It was a hard day's night for the members of the KTM Motocross Racing Team as this year's Australian Supercross championship season kicked off at Jimboomba, south of Brisbane.
Standing in for injured Australian Motocross Vice Champion Kirk Gibbs, 23-year-old American Kyle Peters began the round spectacularly well, qualifying fastest, at the head of a highly competitive premier class field.
However, while recovering from a poor start and making his way back through the field, Peters made a small mistake and copped a big punishment, crashing out heavily just after the middle of the race, and sustaining a laceration to his wrist which required six stitches.
‰ÛÏThe first race of the season was a tough one for sure." Peters said. "Practice went really well, I qualified first, and coming into the night show I was running second in the heat race, but I ended up crashing and finishing seventh.
"In the main event I got an okay start and was coming through the pack, but ended up crashing and it was a pretty big one so that knocked me out of the race. I ended up going over the bars and something cut my hand, and I ended up having to get six stitches on the end of my palm. Overall it was a tough night but I definitely came out with some positives, and I know what I need to work on.‰Û