Kyogle motocrosser Dean Ferris leads Australian titles
KYOGLE motocrosser Dean Ferris has hit the lead in the Australian Motocross Championship after the second round of the series at Sydney's Appin circuit over the weekend.
The CDR Yamaha rider now sits on 127 points, two points ahead of KTM mounted Kirk Gibbs, with eight rounds remaining.
Competition was tough at the challenging Appin track, with Ferris setting the fourth fastest qualifying time on his Yamaha YZ450F.
In the first moto, Ferris launched out of the gates and grabbed the holeshot by the first turn.
The the half-way point of the race, Ferris had slipped back to third, but was hot on the heels of the leader Kirk Gibbs.
When it came down to the wire, it was Ferris who put in a last-minute pass on Gibbs to take the chequered flag.
After the first lap of the second moto, Ferris was sitting in third place behind Husquvarna's Brett Metcalf and Kawasaki mounted Matt Moss.
By the half way point of the second moto, Ferris had dropped to fifth, with Metcalf leading from Moss.
In the final stages of the second moto, Moss crashed, elevating Ferris to fourth, before a last minute pass on Gibbs saw him finish third.
This was enough for the25-year-old Ferris to walk away from the second round of the 10 round series with the leaders coveted red plate.
"I'm stoked to get the round win today, the plan was always just to get through the first round, but honestly I was pretty disappointed not to get the win in Horsham to be honest," he said.
"It's nice to get the overall win here at Appin, but I've got to give a lot of respect to my competitors, everyone is riding very well and it's great to be back at the MX Nationals.
"I'm having so much fun riding with the CDR Yamaha team, so it's nice to give those guys a good result.
"Everyone is fast at the moment, and when you've got the red plate you've always got a target on your back, but I'll just keep doing my best to ride well - the first three rounds are critical so we want to be putting ourselves in the best position possible.
"I have really enjoyed the opening two rounds and being back in Australia and the level of competition in the MX1 class at the moment is really high with a lot of guys are riding well.
"The plan was to get off to a good start at the opening to rounds and we have managed to do that but there is a lot of work to do and the only red plate that matters is the one after the final round at Coolum."
The next round of the series is at Broadford, Victoria, on May 1.