News 27 Jun 2014

Ferris named shock replacement for Rattray in MXGP

Australian to complete the European leg of the season on FC 350.

Image: Simon Cudby.

Image: Simon Cudby.

Australian Dean Ferris will make a shock return to the MXGP World Championship next month, clinching a deal with the Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing team.

Ferris, 23, has been recovering from a wrist injury sustained at home in Australia during the mid-stages of American supercross, where he was part of the Red Bull KTM team.

It’s now been revealed that he will complete the final four rounds of the European GP season, beginning at round 12 in Uddevalla, Sweden, on 6 July. Ferris will remain with the team for the following races in Finland, Czech Republic and Belgium.

The 23-year-old Australian will act as a replacement rider for the injured Tyla Rattray and will race the FC 350. It’s understood the move took place after it was made clear KTM doesn’t have a position for Ferris in 2015.

“We’re really pleased to have Dean on board for the final four European rounds of the MXGP,” said Antti Pyrhönen. “It’s been a difficult time for the team with both of our riders suffering from injury so it’s great to have a rider with the calibre Dean has on board.

“After the GP of Italy things happened quite quickly to put this in place. At the moment we don’t have any expectations for him.

“Firstly we want to take the GP of Sweden slowly and then build from there. Nathan Watson will continue to act as our additional replacement rider until the GP of Finland.”

Ferris is no stranger to the FIM Motocross World Championship having contested the series in 2012 and 2013. His best results came in 2013 where he claimed three MX2 race wins and ended his season sixth overall.