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CDR Yamaha‰Ûªs Dean Ferris forges ahead at Motul MX Nationals

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CDR Yamaha‰Ûªs Dean Ferris has consolidated his position at the top of the MX1 leader board after another triumphant day at round two of the MX Nationals, held at Appin Raceway, southwest of Sydney.

On a day that threw up some challenging weather conditions and a difficult and technical track, it was Ferris who rose above all others to take his second round win in a row and lead the premier division by 23 points back to his nearest rival, Kirk Gibbs.

The round started out strongly for the reigning champion, as he posted the fastest lap in the Go Pro Superpole event and again he was out to make every post a winner when racing began.

Moto one got underway under clear blue skies and the full field of 38 thundering 450cc motocross bikes charged into the first turn. Ferris was well placed in the early stages and with 30 minutes of racing ahead, things were looking good for the CDR Yamaha rider.

But he was unable to maintain his intensity and dropped back to fourth place by mid moto but now the experienced campaigner, Ferris was able to regroup, find his mojo again and claw his way back to a second place finish.

As the field gridded up for moto two, a dark cloud rolled over the venue and while there wasn‰Ûªt a huge downpour, a moderate drizzle fell on the already deeply rutted, clay based racing surface making it extremely slippery and demanding for all riders.

But from the moment the gate dropped, Ferris simply put on a riding clinic. He motored away from the field and left them in his wake as he set about stamping his authority on the day. But the end of the moto, he had cleared out to a 25 second lead to take the race win and with it the overall round victory.

‰ÛÏAnother round win and a good day for myself and the team,‰Û
Derris' CDR Yamaha Team mate, Dylan Long had a tough day at the office to come home in 12th place. Credit: MXN Images
Team mate, Dylan Long had a tough day at the office to come home in 12th place. Long jarred his recovering wrist in the early stages of moto one but continued to ride through some pain and grind out the best result he could. Despite the 12-13 moto results on the day, Long sits in 11th place but determined to get back on track in the coming rounds.

‰ÛÏThis track was always going to be hard on my hand and wrist as the ruts and heavy landings on jumps really have an impact on your body. But when I got a bit loose in the first moto and hit some ruts and bumps, it gave my wrist a pretty good hit and a jolt of pain went right through me.

‰ÛÏI did what I could for the rest of the day but it‰Ûªs disappointing as its nowhere near my best or what I can do. I will get some more treatment before the next round and hopefully my body will be in much better shape for Conondale,‰Û
Dean Ferris on top of the podium with runner up Kirk Gibbs (L) and third placed Todd Waters
Main Photo: Dean Ferris makes it two in a row with a victory at Appin on the weekend
Credit: MXN Images

Round two Results ‰ÛÒ Appin

MX1
1st Dean Ferris
2nd Kirk Gibbs
3rd Todd Waters
4th Brett Metcalfe
5th Kade Mosig
6th Luke Styke
7th Nathan Crawford
8th Aleksandr Tonkov
9th Kyle Peters
10th Luke Clout

Championship Standings ‰ÛÒ After Round Two
1st Dean Ferris ‰ÛÒ 143
2nd Kirk Gibbs ‰ÛÒ 120
3rd Kade Mosig ‰ÛÒ 118
4th Todd Waters ‰ÛÒ 108
5th Luke Styke ‰ÛÒ 107
6th Nathan Crawford ‰ÛÒ 97
7th Luke Clout ‰ÛÒ 95
8th Kyle Peters ‰ÛÒ 93
9th Aleksandr Tonkov ‰ÛÒ 85
10th Brett Metcalfe ‰ÛÒ 83
11th Dylan long ‰ÛÒ 82

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