CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team’s star rider, Dean Ferris, continued his outstanding start to the 2018 motocross season by taking another dominant victory at round two of the MX Nationals, held in perfect conditions over the weekend.
The Appin track was at its best with a challenging layout, well prepared dirt and a good size crowd on hand to witness Ferris lead home Kirk Gibbs and Luke Clout on the day.
Ferris, who has been the benchmark for Australian racing for the past two seasons, again set the bar high with an impressive performance that saw him dominate both races contested in the premier MX1 division and extend his lead in the championship.
The day didn’t start out as he had planned, missing the top five fastest qualifying times and therefore not able to compete in the Raceline Superpole event and the handy three points on offer. But, the ship was soon righted in moto one as the gates fell and Ferris powered his Yamaha YZ450F into the lead and set off at a brisk pace. His rivals kept him in sight but a relentless and determined Ferris kept his head down and went on to take the race win by 16 seconds.
Moto two didn’t go drama free as the race needed to be stopped when a rider fell and required urgent attention. Once the track was clear, the field was re-gridded in the running order with Ferris at the front of the pack and the remaining 20 minutes of racing was completed. Ferris was the first rider across the finish line and claimed the race win when times of both parts of the race were added together.
Ferris has now won all four motos contested at the opening two rounds and already holds a commanding lead in the championship, but the two-time champ understands there is plenty of work to be done and a long way to go in the 10-round championship.
“Another good day for myself and the team,” Ferris opens. “Appin has always been good to me and since my return to Australia in 2016, I have won here so I always enjoy racing this track.
“Missing the Superpole event was a bit odd and it’s the first time I can remember not being in it. I felt I was riding pretty good in practice and qualifying but when the team told me I was sixth, I was a bit stunned.
“Thankfully, it didn’t matter once the races started and I was able to win both races and keep my good start to the championship on track. My YZ450F was working well today and the team do an amazing job of making my life easy. Aiden, who works on my bike, puts in the hours and we make a great team so thank you to him and everyone at CDR Yamaha Monster Energy team.
There is now a two-week break in racing before the championship picks up at rounds three and four in a first for the MX Nationals where a double header, race weekend occurs in a massive event. The black loam of Wonthaggi in Victoria plays host to the event and the CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team will be looking for more success in their home state round.
MX Nationals standings after 2 rounds (MX1):
1. Dean Ferris (Yamaha) 140
2. Kirk Gibbs (KTM) 127
3. Luke Clout (KTM) 108
4. Dylan Long (Yamaha) 104
5. Mitch Evans (KTM) 103