Ferris on fire at MX Nationals
KYOGLE motorcyclist Dean Ferris continued his sensational start to the MX Nationals winning the third round of the championships at the Sunshine Coast.
Mounted on his CDR Yamaha YZ450F, Ferris unleashed a near wheel perfect performance to win both MX1 motos and increased his lead in the championship to over 30 points.
Ferris charged his way from third into the lead and let it rip after the first lap.
He slowly moved away from his rivals and 30 minutes later he greeted the finish-line with a nine second gap back to Kirk Gibbs in second place.
With the bike and himself freshened up between motos, Ferris was again ready to do battle for another 30 minutes. This time his opposition didn't get a look in. He took control of the race on the first lap and set off into the distance.
His lead increased each and every lap, at one point out to nearly 20 seconds until the final laps where he decided to back down a notch and bring it home safely and lock down another race and round win.
After claiming the opening three round wins in succession, Ferris now has a 31-point lead.
"It was pretty much the perfect day from me,” Ferris said from the podium.
"I love riding this track and I reckon I raced with a smile on my face all day long.
"Tracks like this suit the way I ride and I enjoy the flowing turns, the hills and the jumps here.”
"Conondale is also special to me as it was the place I won my first ever National moto back in 2007 when I raced the MXD class, so to win here again 10 years later and again be on a Yamaha is pretty cool and something I was thinking about when I was riding.
"Thanks to my mechanic Aiden for all his hard work as well as everyone on the CDR Yamaha team as the continue to give me everything I need to ride well.”
Ferris began his racing career in 2001 riding a Yamaha YZ 80 2-stroke and returned to Australia 18 months ago after a stint in Europe and the United States.
The success from the first three rounds won't change Ferris and he continues to strive for back to back championships at the MX Nationals.
"We are only three rounds into a ten round championship and a lot of laps are still to be raced,” he said.
"I will continue to give 100% in my training and preparation because that's what it takes to keep achieving these results.”
"There are plenty of good riders in the MX1 class so there is no chance of my taking it easy.”
The MX Nationals now moves to Horsham in Victoria for the fourth round next weekend.