The KTM Motocross Racing Team have announced that 23-year-old American Kyle Peters will stand in for injured Kirk Gibbs in the premier class of this year's Australian Supercross championship.
Australian Motocross Vice Champion Gibbs broke his femur in a training incident just a week ago, ruling him out of his intended representation in the Australian MXoN team, and his part in this year's Australian Supercross Championship, which begins at Jimboomba, Queensland on September 17.
Peters, who had arrived early in the country late last month to take up guest rides in the last two rounds of the MX Nationals, jumped at the chance to fill in on the KTM factory team, and has transitioned smoothly onto the KTM 450 SX-F.
‰ÛÏI'm beyond stoked to be on a team like this with this kind of structure, and capability." Peters said. "It's an awesome opportunity for me and it's going to be a good experience and a great season. I‰Ûªve ridden Supercross the past five years in the States, and ridden the Australian series here in 2014.
"I finished seventh in West Coast points for the Lites. The bike is just unreal, I had a Husky back home for a little while and it was pretty similar, but as far as the motor and suspension and chassis and how it all works, this is a million times better and it's a fantastic bike. I‰Ûªm stoked to be riding it.
"My goal for the Supercross season is just to be on the box every weekend, and if I can get a championship out of that, that's the ultimate goal, but mainly just keep progressing week by week and I think it'll be a good season for sure. I love it in Australia, I stayed on the Gold Coast for awhile, and now I'm close to Melbourne. Everything's been awesome, there are so many people out here that are super friendly and awesome people so it‰Ûªs been a great time.‰Û