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Dean Ferris And Wilson Todd Dominate At Coffs Harbour ProMX

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Former champion Dean Ferris was on his A game in Coffs Harbour making it a prefect day with two wins in MX1

The official “Retro Round” 6 of the 2022 ProMX Championship presented by AMX Superstores did not disappoint, as a technical and challenging Coffs Harbour race track gave riders and fans epic battles and on-track action all day long.

With mid-week rain clearing to a beautiful day, riders had to navigate a rutted race track that kept them on their toes. It was a battle of consistency and intensity across the Championship classes.

MX1

The opening MX1 Moto showcased the battle many have been anticipating with a trademark Holeshot from Dean Ferris. Red Plate holder Aaron Tanti was close in second place from the opening lap. From there it was go time, as the duo banged bars around the technical but fast Coffs Harbour track.

Behind the lead duo, Shootout winner Matt Moss crashed on lap one while in fifth position and was clipped by another rider, ending his moto. At the five-minute mark, Tanti pulled the trigger, passing Ferris for the lead, as Brett Metcalfe got by Todd Waters for third position.

As the middle laps ticked off, Ferris began to close back in on Tanti and with two laps to go, pulled the trigger with an aggressive pass to retake the lead. From there, things began to unravel for Tanti, tipping over with one lap to go. As Tanti remounted, Metcalfe got by for second position and then Kirk Gibbs mounted a monumental charge on the field, going from seventh position on the opening to pass Tanti and take second on the final lap. At the chequered flag, it was Ferris with the win, from Gibbs, Metcalfe, Tanti and Todd Waters.

A frantic first lap ensued in Moto 2 with Ferris taking the Holeshot, followed again by Tanti in second. Ferris and Tanti battled early in the opening lap before a big mistake from Ferris in a technical turn gave Tanti the room he needed to make the pass stick. Waters, Gibbs and Jayden Rykers also battled furiously over third position in the opening laps.

With a rapidly deteriorating race track, both Tanti and Ferris took several laps to find lines and establish a race pace before the second half of the race began. Ferris began to inch up on Tanti and then made his move with eight minutes to go with an aggressive inside line, cutting off Tanti’s run in the ruts to the next corner. Behind the leaders, Kirk Gibbs established himself in third position early and laid down consistent laps to solidify another Moto podium finish.

Hayden Mellross put on an inspired ride to charge through to fourth position late in the moto, battling with Waters. As the laps wound down, the chequered flag flew for Ferris who logged an impressive 1-1 on the day and taking the overall victory. With Gibbs in third position, he secured second overall and Tanti’s second place in the final moto gave him third overall, maintaining the Red Plate as he left Coffs Harbour.

Pirelli MX2

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With another round win, Wilson Todd is within striking distance of the MX2 title already.

As the gate dropped for Pirelli MX2, riders were presented with a race track giving more lines, options and passing opportunities than when they were last on track for the first qualifying session. Rhys Budd made his intentions clear by taking the Holeshot and establishing a strong track position early, with a several bike length lead at the conclusion of the first lap. Kaleb Barham took his momentum from Maitland into Coffs Harbour, running first in second place and then third for half the race before a small mistake saw him drop out of the top five by the chequered flag.

Wilson Todd took a few laps to figure out the track before once again putting on a clinic of speed and precision, passing Budd for the lead on lap four and never looking back. As Todd gapped the field, an incredible battle took shape between several contenders for the podium placings with Nathan Crawford, Jesse Dobson and Bailey Malkiewicz and Japans Haruki Yokoyama.

Crawford was the first to fall from the top three and Barham quickly followed suit a lap later. Malkiewicz also fell from contention in this same cluster of laps as the technical Coffs Harbour track claimed more victims. As the racing settled down, it was Todd who cruised to victory, with Budd in second, Yokoyama who took control of the third position, with Crawford rebounding to fourth from his fall on his first gate drop since returning from a pre-season injury. Dobson rounded out the top five.

Moto two saw Red Plate holder Todd take the Holeshot with Crawford in tow. Crawford was marked as one of the riders who could challenge Todd for the 2022 Championship prior to his injury. Although showing great speed, Todd proved too strong, opening up a five-second lead in the opening laps. Jayce Cosford continued to return to form running in third position early, with Levi Rogers showing great speed in fourth early.

As the laps progressed, Dobson passed Rogers for fourth whilst the top three positions were solidified to the chequered flag with Todd taking his second victory of the day and the overall round win. Crawford took second, mounting a late race charge to Todd which saw him close into a couple of bike lengths at the finish. Cosford posted his first podium moto finish of the season in third, with Dobson and Rogers finishing fourth and fifth respectively. With another overall victory, Todd marches closer and closer to clinching the 2022 Pirelli MX2 Championship crown.

MAXXIS MX3

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Ryan Alexanderson took his first MX3 round win of the year.

Jack Mather laid claim to the opening moto Holeshot and set his sights on clearing the track early in the opening Maxxis MX3 Moto. Connor Towill latched onto the back of Mather and in an impressive display of speed, took the lead position five minutes into the Moto, in a pass around the outside. Fastest Qualifier Ryan Alexanderson was on a mission, starting from outside the top 5 and systematically picking off each rider on his way to the front. With five minutes to go, Alexanderson made the move stick on Connor Towill to take the lead and stretch out and open a gap on the field to the flag, before taking the win. Behind Alexanderson it was Towill in 2nd, as Mather crashed out of third with only minutes remaining, allowing Byron Dennis through to the final podium spot.

Moto 2 saw a repeat opening sequence with Mather taking the Holeshot from Towill. However, Towill wasted no time in mounting another attack on Mather, scrubbing past to the lead only three turns into the race. As Towill stretched a 3-second lead by the halfway mark, Brock Flynn moved to second to keep Towill honest, eventually closing the gap to just one second as the laps progressed.

Cambell Williams and Ty Kean formed an epic battle for fourth position, before Kean collected Williams in a slow turn mistake, handing fourth to Alexanderson. With five minutes to go, Towill made a mistake giving the lead to Flynn, whilst bunching up the field at the front. Ultimately Alexanderson was too strong and the Moto 1 winner passes through to first position in the final two laps, taking 1-1 Moto scores and the overall victory.

Flynn rode to a solid second position, as Towill went down trying to make a pass for second on the final lap. With Towill’s crash, Flynn took third, while Mather claimed third place, taking second overall on the day. Red Plate holder Kayden Minear posted a consistent day away from his recent podium speed, posting 5-4 Moto scores, giving him fourth overall and keeping the Red Plate as he heads to the next round.

The ProMX Championship presented by AMX Superstores now heads to Queensland Moto Park for Round 7 on August 14th

THOR MX1 Overall Podium
1st – Dean Ferris
2nd – Kirk Gibbs
3rd – Aaron Tanti

Pirelli MX2 Overall Podium
1st – Wilson Todd
2nd – Nathan Crawford
3rd – Haruki Yokoyama

MAXXIS MX3 Overall Podium
1st – Ryan Alexanderson
2nd – Jack Mather
3rd – Brock Flynn

For full results of all classes click here.

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