Arbon and Gibbs Look to Utilise Home Ground Advantage

Luke Arbon
Luke Arbon

Both riders will look to impress in front of home fans as they chase their respective MX National titles.

By Hayden Gregory
Luke Arbon
Luke Arbon

The fourth round of the Motul MX Nationals will be held at Murray Bridge, South Australia, this weekend. SD3 Husqvarna’s Luke Arbon currently sits 11 points off the lead in the MX2 class and is hoping his impressive track record will continue at home.

“I’m feeling good ahead of this weekend, the season has been going well and I’m really looking forward to Murray Bridge. The last two years there I’ve finished on the podium and it’s been the turning point in my championship, so hopefully this weekend is the same and I come out on top,” he said.

“It’s always a bonus to be able to stay in your own bed and have dinner at home before a race weekend. I’m going to try and treat it as a normal night, and just relax and take advantage of the fact that home isn’t too far from the track.

“Murray Bridge always gets a big turnout of friends, family and fans, and I think especially having Brett Metcalfe racing will give people even more reason to come out and support us.”

KTM’s Kirk Gibbs is just one point behind MX1 leader Dean Ferris and is hopeful the support of family and friends can help him snatch the red leader’s plate.

“I’m looking forward to this weekend, I don’t get to go home much these days and I only race in South Australia once a year so it’s going to be good to get back – I’m really going to enjoy it,” he said.

It’s always cool to see so many familiar faces at Murray Bridge, and have that extra bit of support by having lots of my family and friends there. It’s going to be nice to catch up with everyone and hopefully I can put on a good show for the home crowd.

“I’ve had some good results at Murray Bridge in the past but it doesn’t necessarily give me an advantage – all of the guys are riding very well, so I’m just going to do my best and try and put myself in the best position possible.”

Gates will drop at Murray Bridge this Sunday, May 22nd.

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