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Last year’s iteration of the Motocross
des Nations at Matterly Basin featured
the same overcast skies and miserable weather as RedBud this year, although
the conditions of the track weren’t quite as similar. Anyways, Kirk Gibbs proved his ability to rise to the occasion in adverse conditions as he ended up 6th overall in the Open division in 2017 with a total of 24 points to his name. The Australian finished 5th in the MX2 + Open race and beat his young and upcoming teammate, Hunter Lawrence, quite handily with an extremely impressive ride. It undoubtedly boosted his confidence to see the forecast for the 2018 Motocross des Nations at RedBud, but the weather didn’t work as much in his favor this year. Gibbs admittedly struggled with the outside gate picks on the final day of racing and that really caused Team Austra- lia some trouble in the final moto as he was involved in a first turn pile-up that ruined their chances at the overall podium. Gibbs showed his potential to finish close to the top ten in the opening moto with a 14th place finish, but the first turn crash forced him into a 33rd place result in the final moto, therefore serving as Team Australia’s dropped score.

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