Flying start at world motocross
FOR a kid in a foreign land Dean Ferris gave a good account of himself at his world motocross championship debut on Sunday.
The 19-year-old from Kyogle travelled to Teutschenthal, Germany, for the biggest race of his life and came home with a credible 16th among the best in the world.
But the journey to Germany wasn’t about results; it was one big learning curve.
And the teenager learnt plenty.
“I didn’t qualify so well so it was difficult to get a good start,” Ferris said.
“For the first moto I made some changes to the gearing and I think I went the wrong way and it was really hard for me to ride.”
Riding for the Honda Martin team the youngster carded a 22nd and a 14th place in two races to land the top-20 finish, but after experiencing racing at the highest level, he is understandably keen for more.
“I was battling for 19th and I felt like I should have been in the top 15 quite easily,” he said.
“We went back to the original settings in the second moto and I fought my way back up to 14th.”
As in everything, practice makes perfect.
“Everything was new for me, the format, the bike, but the team was really helpful,” he said.
“It wasn’t too bad for my first time.”
Ferris returns home this week to prepare for the Australian Motocross Championships at Albury over the weekend.
He finished third at that event last year and hopes to climb higher on the podium this time around.