News 7 Jul 2014

Ferris sets sights on Finland after mixed MXGP return

Australian ends up 18th overall at Uddevalla in Husky debut.

Source: Husqvarna Racing.

Source: Husqvarna Racing.

Australia’s Dean Ferris will continue his comeback to the MXGP World Championship in Finland this weekend following a frustrating return on Sunday at Uddevalla.

After four months on the sidelines with a broken wrist, Ferris stunned on Saturday by setting the second quickest time in free practice, on debut while filling in for Tyla Rattray at Red Bull IceOne Racing Husqvarna.

He was dropped to eighth in timed qualifying and fell further during the qualifying race to secure the 10th grid spot for Sunday’s points-paying races.

After running inside the top 10 early during moto one a few costly mistakes eventually saw him cross the line 13th, before he was forced out of moto two midway for 18th overall. Now, he’s anxious to iron out the kinks come Finland.

“I’m excited to be back in the MXGP paddock, but I had hoped for better results,” Ferris admitted. “After not being on a bike for almost four months it was tough to jump back into race mode again on a track as gnarly and difficult as Uddevalla.

“I started off okay, but lost some confidence in myself as the weekend wore on. Overall this race hasn’t gone anywhere near how I wanted to but the next round in Finland is a chance to wipe the slate clean and improve things.”

Including this weekend’s 13th round at Hyvinkää in Finland, Ferris will contest three more GPs before returning to the US for Red Bull KTM ahead of the final three Lucas Oil Pro Motocross rounds in the 250 Class.