Serco Yamaha Metal Mulisha Racing Revealed for 2012

Serco Motorsport in association with Yamaha and Metal Mulisha  are proud to reveal the 2012 Serco Yamaha Metal Mulisha Racing Team,  featuring Kirk Gibbs and Luke Styke.

Serco Motorsport has been the  official Pro Lites Yamaha factory team for 10 years and in that time has  achieved remarkable success. 2011 series saw the team, with Kirk Gibbs at the  controls, come a very close second in the Pro Lites championship but the bar  has been raised for 2012 and the team is shooting for the top step of the  podium.

Kirk Gibbs returns to the Serco squad for his fourth  consecutive year in a relationship that continues to grow. Gibbs came within  10 points of winning last years' series but some soul searching and a  return to his South Australian base has him revitalized and ready to go.

"I have been second in the championship for the past two years so  at the end of the year, I sat down and looked at what I did and how I can  improve it. I felt if I kept doing the same things, I would get the same  results, so I moved back to South Australia, changed up my training a bit and  I'm now feeling as fit and as fresh as I ever have."

"My  motivation may have changed but the goal hasn't and I want to win the Pro  Lites MX Nationals this year," Gibbs states.

Alongside Gibbs  will be Nowra based Luke Styke. The 2009 Under 19 National championship had a  disappointing year in 2010 but fought his way back onto a factory team with  gritty, determined rides in the 2011 championship then grabbed his  opportunity when raced the Super X championship for Serco, taking an  impressive third overall for the championship.

"The past 12  months has taught me a lot of things and the most important being that you  can't rest on your laurels. You are only as good as your last race and if  you don't put the work in during the week, then that result is never going  to be as good as it should."

"I got a nice reward for my work  in Super X by finishing on the podium and that has given me a real boost  heading into 2012. I know my bikes will be awesome and I will head to the  start line prepared and ready to race. I can't wait," Styke said.

Team owner Gavin Eales feels he has a strong chance at success in  2012 and backs his riders and technical staff to get the job done this  season.

"We were close to a championship last year but that's  not good enough so during the off season myself and Michael Marty (Crew  Chief) sat down and really tried to fine tune everything on the team. From  the bikes, to the riders, the products we use and everyone's role within  it. It was a full team review and I believe we are a better team because of  it and I look forward to seeing the guys in action," Eales states.

"We are also excited about our new relationship with Metal Mulisha and  our continued relationship with Yoshimura. The team will wear Metal Mulisha  clothing off the track and the riders will showcase their range of racing  gear on it and I'm sure we will stand out from the crowd."

Metal Mulisha founder and FMX pioneer, Brain Deegan also commented on the  new arrangement. "My background is racing so for me to be able to sponsor a  team has always been a goal of mine! I am looking forward to tearing up the  scene down under.”

The Serco Motorsport / Yamaha relationship is  now in its 11th year and both parties continue to strive for  success.

"Gavin, Michael and the Serco team have done a great  job representing Yamaha and the YZ250F in the Pro Lites class in  Australia," states Yamaha motorsport Manager, Ray Howard. "They have put  in plenty of work throughout the off season and worked closely with Yamaha to  get the best from the bikes and together we expect another successful  campaign in 2012."

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Team Structure
Team Manager: Gavin  Eales
Crew Chief: Michael Marty
Technicians: Peter Rabjones   (Luke Styke) / Joel Reynolds (Kirk Gibbs)
Technical Support: Andrew  Stoppa
Riders: # 5 – Kirk Gibbs / #6 – Luke Styke
Team Sponsors: Serco Motorsport / Yamaha Australia  / Yoshimura / Metal Mulisha / MSR / Pirelli / RK / Excel /Globalcote/ Wossner  Piston / Cometic Gasket/ Hotcams / Factory Effex / Hinson / No toil / SPP/  Dynojet / Spitwater/ Protaper / 100% <>
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