Dean’s desert storm in Qatar
DEAN Ferris is eyeing more success after making a commendable start to his 2013 FIM Motocross World Championships campaign.
The Kyogle rider recorded an overall second-place finish in the MX2 class in the opening roundin Qatar.
Despite challenging twilight conditions, the Dixon Monster Energy Yamaha racer put in an accomplished display.
Ferris, who finished second behind Red Bull KTM competitor Jeffrey Herlings, was delighted with his achievement.
"Obviously it's good to be on the podium and the season could not have started in a better way," he said.
"I've raced quite a bit of super-cross in Australia, so the lights were okay for me.
"The hardest thing was trying to see areas of traction in the dirt, but the lighting was good.
"I hope when I get a bit more comfortable I can try to get closer to Jeffrey's speed, but the goal right now is to get on the podium every weekend."
Ferris racked up 38 points from his races to take second spot at the event, the first stop on the year's circuit.
Races will take place across the globe as part of the competition.
The event was one of the first for the Yamaha team for Ferris, who is steadily building a reputation in the sport.
He joined the team from Ice One Kawasaki last year and spent time practising in England in the off-season.
Ferris, who was riding his team's YZ250F bike, said it was great to be back in action for the year.
"I was excited out there, battling all those 450s," he said.
"I think the Yamaha is definitely the best bike I have ridden for any team I've represented.
"The guys put in a lot of work to make it the best and that gives me a lot of confidence."
The second round of this year's championships is in Thailand this weekend.