Dean Ferris is up for the MX1 championship fight for the final two rounds
The MX1 podium from round eight

Crashes Thwart Ferris’ Charge at MX Nationals

1 Aug 2016

It was a day of frustration for the CDR Yamaha team as MX1 championship contender, Dean Ferris, made two small but costly mistakes that kept him from the top spot at round eight of the MX Nationals, held at Shepparton, over the weekend.

Persistent lead up rain made the tight Shepparton circuit difficult to ride with long, deep ruts and varying surface conditions that had riders and teams on their toes all day. Conditions like these are tailor made for a rider like Ferris and he was confident of a good performance and ready to make more inroads on the championship table.

After a good qualifying session, Ferris was ready to go for race one and instantly slotted himself into the top three as the field charged into their opening lap. He sprinted to the lead and tried to make a gap as his rivals jostled for positions behind him.

15 minutes into the race and Ferris was looking good, holding down the lead but on lap 10 he fell from his machine and as he rushed to get back on the bike, dropped two positions to be third. With time running out in the moto, Ferris desperately clawed his way to the rear wheel of the second placed rider, Kirk Gibbs, and made a bold move to take the spot with just one lap remaining.

Race one saw Todd Waters take the win ahead of Ferris and Gibbs as the three riders pursue the MX1 championship with spirit and vigor.

Race two saw Gibbs take the lead but Ferris slowly but surely closed in on the lead and by the half way stage, he was wearing Gibbs like a cheap suit. With less than a handful of laps remaining, Ferris went from the hunter to the hunted as he moved into the lead and inched out a small gap over his rival.

But on the final lap and with the race seemingly in the bag, Ferris went down allowing Gibbs to sneak by and pinch the race win.

In what is the narrowest of margins, the round victory went to Kirk Gibbs on 65 points with his 3-1 results, who won the day on a count back with Todd Waters who finished with a 1-3. Ferris took 64 points home with his 2-2 results.

“I’m so angry with myself,” Ferris fumed. “I don’t know what else to say! I’m angry, disappointed and a whole heap of other emotions but I’m going to use that to drive me for the final two rounds. I’m better than what happened today and I’m going to prove it at the last two rounds,” Ferris said with venom.

So, with two rounds remaining, the stage is set for one of the most epic finishes in MX Nationals history with the top three riders in the premier MX1 class separated by just 16 points. The final two rounds are set down for Toowoomba and Coolum both tracks where all three riders have had plenty of experience.

“It was the day that could have been,” said team manager, Craig Dack. “Dean had both races under control but he couldn’t close it out. I know he is fuming, so we will just let the emotion settle and then go through the races and work out the things he could have done better and coach him through it.

“It was a rough day but he has the speed and skill to win this championship and, after today, a lot more motivation. Knowing Dean, no one will work harder in the next three weeks and as a team we will leave no stone unturned in chasing this championship,” Dack concludes.

For a full list of results and more information on the MX Nationals, www.mxnationals.com.au

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Round Eight Results – Shepparton
MX1

1st Kirk Gibbs – 65
2nd Todd Waters – 65
3rd Dean Ferris – 64 (CDR Yamaha)
4th Kade Mosig – 56
5th Jesse Dobson – 51
6th Jacob Wright – 49
7th Daniel Banks – 46
8th Joel Green – 46
9th James Alen -43
10th Kurt Gow – 42

Championship Standings – After Round Eight
1st Kirk Gibbs – 538
2nd Dean Ferris – 529 (YZ450F)
3rd Todd Waters - 522    
4th Kade Mosig – 437
5th Matt Moss – 381
6th Dylan Long – 359
7th Jacob Wright – 340
8th Jay Wilson – 340
9th Michael Menchi – 301
10th Daniel Banks - 299

 

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