Yamaha Racing’s factory supported Pro Lites team, Serco Yamaha today announced Kirk Gibbs will remain with the team in 2010 with the talented young rider re-signing with the leading dirt bike racing operation for another Motocross and Supercross season.
After completing a guest ride with the team and filling in for an injured Jake Moss in 2008, Gibbs made his debut as a full-time factory rider with Serco Yamaha earlier this year and finished the 2009 Australian Motocross Pro Lites Championship fifth. A remarkable achievement considering the 20-year-old carried a back injury for most of the season.
Serco Yamaha Principal, Gavin Eales said it was great to secure Gibbs’ services for another year.
“”Kirk [Gibbs] has shown a lot of potential throughout the year and I think looking ahead, he is one of three riders who have the capability to dominate Motocross and Supercross racing in Australia,” Eales said.
“I was impressed with the effort he put into his racing over the past 12 months especially considering he carried a back injury for most of the motocross season.
“In my mind Kirk will definitely be a top three contender next year and has the capability to take out both the Motocross and Supercross championships.”
Gibbs, who moved from his home of Mount Gambier to Brisbane earlier this year to be closer to the team, said it was an honour to be able to remain with the team that he shares a strong bond with.
“It’s fantastic to have a deal sorted out for 2010 and to know I will be remaining with Serco Yamaha into the future,” Gibbs said, “We have a great relationship – it’s like one big family.”
”Going into Super X it takes a lot of pressure off me so I can just focus on racing. ”
“I would like to thank everybody at Serco Yamaha for the support they have provided me throughout the year and the opportunity to remain with the team going into 2010.”
Gibbs will contest both the 2010 Australian Motocross Championship and Australasian Supercross Championship on a Yamaha YZ250F.