Defending champion Dean Ferris has capped off a remarkable start to his 2017 Australian MX Nationals campaign taking his fifth consecutive round win at round five of the championship held at Murray Bridge, in South Australia, at the weekend.
On board his Yamaha YZ450F, Ferris and the CDR Yamaha team have been an unstoppable combination throughout the first half of the series and again created history taking a fifth win on the trot at Murray Bridge and increasing his championship lead to 48 points at the half way point of the championship.
While not quite the domination of earlier rounds, Ferris rode with speed and aggression when required but also some street smarts at times, knowing the name of the game is to continue racking up good points in every moto.
He qualified second in the Go Pro Superpole but that was a distant memory as the MX1 field roared into the first turn on Sunday.
Ferris snatched the lead by turn two and then set about cementing his place at the front of the field. He relentlessly clicked off laps faster than anyone on the track and when he crossed the finish-line at the end of the 30minute raced, he had cleared out to a 25 second victory.
Moto two and Ferris was again well placed on the opening lap but things were made interesting by showers of rain that fell throughout the moto. Ferris as well as local favourites, Kirk Gibbs and Brett Metcalfe were in an intense battle for the entire 30 minutes.
With Gibbs in the lead, Ferris and Metcalfe battled for the minor placings but the rain and roost flying from their 450cc machines made vision difficult. At stages, each rider would need to drop back a little to get away from the flying dirt and reset themselves for more racing.
In the end, Gibbs took the race win, Ferris followed him over the line and Metcalfe in third. Dean’s 1-2 results on the day gave him the overall round win and plenty of confidence leading into the mid-season break.
“Coming to South Australia is always tough as Kirk and Brett ride extremely well here in front of their home town friends and family, so it was good to get the round win here and not let any of my rivals gain any momentum leading into the break,” Dean explains.
“The track today was fast and with some hard pack and some soft sections. Making the right choice with the bike and tyres was important and the CDR Yamaha team again did a great job in supplying me with an awesome bike on the weekend.
“I liked being in the battle with Brett and Kirk in moto two and it was fun race. The rain and roost made it tough as you couldn’t sit right on the guy in front of you. I went through my roll offs by the end of the race and I saw Brett had to take his goggles off so it was another challenge but it was good fun to race with those guys.”
The MX Nationals now takes a five week break to allow riders and teams to reset for the second half of the season and it will resume on July 2 at Nowra for round six. The CDR Yamaha team will be back to full strength at Nowra with the expected return of Dylan Long after recovering from his wrist injuries.
Ferris will remain active during the break and has announced he will contest a round of the AMA Motocross Nationals in the United States on June 17 before returning home and continuing his campaign to retain his MX Nationals championship.
“I like being active in racing and an opportunity has come up that will allow me to race in the US, so I’m really looking forward to it. I have never done a round of the AMA Motocross series so it will be a new experience for me and I can’t wait to get over there,” Ferris said.
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Thor MX1 Round 5 Results
1) Dean Ferris – 67 points – Yamaha
2) Kirk Gibbs – 65 points – KTM
3) Brett Metcalfe – 62 points – KTM
4) Kade Mosig – 56 points – Yamaha
5) Luke Clout – 50 points – Honda
6) Todd Waters – 50 points – Honda
7) Kyle Peters – 48 points – Suzuki
8) Luke Styke – 47 points – KTM
9) Aleksandr Tonkov – 45 points – Kawasaki
10) Zak Small – 41 points – Husqvarna
Thor MX1 Championship Standings
1) Dean Ferris – 356 points – Yamaha
2) Kirk Gibbs – 308 points – KTM
3) Kade Mosig – 279 points – Yamaha
4) Todd Waters – 277 points – Honda
5) Luke Styke – 262 points – KTM
6) Kyle Peters – 230 points – Suzuki
7) Luke Clout – 223 points – Honda
8) Aleksandr Tonkov – 218 points – Kawasaki
9) Brett Metcalfe – 173 points – KTM
10) Keiron Hall – 173 points – Husqvarna