CDR Yamaha rider Dean Ferris has raced to a round six MX1 class win by the narrowest of margins, edging out local favourite Matt Moss at the official Military round of the Motul MX Nationals, at the Nowra Motoplex in New South Wales today.
After the Thor MX1 qualifying session this morning, it was an eventful GoPro Superpole which determined that CDR Yamaha‰Ûªs Ferris would take the first pick of the MX1 grid today, while Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team‰Ûªs Dylan Long finished Superpole in second, ahead of National Pump Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team‰Ûªs Kade Mosig who qualified third fastest.
In what was a disappointing blow for series points leader Kirk Gibbs, the number one KTM rider was suffering knee soreness and was unable to finish this morning‰Ûªs qualifying session, forced to enter the pits assisted by Racesafe.
Despite problems in qualifying this morning, Gibbs, not only lined up for race one, but secured the first MXStore holeshot before moving in to the early race lead. Followed closely behind Gibbs was local Nowra rider Matt Moss, who managed to capitalize on the home crowd support by applying the pressure on Gibbs for the lead ‰ÛÒ and by lap three it was Moss who had gained control of moto one.
With Moss out in front, Gibbs slid back to second place, followed by Dean Ferris who maintained third. Mosig and Wilson Coolair Motul Factory Suzuki rider Todd Waters were locked in to their own battle for fourth position, just a bikes length back from the lead group.
With ten minutes run, Moss had stretched out his lead to a commanding four seconds, leaving Gibbs, Ferris, Waters, and Mosig to battle for the remaining top spots behind him. And battle they did. By the time riders reached lap nine, spectators were treated to a three-way battle for second position, with Ferris, Gibbs and Waters all exiting turn one bar to bar ‰ÛÒ but it was Ferris who made the pass stick, moving in to second place followed by Waters, while Gibbs went down however recovered to resume in fifth behind Mosig.
As moto one reached its final stages, there was little change to the race order ‰ÛÒ Moss continuing to look comfortable out in front, while Ferris and Waters occupied second and third positions respectively.
And when the chequered flag flew, Moss‰Ûªs dominating form saw him awarded with the moto one win, followed by Ferris and Mosig who wrapped up race one in second and third places respectively.
Gibbs concluded the first race of the day in fourth place, while Waters who had battled for a podium position throughout the moto, finished in fifth after his chain de-railed and cracked his casing - he was able to re-mount it - on the last two laps. Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team‰Ûªs Jay Wilson finished in sixth, followed by DPH Motorsport‰Ûªs Jacob Wright (7th) and Long who finished in eighth.
In moto two, Moss wasted no time in getting to the race lead, taking the second MX1 holeshot for the day ‰ÛÒ but when riders headed on to their second lap, it was Ferris who had taken control from Moss, followed by Gibbs in third position.
With vital championship points up for grabs, Moss was not prepared to go down without a fight ‰ÛÒ and with only one more lap in the books, Moss had snatched back the race lead, setting up the final moto as dash to the finish line.
After five laps, Moss began to stretch out his gap on Ferris, allowing the Kawasaki rider some much needed breathing space. And by the half way point in the race, there had been no change to the top three positions, Moss continuing to lead from Ferris, followed by Gibbs in third. Suzuki mounted Waters held down fourth position, followed by Long (Honda) who completed the top five standings.
As moto two for the Thor MX1 class reached its closing stages, riders had settled in to their respective positions ‰ÛÒ but it was the fairy tale ending that was being set up by Moss, which kept the crowd‰Ûªs eyes firmly fixed on the tough Nowra circuit.
But just when spectators thought their local star had the race all wrapped up, a small crash on the second last lap handed the lead to Ferris ‰ÛÒ Moss then forced to chase down the CDR Yamaha rider if he was to go undefeated.
Despite every effort from Moss, time simply ran out, and when the chequered flag flew for the final time, it was Ferris who took the final race win for the day by the narrowest of margins, while Moss was forced to settle for second position. Gibbs concluded the final moto of the day in third, followed by Waters and Long who completed the top five.
When points were tallied, despite Ferris and Moss finishing equal on 67 points, Ferris‰Ûª win in the final race of the day saw him awarded with the round six overall win on a countback, while National Pump Monster Energy Kawasaki‰Ûªs Moss wrapped up the day in second, and Gibbs concluded the round in third overall. Gibbs now holds on to the red plate by 15 points.
‰ÛÏIt feels good to get the win here at Nowra. There‰Ûªs been six rounds and I‰Ûªve only won two of them so it‰Ûªs a solid result,‰Û