Motocross

Dean Ferris signs with ICE1RACING to compete in Europe for 2012

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The ICE1RACING motocross team of former Formula 1 World Champion Kimi RÌ_ikk̦nen has inked a deal with 21-year-old Australian Dean Ferris for the 2012 MX1 GP season.

After a short term visit with Honda in 2010, Dean Ferris will now compete in his first full season of World Championship Motocross, after competing in the highly contested Australian Championships where he raced for the Monster Energy Kawasaki Team.

Ferris lead the championship from the start up to the penultimate round when a torn thumb ligament put him out of the running.

"I am really excited about joining ICE1RACING. It is a relatively new team in world championship motocross but the guys in the team are really experienced and know what it takes to win races. It's a real family atmosphere and they have made me feel welcome already which is great ‰ÛÒ I feel at home with them. Their goals are realistic and I have no doubt that they will support me in every way to achieve my goals," Ferris on his decision.

RÌ_ikk̦nen, who moved from F1 to WRC, expanded his motorsport variation by founding a motocross team ICE1RACING to compete in MX1 and MX2 in the Grand Prix circus this season.

"The season 2011 we gave for Finns. Young talents need to be supported and we wanted to be a part of giving the Finnish Champions a chance. This is how we feel with Dean also. He's a great rider already, we want to see how far he can go," RÌ_ikk̦nen said.

TheEuropean Race Planning Manager of Kawasaki Motors Europe, Steve Guttridge is happy with the union.

"The ICE1RACING team have arrived at MXGP's this year and presented a very calm but professional structure for Kawasaki. I think adding a guy like Dean into the team for 2012 can only be a good thing. Dean can make the full time move from Australia where he already races the KX450F to the highest level and so move into the ICE1 team very easily, working well together for the best results possible next season for the team and Kawasaki"

The team manager Kari Tiainen, the seven-time Enduro World Champion, was very pleased about the new edition to the team. "Dean has raced for Kawasaki in Australia and was very close to winning them a title so the fit is perfect for us. Kawasaki has supported us in this next step and we feel Dean has the potential to grow with us," explained Tiainen.

Ferris is excited about the new relationship, "I really enjoy the Kawasaki and have had great support from Kawasaki Australia and now that support is being extended here in Europe. I tested the ICE1RACING Kawasaki 450 and I love it!" he concluded.

Main Photo: Dean Ferris with team manager Kari Tiainen

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