Features 29 Apr 2017

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Recalling this week in dirt bikes, presented by Alpinestars Australia.

Two rounds into the new Motul MX Nationals season and Dean Ferris has a perfect overall tally following what was a truly challenging weekend for many at Appin. Last year Ferris was exceptional and this year he’s already even better, much to the delight of Craig Dack and the CDR Yamaha team.

It’s been interesting watching Ferris really refine his approach with CDR Yamaha over the past year or so and, at this point, it looks as though he’s currently hitting the strides of his career.

At points in his career Ferris has seemed particularly tense on race weekends and, of course, ultra-serious, but as it stands he seems to have found a way to control each step in the process and he’s getting the results because of that.

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And while Ferris has been super-fast (two Super Poles already prove that), as well as consistent, his opposition are beginning the scratch around for answers. Enabling Ferris to stretch a 23-point lead already most certainly isn’t ideal.

That said, Kirk Gibbs (KTM Motocross Racing Team) made a statement in the first moto at Appin and then in the second, after crashing out of the gates in a multi-rider incident, he clawed his way back through the field in impressive fashion.

As we saw last year, it’s already shaping up to be a dogfight between Ferris, Gibbs and Todd Waters (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) for the crown, while the likes of Brett Metcalfe (SD3 Husqvarna), Kade Mosig (DPH Motorsport Yamaha) and even Kyle Peters (Wilson Coolair Motul Suzuki) – and more – will be sure to factor.

The MX2 class is going to be even more intriguing as Wilson Todd (DPH Motorsport Yamaha), Serco Yamaha duo Mitch Evans and Jackson Richardson, plus Egan Mastin (Davey Motorsports KTM) appear to be the ones to beat so far.

It’s difficult to tip just what way it will go in the quarter-litre ranks, however Evans really showed just how capable he is with that double win so soon at Appin last weekend. And still, there are plenty more that have displayed immense speed already, without landing the results just yet.

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Major news came through this week that Jay Wilson has departed the JK Racing Yamaha team and returned home from the MX2 World Championship, after what was a difficult start to the year for him. We don’t know the full extent of his decision, but respect it nonetheless and hope that he gets back on the bike locally soon enough.

Elsewhere last weekend we saw the Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) get underway, with Daniel Milner (KTM Enduro Racing Team) winning upon return, which bodes well for a huge season ahead on his behalf. We knew he’d be good and already he’s seemingly placed himself in the driver’s seat for this year’s crown.

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