-- Gibbs King of the Cross
Motorex KTM rider Kirk Gibbs is the new “King of the Cross” after winning the
Cliff’s Natural Resources King of the Cross event today at Southern Cross, 360
kilometres east of Perth in the Eastern Wheatbelt region of Western Australia.
The event saw several national level pros and many of the state’s top locals vie
for a share of $45,000 prizemoney including a $10,000 winner’s purse, and Gibbs
made the event his biggest win of the year.
The result was made even more special after Gibbs came back from a first moto
crash in which he came together with team mate Todd Waters at the first turn.
After extricating his leg from the back wheel and salvaging 8th place, Gibbs
strung together four back-to-back wins to claim the crown in deserving fashion.
Waters withdrew from the event after a race three fall in which he fell on his
recovering shoulder, and decided that with a delicately poised MX Nationals
championship title fight to be resumed next weekend - discretion was the better
part of valour.
Kirk Gibbs: “In that first race I drifted out wide at the first turn, got on the
throttle early and shot back inside, straight into Todd who was coming up the
inside and we both went down. It was my fault and I take full responsibility. I
got my leg caught in the back wheel but eventually got going and came eighth in
that. In the next four I got a couple of holeshots, and had to pass Jake in
another couple, and ended up winning the overall.
The WA people are really kind and nice and very keen, we were signing all day
and giving stuff out. It helps the sport and gets more people around so it’s
great to be able to do this, and to give back to KTM, who give us so much.”
Todd Waters: “Not my best day today. I’d already pitted in the first race to
straighten my brake pedal, then in the third race I came from sixth and caught
up to Marmont but the dust had gotten really bad if you weren’t leading. His
engine blew up on the down ramp of a jump and dumped its oil and I landed in it
and my bike washed out on me. I hit the deck and jarred my collarbone which gave
me a scare. I realised I’d be silly to put my Nationals chances at risk when I’m
out of contention here. If it was a national I’d have been out there with bells
on but I’ve got bigger fish to fry in a week’s time, so I decided not to put
myself at risk."
Cliff’s Natural Resources King of the Cross 2013 Provisional Results:
1. Kirk Gibbs
2. Jake Moss
3. Cody Mackie
4. Louis Calvin