News 6 Dec 2011

Ferris back in Australia after positive first grand prix test in Spain

Dean Ferris has been in Spain testing for ICE1 Racing ahead of his rookie World Motocross campaign.

Australia’s latest international export Dean Ferris is back in Australia following a whirlwind trip to Europe late last month.

The current Australian Motocross number three completed his first official tests with the ICE1 Racing Kawasaki team that he’ll ride the 2012 MX1 Motocross World Championship for in 2012.

Ferris, 21, rode at various tracks in the south of Spain with the team owned by Formula 1 ace Kimi Raikkonen, marking it as a positive debut with the team when speaking to this morning.

“I was over there for nine days, just to get a base setting with the bike, and it all went pretty good,” Ferris said. “I just got to gel with the team a bit more and it was good to ride with them.

“I immediately felt better back on the 450 after Super X for sure and it was good to be back on the motocross track.”

With Raikkonen last week confirming that he’ll return to F1 next season for Lotus Renault GP, Ferris said it wouldn’t affect ICE1 Racing’s plans for the upcoming GP season.

“Kimi obviously owns the team, but he has employed a lot of good guys to run it,” Ferris said. “His return doesn’t change anything other than now we’ll have someone to follow in F1 [laughs].”

Ferris will return to Europe towards the end of January and plans to remain there for the entire season, based in Belgium.