On paper, the New Zealand championship doesn‰Ûªt look as difficult to win as it always turns out to be. Australian riders have struggled there in the past and really the only two riders to have won there in the past decade are yourself and Jay Wilson. What makes winning a NZ National so hard?
GIBBS: Cody Cooper makes it hard in MX1. He is an experienced and determined racer that knows how to get it done in NZ. He knows the tracks extremely well, is an awesome starter and still carries good speed for the full 20 minutes. This year, I think I had a little bit of speed on him but my starts at round one weren‰Ûªt so good, but I worked hard on those and once I was able to be a consistent top three starter, the race results came a little easier. But racing Cody in New Zealand is a challenge and he is still a great rider.
Again, it came down to a last race deal with yourself and Cody Cooper but you did have small points buffer on him going into the last race, so were you confident you could get the job done?
GIBBS: I had a seven point buffer going into the last race and that was because I won the first moto of the day which not only gave me some extra points but also some confidence to run his speed at Taupo.
I was confident going into the last race as with seven points, I could still finish third and secure the championship and because the depth isn‰Ûªt that strong in MX1 in New Zealand at the moment, I knew I just had to get a good start, stay out of trouble and that would be enough to get the championship.