Kyogle motocross star stops home in chase for world glory
KYOGLE motocross racer Dean Ferris is returning to his home town after four years on the world motocross circuit, living in Europe and the United States.
But don't fear, Ferris fans - he's not hanging his helmet up just yet.
This year Ferris has been chasing world title glory for the Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing team.
The 24-year-old announced his return to home soil on his Facebook page on Monday.
"Today I'm moving back home to Australia," he posted. "It's been a crazy experience racing GPs and travelling all over the world."
Ferris began his racing career in 2001 riding a Yamaha YZ 80 2-stroke.
"I never could have imagined how far motocross would take me, and I'm proud as punch about my achievements so far," Ferris said
"I've ridden for some amazing teams and I've made some life-time friends.
"Maybe I'll head back for GPs in the future if the right opportunity arises so I'm definitely keeping that book open."
Coming home after four years away is exciting for Ferris.
"For now I'm really looking forward to heading home to Kyogle and be with my family and friends," he said.
"I've missed all you for the last four years and missed a lot of important life events but that's the sacrifice I made when I left and I know you all understand.
"For now, though, I'm excited about turning to a new chapter in my career and racing back in Australia for CDR Yamaha.
CDR Yamaha owner Craig Dack said he was looking forward to Ferris joining his team for 2016.
"Dean has all the qualities I look for in a rider," he said.
"He has skill, drive, talent and a determination to succeed at almost any cost and when we first reached out to Dean it was obvious we were both on the same page in our racing goals.
"I think he will be a perfect fit for both the YZ450F and the CDR Yamaha team and we look forward to what he brings to not only CDR Yamaha but to the domestic racing scene in 2016."