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Dean Ferris Admits There Is Still Work To Be Done Despite Timaru Domination

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Fresh from winning the New Zealand Motocross Grand Prix International Feature Race at Woodville on debut there last weekend, the 25-year-old Dean Ferris from Kyogle in New South Wales, has now made it two major Kiwi successes in a row after winning the opening round of four in this season's New Zealand Motocross Championships at Pleasant Point, near Timaru, on Sunday.

Just as was the case a week earlier at Woodville, the first time Ferris had even laid eyes on the course at Timaru was when he arrived at the venue for Sunday's championship opener.

And once again it didn't make a difference to the outcome, Ferris taking his Altherm JCR Yamaha YZ450F to a stunning hat-trick of wins and completely dominating the glamour MX1 class on Sunday.

Runner-up was defending national MX1 champion Cody Cooper, the Mount Maunganui man finishing with a 2-3-2 score-card, and another Australian import and fellow former Grand Prix racer Todd Waters, completed the podium with a 3-2-3 score-line.

The round sweep left Ferris with a 11-point buffer as the riders now prepare for round two at the Flipp's track at Himatangi, near Palmerston North, on February 28.

"This was a great track and prepped very well," said Ferris afterwards. "I really like ruts," he smiled.

"I had been having problems with my starts at Woodville and we worked on that during the week. I holeshot every race today. I put in a good couple of laps early on and, by the time Cooper had fought through the traffic, I was gone.

"There is a lot of work still to be done and we'll just keep testing and working hard ahead of the next round."

For the Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing team that Ferris is racing for in New Zealand it was a mixed day of emotions for Team boss Josh Coppins.

"It was a great day for us in that we dominated the MX1 class, but we need to do better in the MX2 class," he said. "We were a bit off in the MX2 class and we need to make improvements there. The bike we provided for Kayne (Lamont) today was not the best it could have been. We let him down and need to do better at round two.

Former national MX2 champion Lamont, from Mangakino, still managed to finish the day fourth overall in the MX2 class, with team-mate Ethan Martens, riding a Yamaha YZ250 two-stroke, slotting into sixth overall.

Round two of the championship heads to Manawatu on the 28th of Feb

Top Image: Dean Ferris (Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing YZ450F), in scintillating form in his Kiwi campaign.

Credit: Andy McGechan

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