KTM continuity an added power for Gibbs in 2023


Information 16 Jan 2023


KTM continuity an added power for Gibbs in 2023

Former nationwide champion leaving no stone unturned this season.

Picture: Foremost Media.

The continuity of remaining with the KTM Racing Staff for a second consecutive season is an added power for former nationwide champion Kirk Gibbs, who seems to be to make use of acquainted environment to assist enhance his 2023 Penrite ProMX title cost.

Gibbs reunited with the Austrian producer final 12 months after departing to CDR Yamaha Monster Power in 2019, then spending a single marketing campaign with Honda Racing in 2021.

Struggling a foot damage within the build-up to ProMX final 12 months, Gibbs progressively improved throughout the primary two rounds earlier than placing at Wodonga to qualify quickest. He backed that by posting the quickest time within the High 10 Shootout throughout the next spherical at Maitland, earlier than severely tearing his UCL whereas trying set to combat for victory within the opening moto.

Regardless of the operation previous to Coffs Harbour, Gibbs delivered his strongest total of the season at spherical six with P2, and finally completed fifth within the MX1 standings along with his share of misfortune all year long. Gibbs confronted an extended low season than most, opting to not compete within the Australian Supercross Championship (AUSX) however is fired up for what lies forward.

“A little bit of an prolonged time-off from nationals, clearly I don’t do Supercross so just a little bit longer lay off I suppose for me,” Gibbs mentioned to MotoOnline. “It was good, I solely had a couple of weeks off after which simply began getting again into it.

“I didn’t have a motorbike for a short while, so the off-bike stuff actually took over after which the on-bike stuff has solely actually simply began within the final month or so. I actually knuckled down, and tried to not go away any stone unturned for subsequent 12 months.

“The previous couple of years, clearly swapping producers made it just a little bit more durable, so staying with one thing I do know and within the model is admittedly good, and actually good for me.

“I knuckled down on some issues that I actually assume I wanted to work on, and I’m actually trying ahead to ’23. I really feel that the brand new bike is nice, we’ve been engaged on it and we’re in a extremely great spot already. Seeking to come out firing for ’23 and actually need to be proper up the entrance and battle for that primary plate.”

As Gibbs indicated, he won’t solely get pleasure from acquainted environment for 2023 however will likely be outfitted with the newest KTM 450 SX-F to assist in his MX1 title bid, having final gained the premier class title in 2015 with the model.

“Yeah the brand new ’23 is superior, I had a two-stroke there to do a good bit of driving on it earlier than I bought a 450, so I used to be fairly comfy on the brand new form,” Gibbs continued. “It clearly is rather a lot completely different with the brand new body and stuff like that, I felt comfortable and at residence, and it’s simply actually been dialling it in to get it how I would like it.”

The 2023 Penrite ProMX Championship commences at Wonthaggi on 5 March, with Gibbs to be joined by MX2 contenders Nathan Crawford and Kayden Minear in KTM Racing Staff’s assault.

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