Ferris one point off Motocross Nationals lead
DEAN Ferris is now one point off the lead in the Australian Motocross title chase following the weekend’s fourth round of the series at South Australia’s Murray Bridge.
The Kyogle motocrosser got off to the best possible start on the challenging layout, securing the fastest lap in the superpole shootout, which saw him add three points toward his championship tally.
In moto one, Ferris struggled to get dialled-in on the technical track, coming home in third place.
After a good start in moto two, Ferris was challenged by KTM’s Kirk Gibbs on lap seven, which saw him have an uncharacteristic crash.
The 26-year-old quickly remounted and chased down the pack to cross the line in fourth place.
When the points were tallied, Ferris came fourth overall with 58 points, and now sits one point behind KTM’s Kirk Gibbs on 251 points.
The YZ450F pilot said he struggled to find his rhythm on the Murray Bridge track.
“I had a tough day today and couldn’t really get comfortable on the track,” Ferris said.
“It looks soft and loamy but you actually ride on a hard base and I just couldn’t settle on the track and produce my best.
“Things are still close in the championship and there is a three way battle at the top at the moment, which is making things exciting.
“I think it will come down to the rider that makes the least mistakes and keeps putting good races together at each and every round.”
CDR Yamaha team manager Craig Dack said the team truck was already on the road to Western Australia for the fifth round of the Motocross Nationals this weekend.
“No doubt it was a tough day for us and we had to work to overcome some adversity,” he said.
“Dean just didn’t feel 100% with the track but to his credit he kept fighting on out there and gave it everything he had.
“Next week in Perth will be a critical round in the championship.”