News 20 Sep 2018

Ferris sidelined for remainder of AUS Supercross as CDR assess options

CDR Yamaha yet to determine if a replacement rider will be sourced.

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Multi-time Australian motocross champion Dean Ferris has confirmed he’ll be sidelined for the remainder of the Australian Supercross Championship after suffering a horrific crash during heat one of Jimboomba’s opening round.

The CDR Yamaha Monster Energy rider was transported to hospital and later placed in ICU where it was determined he suffered a concussion and a contusion to his right lung, although he returned to a general ward the following morning before being discharged on Tuesday.

Expected to make a full recovery, the New South Welshman has declared the incident hasn’t impacted his plans of racing in the USA from 2019.

“I don’t recall anything of the crash, but my doctors are confident they have everything under control and I will make a full recovery,” Ferris explained. “There were some concerns around my lung, but they are happy with the progress and now it’s just a matter of rest and relaxation to ensure everything stays on track.

“It’s hard to put a time frame on it but due to the lung issue, my doctor has told me to lay low for four to six weeks and no physical exercise and then they can assess me from there and we can begin the process of building strength and condition back.

“With the tight schedule of this years’ supercross championship, I will be out for the remainder of the series but already looking forward to getting back on the bike and continuing my goal of racing in the US in 2019.”

Team owner Craig Dack is yet to determine if the squad will field a replacement rider alongside regular Dylan Long, stating the outfit is currently assessing its options.

“At this point no decision has been made either way and we are just coming to terms with what happened on the weekend,” Dack commented. “Dean has had an amazing three year run with us so his injury has been a bit of a shock and at the moment we are doing what we can to assist.

“Our short term focus is to get Dylan up the front, give Dean what he needs for his recovery and then assess what our next move is from there. On behalf of everyone at CDR, we wish Dean a quick and full recovery and look forward to seeing him back at the track as soon as possible.”

Ferris’ injury is his first major blow in a number of years, coming off three-consecutive MX Nationals crowna, including an undefeated overall victory record this year.