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2023 ProMX Title Reinvigorats Dean Ferris

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Photo of motocross rider Dean Ferris at the final round ot the 2023 ProMX
Championship number four for Dean Ferris and his dedicated crew.

Dean Ferris claimed his fourth ProMX championship with a polished performance at the final round where he finished second for the day but that was more than enough to secure the 2023 championship.

Ferris and his YZ450F had been the inform combination all year and entering the final round at Coolum, he enjoyed a 15-point buffer over second place but given the hostilities that Coolum often throws up, this was a long way from over and two, thirty-minute motos in the black sand is always easier said than done.

And his weekend didn’t start off great. He crashed heavily in the Saturday qualifying session which left his bike a little twisted and himself a little rattled. With some shoulder and neck soreness, he got some running repairs overnight as did the bike and things were back on track for Sunday morning and he locked down fourth spot in Superpole.

The maths for Sunday was simple. Keep Jed Beaton in sight and the championship was his. Beaton had barely set a foot wrong all year and had proven to be ultra consistent and he also showed good pace in qualifying.

Both motos were also carbon copies of each other. Ferris was conservative on the opening laps, doing whatever he could do to stay out of the usual chaos 40 hyped up motocross riders create. Once the field settled down, so did Ferris and each time he climbed his way from fourth to second and held it there to the end. It was a very mature performance from a rider who continues to grow on and off the track. He did exactly what he needed to do and executed with perfect.

“2023 has been a massive year of change for me and I’m so happy that I came back to racing and found my love of it again,” Ferris said. “It was only a small crew of people, but everyone was dedicated and determined to do well and gave me what I needed to get the job done.

“This time last year I was burnt out and done but now I think I’m more invigorated than ever and the thrill of winning never gets old. It’s been five years since I won a championship and there were times when it seemed so far away, but I hung in there, kept fighting and made the changes I needed to and I’m so proud to have won it in 2023 against a high-quality field of riders and over such a challenging year as far as tracks and conditions go.

“A big thank you to Yamaha for stepping up and making this happen. I came to them late with this idea of what I wanted to do, and they were able to put a platform in place that worked for me and the YZ450F just feels so natural to me,” Ferris concluded.

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