Full Force CarsRus Racing's Dean Porter finished off a great year with three wins at the Byford Arenacross last weekend.
Full Force CarsRus Racing’s Dean Porter finished off a great year with three wins at the Byford Arenacross last weekend.
Porter won three 450 races against a quality field that included Jake Moss and Luke Davis.
“The night went pretty good, I wasn’t sure how I would go,” Porter said. “After the first race I knew I had the speed and apparently I was making up time on everyone else through the whoops. The track was pretty one-lined like Arenacross usually is.”
In the first moto Porter pulled the holeshot and led all the way to the chequered flag. Race two, Porter found himself back in third off the start but pushed through and found himself in a good battle with Davis but made the pass and went onto take the win.
In race three he found himself in about fifth off the start, but bounced back to win.
“There was an Irish guy racing who does the British GPs and we had a good battle, that allowed Davis to get away a bit but I was able to chase him down and that made it three from three in the 450s,” he added.
The Arenacross also featured a shootout, a rider on rider, one lap race.
“The shootout was really good, I ended up against Mossy in the final and he was in front, I tried to make something happen but I hit his back wheel and crashed,” Porter said. “It was my last ride on the big RM-Z450, big thanks to Witch Cycles for helping me out with that.”
Porter turned quite a few heads this year, the sand specialist from WA really showed that he belongs up the front in the MX Nationals, even in the hard pack.
“It was a great year, best bikes I’ve ever had and best team I’ve ever had and I didn’t get hurt which was good,” he said. “I am really happy with the result considering the field, there was a lot of good riders, I was battling with a lot of the top guys and to finish off at Coolum with a fifth was awesome – I was pumped with that.
“Supercross went alright too, I hadn’t ridden it and I was happy to just get through, I got the bike a week before I raced and practiced supercross twice.
“To get through all of the jumps and come with an 11th at Newcastle was great and my lap times weren’t too bad either.
“Next year I will practice supercross a lot more and hopefully I should be a little bit more ready and be up the pointy end a bit more.”
For the rest of the year and into next year Porter will concentrate on the gym and head to the States for some riding and to catch up with his good friend, Lucas Mirtil.
“I’m going to California in February,” he explained. “I’ll get a bike and do as much riding as I can on the tracks there, they are prepped every day which makes it a lot more fun to ride and hopefully I can pick up a few seconds.
“Hopefully I’ll get to see three rounds of supercross as well, so that will be fun.”