News 31 May 2016

Battered Ferris cleared of major injuries following Wanneroo

CDR Yamaha rider to undergo further scans on wrist.

Image: MXN.

Image: MXN.

CDR Yamaha’s Dean Ferris has been cleared of serious head and spinal injuries following his heavy final moto fall at Wanneroo’s fifth Motul MX Nationals round on Sunday, set to undergo further scans on his wrist in Perth this week.

Ferris claimed the Super Pole and dominated the opening pair of motos in the sands of Western Australia, but a clash with title rival Kirk Gibbs at the beginning of race three forced him out of contention for the round.

“I was standing directly behind where Dean went down and from what I saw, it didn’t look good,” CDR Yamaha team owner Craig Dack explained. “I could see both riders fighting for the same space of track and two strong willed riders not giving in.

“It was a racing incident and in no way do we believe Kirk Gibbs is at fault and we thank him for coming over immediately after the race to enquire about Dean. As a team we targeted the WA round as we knew it would be a major factor in the championship.

“Dean is a strong sand rider and everything was on track until the start of the third race – [he] looked amazing and was a step above the other riders all day. Unfortunately this crash was a disappointing way to end the day, but Dean has our full support and hopefully we can get the results back on his wrist ASAP and make a plan moving forward.

“We lost a few points there but in no terms are we out of this championship. Dean and the CDR Yamaha team are fighters and we will continue to keep swinging and fight this out to the very end.”

Ferris is now third in the championship standings, 27 points behind defending champion and current points leader Gibbs. The series is currently in its mid-season break, due to resume at Nowra in New South Wales on 3 July.