Motocross

KTM Motocross Racing Team Heads To Timaru For Round Two

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The KTM Motocross Racing Team‰Ûªs Kirk Gibbs and Luke Styke are determined to make a strong showing at the weekend‰Ûªs second round of the New Zealand motocross championships at Timaru in New Zealand‰Ûªs South Island.

With Tropical Cyclone Marcia hard on his heels, Queensland-based Gibbs flew down to Sydney last night to ensure he‰Ûªd be able to compete, and left with the team this morning.

Gibbs lies second in the championship, and though strictly speaking he‰Ûªs there as part of the team‰Ûªs traditional NZ pilgrimage to build for the Aussie titles, the KTM 450 SX-F rider admits that winning the championship would also be useful conditioning.

‰ÛÏI flew down to Sydney last night because I was a little bit worried that I wasn't going to get out this morning." Gibbs explained.

"Last time we raced at Timaru it was a bit dusty and it sounds like it might be on that side of things again, but hopefully they can get the water into it. For me it has always been the first round of the series so I've normally got the tongue dragging in the chain a little bit, so it will be good to arrive there in stronger shape.

"I feel like I'm in a good position, and I've been working hard on my starts, so we'll see how we go.‰Û
Luke Styke was the big improver last time out, and while an electrical problem left him down in the standings, the MX1 rookie is rapidly becoming accustomed to the specific demands of the class.
Team mate Luke Styke was the big improver last time out, and while an electrical problem left him down in the standings, the MX1 rookie is rapidly becoming accustomed to the specific demands of the class.

‰ÛÏThe more time I spend on the bike the better I'm feeling." Styke admitted. "My last round was up-and-down results-wise but I feel like I got something good out of it with the speed I showed at the end. There's been two solid weeks of training since then and now I'm keen to get back over there and have another go.

"I haven't seen Timaru before but I've heard it's pretty jumpy so it should be a bit of fun. Everytime I go over there I‰Ûªm always riding new tracks so it's something to look forward to each trip.‰Û

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