Aussie champ makes tracks to Bay
Hervey Bay Motocross Club hosts 350 riders for series thisweekend
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.
motocross CHAMP: 2015 Australian
will ride this champion Kirk Gibbs weekend at Hervey Bay.