Ferris revs up for test at Lierop
DEAN FERRIS is already a star but he is always looking for another mountain to climb.
The 20-year-old motocross man from Kyogle is busy preparing for a race renowned as one of the toughest on the circuit worldwide – Dutch motocross, Lierop.
Ferris has spent countless hours churning through dirt, mud and gravel over the years, but the test in Lierop comes in deep sand.
With this in mind a determined Ferris headed to the fourth round of the Belgian Motocross Championship at the weekend to test himself in on a similar surface.
And there is no doubt he learned plenty.
A snapped clutch cable when in good position in the first moto saw Ferris fall out of contention.
And an errant rival rider who sent him crashing to the sand in the second moto all made for a tough day’s work.
Ferris finished 16th and 20th of 50 in the two races but it was the experience on the sand tracks that he came for.
And that is what he got.
“I just had to smile when I was out there in the second moto, the track was the gnarliest track I have ever ridden,” he said.
“The bike was literally bottoming out over the bumps.”
The highlight of the day for Ferris came when he found himself racing on the tail of two-time world junior champion, and one of the favourites for the event, Estonian Tanel Leok.
“I felt comfortable racing with him and was surprised that physically I didn’t feel more tired pushing the pace,” Ferris said.
The Kyogle kid has less than one month to get ready to take on the sand in Lierop and in that time there will be plenty of hours spent tuning his bike.
“In the coming weeks my plan is just keep practicing on the sand tracks and working on pace and techniques ahead of Lierop,” he said.
“If all goes to plan I should be able to test the Martin Honda race bike in the week before, so hopefully I can find some good settings ahead of the race.”