The KTM Motocross Racing Team is gearing up to kick-off its 2018 Pirelli MX Nationals campaign this weekend at the Maffra circuit in Newry, Victoria, which is set to host the season-opening round.
Team riders Kirk Gibbs, Luke Clout and Egan Mastin have demonstrated positive form throughout the pre-season, indicating preparations are well on-track for a successful 10-round season ahead.
Former premier class champion Gibbs, who just wrapped up the New Zealand MX Nationals crown, is looking to add another Australian title to his and KTM‰Ûªs credit, embarking on his sixth season aboard the highly-capable KTM 450 SX-F. The number five is feeling as confident as ever, exiting one of the best pre-seasons he has had to date.
‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs definitely vital to start the season off well, the depth of the field is really good at the moment, but in saying that, I‰Ûªm coming off the championship win in New Zealand ‰ÛÒ I‰Ûªm feeling so much more confident in myself and the bike, there‰Ûªs just much more going for me than what we had against us last year," Gibbs said. "I‰Ûªm definitely not short of confidence coming into the first round, I‰Ûªm definitely in the right place ‰ÛÒ when you feel good and the mind is right, things should be reasonably good. This is the best I‰Ûªve felt since 2015.‰Û