Kirk Gibbs in sensational form at Murray Bridge winning all four races
In his third race back from a serious shoulder injury, Jake Moss hit the podium in South Australia
Scans today will reveal the extend on a knee injury to Ford Dale

Gibbs Crushes Opposition in Serco 1-2 at MX Nats

9 May 2011

Serco Yoshimura Yamaha’s Kirk Gibbs realised a dream with a perfect day of racing at round four of the 2011 Rockstar MX Nationals held at Murray Bridge in South Australia.

Gibbs led home the Serco charge taking the round win ahead of team mate Jake Moss, in a welcome return to the podium, and Ford Dale inside the top 10 made it a great day for the Serco Yoshimura Yamaha Team.

Gibbs, a former South Australian now based in Queensland, produced a career defining ride to take pole position in qualifying and then go on to dominate the days racing in the Pro Lites category winning all four races contested for a perfect 100 points.

The number 5 Serco Yoshimura Yamaha rounded the first turn in a top three position and simply motored past his competitors to take control of every race in the early stages and race off into the distance. It was a clinical display and a well deserved reward for the hard work Gibbs and the Serco team have put in over recent weeks.

The huge points haul also enabled Gibbs to more than half the points lead to Matt Moss and bring the Lites championship alive.

“I have been saying for a while that if I can get a start then I think I have what it takes to win races,” Gibbs said from the podium. “Today I proved to myself that I can do it and the countless amounts of starts that I have practiced over the past month really paid off today.”

“We started round four 85 points behind Matt Moss and in one day we have bought that back to 37points. It’s still a big lead but with five rounds left it is something I can chip away at.”

“A huge thanks must go to my team and mechanic, Peter, for their hard work. I also want to thank my family and friends for coming out and supporting me today and I could hear them cheer every lap I rode passed,” Gibbs offered.

Jake Moss bounced back from injury to land on the podium in second place in a hard fought day. Moss continues to take strides forward since recovering from a serious shoulder injury sustained in December and the round four results showed Moss is on track for a full recovery.

Moss finished the day with consistent 5-8-2-4 results and used his years of experience to be well placed at the end of race. While Moss’ speed may not be back to 100% but the shoulder strength and physical conditioning are improving at each round and it won’t be long until Moss is challenging for race and round wins.

“Today was better than the last round and to finish up on the podium was good. I am still struggling with some arm pump and not quiet back to top speed, but I feel like it’s coming and not too far away,” Moss states.

Ford Dale also landed inside the top 10 taking eighth place for the round. Dale crashed heavily in practice and scans this week will determine the damage done to his knee. Dale road in tremendous pain but gutted out 10-6-3-17 places in a character building day for the Queenslander.

“I crashed late in practice and have done some damage to me knee,” Dale says under duress. “I had the Racesafe guys strap it as best they could, but I could feel it popping in and out and when I crashed in the last moto, I heard it pop loudly.

“The results of those scans will determine whether I race the next round or if I require any surgery.”

Team Manager Michael Marty left the Murray Bridge track in a good mood, buoyed by the performance of his riders.

“After a tough start to the championship it’s good to win some races and get the riders up on the podium. Kirk was superb today and he deserved the result after the work he has put in lately. For Jake, the plan was always to see continued improvement as he recovers and today was another step in the right direction. The podium was a bonus. Ford had a tough day. He rides and trains as hard as anyone yet can’t seem to catch a break at the moment. Hopefully the scans will be good and we can have all three guys on the start line at Toowoomba and in good form,” Marty ends.

The Rockstar MX Nationals now heads for the rolling hills and red clay of Echo Valley in Toowoomba, Queensland in a fortnight’s time.

For a full list of results and more information on the Rockstar MX Nationals; www.mxnationals.com.au

Round Four Results – Murray Bridge
Pro Lites

Qualifying : Kirk Gibbs – 1st / Ford Dale – 3rd / Jake Moss – 5th

Rider

Manufacturer

Results

Points

1st Kirk Gibbs

Yamaha

1-1-1-1

100points

2nd Jake Moss

Yamaha

5-8-2-4

69points

3rd Justin MacDonald

Honda

3-3-5-9

68points

4th Keiron Hall

Honda

9-9-8-2

59points

5th Daniel McCoy

Suzuki

6-7-7-7

57points

6th Brendan Harrison

KTM

12-10-4-5

54points

7th Matt Moss

KTM

7-2-16-12

52points

8th Ford Dale

Yamaha

10-6-3-17

50points

9th Luke Styke

Yamaha

11-4-0-3

48points

10th Josh Cachia

KTM

4-13-11-11

46points

   
 Championship Points – After Round Four
Motul Pro Lites
1st Matt Moss 329
2nd Kirk Gibbs 292 (Serco Yoshimura Yamaha)
3rd Brenden Harrison 239
4th Daniel McCoy 231
5th Cody Mackie 216
6th Josh Cachia 215
7th Keiron Hall 212
8th Justin McDonald 204
9th Ford Dale 199 (Serco Yoshimura Yamaha)
10th Phil Nicoletti 197

13th Jake Moss (Serco Yoshimura Yamaha)

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