KTM Motocross Racing Team’s Kirk Gibbs has confirmed his attendance for the final round of the 2015 MXGP World Championship on 19-20 September.
Story by Hayden Gregory
Gibbs is set to realise his dream of racing internationally next month with a start at Glen Helen raceway. The MX1 champion was disappointed in being overlooked for the Australian MXoN team, however, the opportunity to race in the MXGP World Championship is a fantastic chance for him to prove his worth on the global stage.
The opportunity is a due reward for Gibbs who dominated the 2015 MX Nationals becoming the first KTM rider to win the top class since Craig Anderson in 2002.
“I’m 100 percent confirmed for Glen Helen,” Gibbs explained. “I’m going, I found out like two days ago. Once I didn’t get the des Nations gig we tried really hard to get over there and I’m really looking forward to it.
“We’re getting a bike and support from KTM and I’m going to be pitted out of the Troy Lee Designs team’s truck. I’m really looking forward to getting that overseas experience and obviously witness how fast those guys are over there.
“Hopefully just go there and put in some good rides, you know? I’m coming back to 100 percent now and really confident to go in there. I’m going to put in a couple of weeks hard training and hopefully get some good results.”
Despite the opportunity to race abroad, Gibbs has ensured fans he will be back in Australia to defend his MX1 class title.
“For now I don’t think the international thing’s going to work out,” Gibbs added. “Obviously I need to get noticed, so this Glen Helen thing’s a good step in the right direction, but they probably wouldn’t know too much about me just yet.
“Hopefully this is a big step and hopefully I can do well and get noticed, for maybe in the years to come. I think next year I will be back here to defend this title.”
Speculation is circulating that teenage sensation Caleb Ward could be drafted by KTM to join Kirk Gibbs and Luke Styke in 2016, bolstering an already impressive line-up.