Deans stunning debut
KYOGLE motocross racer Dean Ferris showed age is no barrier as he made a stunning Pro National debut in the sixth round of the Nokia MX Nationals held on the rough, rutted and undulating Echo Valley circuit at Toowoomba last weekend.
Ferris, whose star has been on the rise all season racing in the Australian Under-19s championship, thrust himself into the spotlight by finishing second in the second race of the day.
Despite qualifying only 13th, Ferris who rides for the GYTR/Yamaha Queensland Dealer Team remained confident.
"I tried to pump out three fast laps and I crashed on every one of them, so if I was still 13th fastest and had a little lay-down each time, I knew with a good start I was fast enough to run up the front," he said.
In the first race, Ferris rounded the first turn inside the top 10 then picked off riders each lap and was soon in the top five.
That charge took him to third and closing on the leaders, only to lose the front end in a muddy section of track and fall off.
The crash damaged his bike's radiator and Ferris was unable to finish.
"Although I didn't finish, I think I proved that I was fast enough to run with these guys," he said.
In the second race he fired off a top 10 start and again began to reel in the front-runners.
He diced with Cody Mackie for a few laps before Mackie tasted the dirt, then blasted past Adam Monea and into second place a position he held until the finish.
"I'm pretty excited," Ferris said just after the finish. "I had a goal to run top five but to finish second is more than I expected.
"It showed that us Under-19 guys are good enough and gives the class some credibility.
"I want to thank a heap of people who have given me this opportunity. GYTR/Queensland Yamaha Dealer Team, Pro Griffin Yamaha, my riding coach Dave Harvey and Galvo for swinging off the pit board all day.
"It was a great team effort."