And the fight for positions did not stop there. Gibbs also began to come under fire from National Pump Monster Energy Kawasaki‰Ûªs Peters for third place, the two going head to head for the final podium position. And by the time riders headed in to lap seven, Peters had got the job done.
In what was a huge shock to onlookers, Ferris received a ten second penalty at the five lap mark after riding inside a marker during lap one, but it didn‰Ûªt seem to phase the Yamaha rider, because only a few turns later, Ferris had reclaimed the race lead.
Despite being out in front, by the time rider‰Ûªs reached the halfway mark, Waters was effectively in the lead due to the penalty applied to Ferris, American import Peters was in third, followed by defending champ Gibbs who continued in fourth position. Mosig, Hamish Harwood and Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team‰Ûªs Jay Wilson all occupied positions fifth through to seventh.
But with less than ten minutes remaining, Ferris checked out, leaving Waters, Peters and Gibbs well and truly behind him ‰ÛÒ putting himself in the box seat to wrap up moto one as the new championship leader.
And when the chequered flag flew, Ferris got the job done, taking the opening moto win ahead of Waters who crossed the line in second. American Peters wrapped up the opening race in third, followed by Gibbs whose title hopes were hurt during race one after finishing in fourth.
Mosig, Hamish Harwood, Wilson, Long, Craig Bolton and Daniel Banks all wrapped up moto one inside the top ten.