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