Aussie champ makes tracks to Bay

Her­vey Bay Mo­tocross Club hosts 350 rid­ers for se­ries thisweek­end

Isis Town and Country - - Life - By JO KENNEDY

AUS­TRALIAN mo­tocross cham­pion Kirk Gibbs will be among 350 rid­ers tak­ing to Her­vey Bay’s sand track this week­end.

The cur­rent champ is rid­ing in the first round of the RXT Shell Ad­vance Sun­shine State MX Se­ries this Sun­day.

Af­ter hav­ing four months off be­cause of a hip and pelvis in­jury suf­fered while prac­tic­ing for the Aus­tralian Su­per­cross se­ries at the end of last year, Gibbs said, even though he hadn’t had the best lead-up to this sea­son, he was keen to kick it off.

“I’m just try­ing to get a few races un­der my belt,” he said.

Even though the champ still gets ner­vous at the start of a race he said he wasn’t feel­ing the pres­sure of com­ing into the sea­son as num­ber one.

“I feel like with Dean (Fer­ris) and Todd (Wa­ters) com­ing back... I think there is a bit more hype around the two guys from Europe com­ing back. I feel like even though I won last year I’m still a lit­tle bit of an un­der­dog -which is good for me.”

The last time Gibbs rode at Her­vey Bay was for the MX Na­tion­als in 2013 and it was his rookie year on the 450cc.

“I didn’t go as good as I’d like to, but it was just a learn­ing year for me.”

A lot has changed since then and the fac­tory KTM Aus­tralia rider is now the owner of the num­ber one plate in the coun­try af­ter tak­ing out the MX Na­tion­als last year.

“Hope­fully this week­end com­ing, we have some good races and good bat­tles with some of the faster boys.”

The 27-year-old will no doubt take the charge in Sun­day’s rac­ing and was full of praise for the lo­cal track.

“It’s re­ally good. It def­i­nitely forms up re­ally nicely and gets re­ally rough so it’s some­thing us guys re­ally look for­ward to,” he said.

Gibbs’ tips for young rid­ers for the week­end were to stay light on the sand and stay on top of it.

The Her­vey Bay Mo­tocross Club vol­un­teers have been work­ing hard to pre­pare the fa­cil­i­ties for the two-day meet.

“We have been busy mak­ing a few changes and re­pairs to the track. Also we have put up some new fenc­ing and seat­ing for our spectators,” the club’s spokesper­son said.

“The track is in mint con­di­tion so we are hop­ing for some great rac­ing on both days.”

Ju­nior rid­ers will hit the track on Satur­day and se­niors kick off on Sun­day. Rac­ing starts at 8am both days.

Among the lo­cals tak­ing part this week­end is Bund­aberg’s up­com­ing pro­fes­sional rider Zac Small who is com­pet­ing in the Pro and In­ter­me­di­ate MX2 and MX1 class. Join­ing him is also Bund­aberg lo­cal rider Brodie Downes in the MX1 class.

Both guys will be hop­ing a lit­tle lo­cal knowl­edge will give them an ad­van­tage over Gibbs.

Full can­teen and bar fa­cil­i­ties will be avail­able both days.

En­try on Satur­day is $5 for adults and $2 for chil­dren or $10 for a fam­ily (two adults and two chil­dren).

Sun­day’s en­try will cost $10 for adults and $5 for chil­dren or $20 for a fam­ily.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Her­vey Bay Mo­tocross Club and its events com­ing up, keep an eye on their Face­book page.

PHOTO: WAR­REN LY­NAM AND CON­TRIB­UTED

mo­tocross CHAMP: 2015 Aus­tralian

will ride this cham­pion Kirk Gibbs week­end at Her­vey Bay.

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