Styke was a cut above the rest of the field in the MX2 class, taking control of all three of the moto’s held for the round and rode off to convincing wins. Styke had all bases covered with good starts, impressive track speed and amazing fitness to take the round win, his first in MX2 competition. Styke now sits on top of the championship points after two rounds holding a 132 points stat while ahead of Gibbs on 119.
M/M: Nice work out there Styke! Tell us what is going through your mind right now?
STYKE: “Wow, what a day! I always come to a race trying to win every race but it rarely happens, so I’m pretty pumped about today.
The most pleasing thing was, that after round one I said I needed to work on starts and my first lap.
I did that and then came back two weeks later and all that work showed up instantly as my starts were good and my first lap exactly what I wanted.”
M/M: How did the bike feel out on the track?
STYKE: “My bike was perfect today and the fact the Kirk and I were up the front and finished 1-2 shows how good our YZ250F’s are.”
Most riders would be happy with second place, but Kirk Gibbs left the Coonabarabran circuit frustrated as small mistakes crept into his racing. Gibbs was up front early in both moto’s 1 and 2, only to tip over both times and have to fight his way back through the field.The talented racer charged back to 5-4 positions in those moto’s before posting a solid 2nd place in the final race of the day to finish 2nd for the round and made it a Serco Yamaha 1-2 for the round and the championship after two rounds.
M/M: Gibbs how was it out there for you today? You got caught up and came back like a champ…
GIBBS: “Considering those silly crashes I had, to finish second was ok, but I shouldn’t be making those mistakes and it’s something that doesn’t happen often. The 1-2 finish was great for the team and things will really get going over the next few rounds as the tracks get softer and we race in sand and loamy conditions.”
Round two Results – MX2
1. Luke Styke 75 – Serco Yamaha
2. Kirk Gibbs 56 – Serco Yamaha
3. Kade Mosig 53- Kawasaki
4. Cheyne Boyd 52 – Honda
5. Ford Dale 48 – Honda
6. Scott Columb 48 – Suzuki
7. Errol Willis 46 – Suzuki
8. Justin McDonald 40 – Honda
9. Ryan Marmont 39 – KTM
10. Josh Cachia 36- KTM
Championship Standings – After Round Two
1. Luke Styke 132
2. Kirk Gibbs 119
3. Ford Dale 110
4. Kade Mosig 97
5. Josh Cachia 92
6. Justin McDonald 88
7. Cheyne Boyd 87
8. Adam Monea 80
9. Errol Willis 76
10. Ryan Marmont 67