News 18 May 2010

Oz MX: Ferris fast at Toowoomba despite crash scare

After qualifying with the second fastest time, Honda CRF450R-mounted MX Nationals star Dean Ferris finished strongly at Toowoomba’s round four of the Australian Motocross Championships, running at the top end of the Pro Open field in each of the three motos.

A DNF in moto two following a scary high-speed crash down the front straight was the only stumbling block to Ferris finishing higher up on the day, however he retained his fourth position overall in the series and was pleased with his continued success.

“It was a crazy weekend of racing,” Ferris said. “I came into qualifying with a new strategy and was very happy with the outcome as qualifying has not been my strength in the past.”

Ferris got off to a top five start in moto one, managing to pass eventual round runner-up Tye Simmonds.

“Once I made the pass, I closed the gap on Billy Mackenzie, who was leading. With a few laps left to run, I went for the pass but unfortunately dropped it. I still managed to salvage third place for moto o.”

After a serious crash in moto two, Ferris fortunately received medical clearance to front at the gates for the final showdown, and although still a bit sore, he was able to finish in third place once again after battling for the lead with series leader Jay Marmont.

“Although the day didn’t pan out as I had planned, there are still positives to take home – I only lost one point to the championship leader despite having a DNF,” he concluded.