the first turn last weekend when he was run over by a number of riders, the former MX2 Aussie Champ is hoping to go out on a high, though the predicted rain could provide an extra challenge.

‰ÛÏWe've been riding a few local tracks this week and got a few motos done, done a little bit of filming with Lusty Industries and Troy Lee." Styke Explained. "Start of the week I was just trying to get my body right, I was a bit tweaked up so I had to do the physio to get straightened back up.

"I'm really motivated to do well this weekend, but there's a bit of rain around so it might be a mud race yet. I go fairly good in the mud usually, so we'll just take it easy and see.‰Û

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