Czech Republic round a challenge for Husqvarna pilot.
Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Dean Ferris was credited 12th overall at Loket’s 14th round of the MXGP World Championship in the Czech Republic, during his third appearance of the 2014 season.
Ferris was fifth in Saturday’s qualifying heat on board the factory FC 350, however Sunday would prove a greater challenge with 9-15 moto scores.
Placing well off the start in race one, the Husqvarna rider then spent the first half of the race riding too defensive. Despite picking up his pace in the latter stages of the race he was unable to reel the group in front of him back in and finished ninth.
Set to improve his position in race two, Ferris held eighth for the majority of the race, but with two laps to go he crashed and dropped back to 15th.
“I feel I’ve rode well on a track that wasn’t too my liking,” Ferris explained. “The ground was rock hard and it was conditions I haven’t rode in for a while. Saturday’s qualification was great and finishing fifth gave me a good gate pick for Sunday’s races.
“In race one I spent the first half defending my lines too much and sort of lost touch with the front guys. I got into my groove towards the end, improved my lap times but couldn’t reel them back in. Race two was going great. I passed a bunch of guys and was holding onto eight until I crashed with two laps to go.”
Ferris is scheduled for one more appearance at Lommel, Belgium, on this coming weekend before returning to the US and completing the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season for Red Bull KTM in the 250 Class.