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Dean Ferris Heads To 2023 ProMX Final With The Upper Hand

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Former Australian Champion Dean Ferris will be the one to catch as he heads to the final round of the 2023 ProMX Championship with a fifteen point lead.

Dean Ferris carries a fifteen point lead in the MX1 class into the final round of the 2023 ProMX Championship at Coolum after an impressive double moto win at Queensland Moto Park last weekend.

Ferris showed he can win races from the front, but also charge from the back in a dominant day for the former champion.

“It took me a bit to get going in the morning as I worked to get the bike dialled in, but even though I didn’t get a great lap in Superpole, I felt like I had made progress with my settings, and I was good to go for the races,” he explained

“I got off to a great start and took a comfortable victory in the first moto. Race two was a lot more difficult as I made a bonehead move on the first lap and went down while leading. I got up as quickly as I could and then just tried to stay calm and get myself back into the race. Fortunately, I was able to make some quick passes, capitalise on some mistakes by the other riders and get to the front with a few laps to spare.

“So, a great day for me here and good to carry the red plate into the final round this weekend at Coolum,” Ferris concluded.

While Ferris had the perfect run results wise it was a different story for Yamaha’s second championship contender Aaron Tanti.

After Ferris fell in the second moto Tanti piled on the speed to pull out an eight second lead on the chasing pack. With ten minutes to run, disaster struck for the defending champion, when he collided with a back marker as he lapped them and went down damaging his radiator.

Coolant spewed from the bike and while he circulated a couple more laps, the team bought him in, concerned the motor may have overheated. He couldn’t finish the race and as a result, dropped back to fourth in the championship.

“A real up and down day for me with good speed in qualifying to take first, then an average first race and I had a great second race going until I come together with a lapped rider. As I picked the bike up, I could see a puddle of coolant on the ground and knew making it to the finish would be tough.

“I did a couple of slow laps, but the team called me to prevent any further damage to the bike or having it overheat on the track.
It was a disappointing end to a challenging day,” Tanti lamented.

The final round of the ProMX Championship will conclude this weekend at Coolumn.

A clash with a lapper and a damaged radiator, as a result, saw defending MX1 Champion Aaron Tanti drop to fourth in the standings and out to long-shot odds to retain his title.

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