Gibson Heads East

Star Racing Yamaha rider hopes to continue improving his results; set to compete in select rounds on the East Coast

MURRIETA, Calif., (February 10, 2004) — Star Racing Yamaha’s Jeff Gibson began the 2004 supercross season with high ambitions. The 21-year-old wanted to improve on his career-best 8th place overall finish in the 2002 125 East Series.

After finishing an unfortunate 17th place at the Anaheim season opener, Gibson regrouped and put in an impressive eighth place finish the next weekend in Phoenix.

Gibson explained, “It seems like someone runs into me almost every week in practice or the afternoon qualifiers. There was a big pileup in the main event at Anaheim, and it was just my luck that I got caught up in it. Thankfully, my luck seemed to change at Phoenix. I started in 15th or 16th place and finished in eighth. It felt really good to have a strong race and move my Yamaha into the top ten.

Gibson’s good fortune did not continue at Round Three in Anaheim; he finished in 18th place.

The San Diego round was even worse for Gibson. He crashed in his afternoon qualifier and was taken to a nearby hospital for a suspected ruptured spleen and broken wrist. Fortunately, neither diagnosis was accurate.

The third Anaheim round was better for the Westerville, Ohio resident but still far short of his expectations. “I finished 13th which was good considering how sore I was from the previous week. I jammed my wrist badly in that crash at San Diego and I still wasn’t feeling 100 percent, said Gibson.

Last weekend, Gibson made marked improvement in San Francisco. He put in an impressive ride in his evening qualifier, holding off Factory Honda rider Nathan Ramsey for third place. In the main event, he started in 13th place and finished in 8th which made him the event’s top privateer.

“I felt really good in San Francisco. It was the first week my injuries felt better. All of my training and preparation finally seems to be paying off, and I’m really excited to be riding the East Series, said Gibson.

Gibson is in 12th place in the West Series with 41 points. He will race select rounds of the East Series. He is sponsored by Star Racing, Yamaha, O’Neal, Bobby J’s, Enzo, Spy, Gaerne and EVS.

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