Motocross

Waters shoots for three in a row at Wonthaggi MXN Round

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As the cream of Australian motocross prepares for this Sunday's third round of the MX Nationals at Wonthaggi, Motorex KTM team mates Todd Waters and Kirk Gibbs are relaxed and looking to build excellent last-start performances at the challenging Victorian track.

Waters has had a stellar opening to the season, winning the first two rounds on his KTM450SX, despite misfortune in the first race at Murray Bridge last Sunday.

The Queenslander recovered his composure after falling and finishing fifth in the first leg to dominate the second and secure the overall, in the process extending his lead to 19 points.

"I've had a few days of fun this week hanging out with Kirk. We went clay shooting down on the beach with some friends and had good fun, but Kirk and I were pulling the trigger at the same time so we couldn't tell which one of us was the better shot!" Waters explained.

"This weekend we're at Wonthaggi which is a sandy surface and most sandy circuits I like so I'm looking forward to racing there. It's a tough track in that it goes from sandy to hardpack so there's two different disciplines.

"It's also normally pretty cold there too which is a challenge for me being from Cairns, I've got to make sure wear a bit extra and warm up a lot more.

"The championship is going according to plan for us and I've got to focus on continually working to make myself and my bike better and not focus on anything else but that." Waters added.
Gibbs will be looking for more top results this weekend after a 4th place moto at Murray Bridge - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Motorex KTM team mate Kirk Gibbs shook off a first round injury and a first moto puncture last Sunday to crack his first top-five in the big league of MX1 - a fourth place in the second moto.

The result may have blind-sided some but to Gibbs and the team it's nothing less than what he is capable of and the South Australian is hungry for more.

"I rode a couple of days this week and I'll be back out tomorrow." Gibbs stated. "Things are going alright for us now and I've got to keep working on the start and staying out of trouble in the first few laps.

"Forty bikes into Turn 1 can be pretty scary but at least everbody's pretty switched on in this class so you don't have a lot of guys making out-of-control decisions was common in the Lites class where people are a bit more indecisive.

"Sunday I just want to get through first and not deal with 40 other people.," he added.

"For me Wonthaggi is a good track - I've had good and bad results there, but this weekend I just want to ride my best and put in two solid motos. My first round was tough, the second time I got one good result, so to put two decent races together this time round would be nice."

Rob Twyerould, Team Manager is looking forward to the Wonthaggi round and knows his team riders are ready to go after spending time both riding and relaxing during the week.

"I'm really looking forward to this one, Wonthaggi is a really good track that is loamy, and if it's prepped like it normally is we'll see some fantastic racing on a track that will get rough and tough." Twyerould enthused.

"The boys spent the week in South Australia not just riding but relaxing and getting up to all sorts of things and having fun so I think they'll be really ready to go.

"As a fan of Australian motocross the first two rounds of the championship have been awesome with the weather and crowds, and the lineups at our tent to get Todd's and Kirk's signatures have been incredible. It's been really nice to see a lot of support and the championship has been very well fought.

"We've still got some competition we've got to be worried about. I think both boys will be on fire this weekend. Kirk will carry that second moto result from Murray Bridge and I'd expect him to be very competitive and aiming for a top five in both motos. He deserves it, he's worked hard and he has the potential to do that," the experience team owner continued.

"Todd was so disappointed and so angry with himself after that first moto last weekend I think he'll have a bit of a fire in the belly this weekend and want to stamp his authority. You can't win a championship in three rounds but you can make a statement.

The bike so far this year has been incredible not only from a power perspective but visually on the track it's been really impressive to watch and touch wood very reliable. The way Todd rode at Murray Bridge the bike was allowing him to do this thing like a BMX bunny hop off a table top and over some ruts and braking bumps into the next corner and really letting him be creative on the track." Twyerould concluded.

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Top Image: Waters will look to make it three overall round wins from this this weekend
Credit: Aaryn Minerds

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