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Promising ASX Championship Start For Motorex KTM in Darwin

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Despite an early setback, Motorex KTM riders Kirk Gibbs and Daniel McCoy have made promising starts to the Terex Australian Supercross Championship at the weekend‰Ûªs double-header round at Hidden Valley circuit near Darwin.

There pair leaves Darwin 5th and 6th in the championship respectively on 31 points apiece, behind championship leaders Matt Moss (50), Jake Moss (42) and Weston Pieck (36).

Saturday evening‰Ûªs opening round presented an initial hurdle as the track‰Ûªs tendency to deteriorate and form choppy bumps wrong-footed both riders with suspension settings and both struggled with arm pump, McCoy finishing 6th and Gibbs 8th after falling.

The pair regrouped and came out today with some suspension changes and obvious advancements, Gibbs taking the holeshot and leading for the first five laps while McCoy ran fifth. Gibbs fell and remounted to finish fourth, with McCoy in tow in fifth.

Team Manager Rob Twyerould was resonably happy with his riders start to the season and was plesently surprised with the speed shown by first year Pro Open rider Kirk Gibbs, especially in Sunday's qualifying session where he posted the second quickest time of the session.

‰ÛÏI think we had a reasonable start to the series." Twyerould stated. "The boys showed good pace and Kirk was a surprise packet with how fast he was.

"On Sunday there was Mossy and him and no one else under a 1.09 lap time. He‰Ûªs shown genuine speed at supercross and it was an awesome start. He probably didn‰Ûªt need to defend that hard but it‰Ûªs all experience in his first year and the guys race a little different," Twyerould added regarding Gibbs crash while leading the main event on Sunday night.

"DMC was solid all weekend, tonight he held off a lot of challengers for that fifth position but he ended up gapping them, then he caught Kirk after he fell and they freight trained around together. It‰Ûªll be good to do a little more testing, the two weeks turnaround after Coolum has been tough," he admitted.
Dylan Long led the way for KTM in the Pro Lites class with a podium finish on Saturday - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
It was also a good weekend for KTM's racers in the MX2 class with privateers Dylan Long and Kale Makeham leading the way finishing the weekend in fourth and sixth places respectively in the championship.

Brenden Harrison‰Ûªs exciting return did not pan out quite as the Choice Motorsports KTM competitor had hoped, and despite qualifying fastest on Saturday and winning his heat Sunday, he succumbed to arm pump from a lack of recent race time in both longer championship rounds and will leave the NT in 15th place.

Harrison's team-mate Kayne Lamont in his first supercross event had a solid weekend, coming from the rear of the field on both days, finishing in 8th and 7th positions in the two Pro Lites main events and will head to round three being held in Mt Gambier, South Australia 7th in the championship standings.

Top Image: Kirk Gibbs showed plenty of speed in Darwin, qualifying second, winning a heat race and claiming the holeshot in the main event on Sunday.

Credit: Aaryn Minerds

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