Crunch weekend for Kyogle Supercross star
THE fourth and fifth rounds of the Australian Supercross Championship this weekend shape as important rides for Kyogle motorcycle racer Dean Ferris.
At the halfway point of the series he is second overall but 13 points behind Justin Brayton, who has won the first three rounds.
The AUS-X Open at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney over the next two days is the premier event on the calendar.
It features one of the deepest field of riders in the series with Ferris coming off back-to-back second placings behind Brayton in the first two rounds.
Ferris allowed him some breathing space after finishing fourth in the third round in Adelaide.
"I enjoy racing with Justin but I am desperate to beat him,” Ferris said.
"He was a little better than me in the whoops at Bacchus Marsh (Victoria) and he is very consistent with his lap speed, so those are two key points I've been working on.”
Despite strong interest from overseas, Ferris returned to the CDR Yamaha fold for the third straight season.
Weighing up his options wasn't easy as he still has an urge to race internationally at the highest level, especially after a one-off appearance in the US brought a top-two moto finish.
But with a tight racing economy, his options were limited.
"My decision didn't include other teams in Australia,” Ferris said.
"If the right opportunity presented itself in the US I would have looked into it but if I was staying in Australia it was always going to be CDR Yamaha.
"The past two years have been the best of my career and I have formed some great relationships in the team.”
The final round is at Jimboomba in Queensland next weekend.