Kyogle's Dean Ferris leading the first race of the 2016 Australian Motocross Nationals at Horsham, Victoria. Photo: contributed.
Kyogle's Dean Ferris leading the first race of the 2016 Australian Motocross Nationals at Horsham, Victoria. Photo: contributed. contributed

Ferris third after first round of MX Nationals

FRESH from taking second in the New Zealand Motocross Championship, Kyogle’s Dean Ferris made a solid start to the Australian titles on the weekend, winning the first race.

Piloting his CDR Yamaha YZ450F, the 25 year-old was third after the first lap and quickly surged into the lead to take control of the race on the challenging Horsham track.

Lap after lap, Ferris kept edging ahead of his competitors to end up winning the first moto by 10 seconds.

The second moto started the same way as the first, with Ferris sitting in third until he fell and lost several positions.

After battling through the pack, Ferris managed to move his Yamaha up to sixth place.

This leaves Ferris third on 60 points after the first event of the 10 round series, four points adrift of Kirk Gibbs and five points behind leader Matt Moss.

“Overall, things went pretty well,” Ferris said.

“Winning the first moto was an awesome start to the series and a felt strong on the bike for the entire 30 minutes.

“Moto two was looking the same and I was patient behind the two riders in front in the early stages but made a mistake and went down by myself.

“That fall cost me points and because the field was strung out, it was hard to get back many positions.

“The team worked tirelessly and I just need to tidy up a few things and will be back better than ever at Appin.”

CDR Yamaha team owner Craig Dack said he rode a rollercoaster of emotions all day watching Ferris and his team mate Dan Reardon compete.

“I was happy with both riders in moto one and felt they did a great job in finishing 1-4 and got us off to a good start in the championship,” he said.

“Moto two was frustrating as both riders went down early in the race from unforced errors which cost us dearly.

“Mistakes like that can be costly in any championship so it’s something we need to address.”

The next round of the Australian MX Nationals is at Sydney’s Appin Raceway on April 17.



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