Motocross

Ferris 7th in Italy, disappointed with drop in pace during moto two

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Australian, Dean Ferris has posted a 7-7 result at the 9th round of the FIM MX World championship held on the historical hillside circuit of Maggiora in Italy.

The Monster Energy Yamaha racer started off his weekend well when Saturday‰Ûªs qualification race saw Ferris finish a strong second behind Russian hopeful, Alexander Tonkov, which would give the Aussie a good gate pick for Sunday‰Ûªs 2 x 35 min motos.

As the gate dropped for the first MX2 moto, Ferris reacted well but lost out on the straight to Jeffrey Herlings. He emerged in 4th and hung onto the back of the current MX2 points leader.

An aggressive pass by Englishman, Jake Nichols, almost put both riders in the cheap seats and Ferris had to recover quickly but did not look comfortable on his bike. He lost a further 4 positions over the course of the moto and was disappointed to cross the line in 7th.

‰ÛÏIn the first moto I had a few issues with the bike and was fighting the whole time." Ferris explained. "I finished seventh in that one."

Ferris could not capitalise on a better start in Moto two and was left mid pack as he exited the first turn. He made some clever passes and broke into the top 10 on the first lap.

Setting a blistering pace in the first 5 laps he rocketed to 6th with the leading train within his sites. A mistake moments later would allow Charlier to pass with Ferris not able to recover his former speed as he had to settle for 7th place.

"I had a terrible start in the second and then my best first fifteen or twenty minutes of the year, I passed loads of guys coming through the field." Ferris stated. "I don‰Ûªt know what happened then. The other boys might have stepped it up and I couldn‰Ûªt really move with the rhythm I had.

"Everyone pulled away. Physically I feel fine and there aren‰Ûªt any problems there. I think it was one of the better tracks we‰Ûªve had from the last few rounds and the times were close in qualifying. It was a bit disappointing to drop off the pace like that.

While Ferris was a little disappointed with his pace in moto two, there was still plenty of positives to take away from the weekend.

"I got more points than last week, so that‰Ûªs a positive but my goal is to get a final podium position in the championship and I can‰Ûªt keep riding like this in order to do that.‰Û

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