Dean Ferris takes the checkered flag at the Woodville GP on the weekend

Ferris Flies in NZ Debut

1 Feb 2016

In his first major hit out for the Altherm JCR / CDR Yamaha team, as well as his maiden race on New Zealand soil, Dean Ferris claimed the win at the 55th running of the Motocross Grand Prix at Woodville, in New Zealand.

Ferris won the iconic, stand-alone event after a race long battle with Kiwi hero Cody Cooper, taking the feature race win just bike lengths ahead of the NZ star.

The 25-year-old Ferris, from Kyogle in New South Wales, said it was "very special" to win the Woodville GP.

"I had only ever heard of this event once before coming here and that was because of that crazy river race. Now I realise what a big deal it is. It's great to start the year too by shaking out the cobwebs at such a big race as this.

"It's great to begin my build-up for the New Zealand and Australian nationals coming up.

"It's fantastic to be back on Yamaha and I have really appreciated all the guidance I have had from (Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing team boss, Kiwi former GP star, former Woodville winner and former New Zealand and Australian champion) Josh Coppins.

"It's awesome to work with Josh. We've done a lot of work together and that will continue at his Motueka base this week. I used to race against Josh and I have a lot of respect for him.

"I'm not at my peak yet. I'm just warming up."

Ferris put the distinctive anniversary-yellow Yamaha YZ450F on the podium in every race he started on Sunday, although Cooper did win the MX1 class overall, his 1-2-2 score-card enough to edge out Ferris (2-1-3) by four points.

It sets up Ferris nicely for his first major hit-out of the summer when he tackles the MX1 class in the four-round New Zealand Motocross Championships series that kicks off at Pleasant Point, near Timaru, next weekend.

Ferris will face Cooper again, along with fellow Australian former GP star Todd Waters and a strong field of Kiwi internationals such as Brad Groombridge, Rhys Carter, Scott Columb, Hamish Harwood and Daryl Hurley when they all meet up again in Timaru this coming Sunday.

Ferris will contest the entire New Zealand motocross championships as part of the Yamaha Australia and New Zealand relationship that’s see both factory teams on either side of the ditch, JCR (NZ) and CDR Yamaha (Aust) working together to assist and fast track rider development.  

Andy McGechan
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