Dean Ferris has made a flawless return to Pirelli MX Nationals racing taking both MX1 moto wins at round 4 of the championship at Murray Bridge, SA, while Honda's Kyle Webster was the class of the MX2 field taking the round win while Max Purvis walked away with the MXD class win.
In his return to the championship, Dean Ferris led the opening lap of the first MX1 moto ahead of Jayden Rykers and Kirk Gibbs. Leading privateer Jesse Dobson, and round two winner Luke Clout rounded the opening lap at the tale of the field after crashing while Todd Waters was also outside the top ten. Rykers and Gibbs battled for second early on while Hayden Mellross, Dylan Long and Lawson Bopping ran in the next group. By lap six Gibbs had gotten by Rykers but had a six-second deficit to Ferris.
Try as he might Gibbs couldn't reel Ferris in and the defending champion went on to a convincing thirteen-second win in his return to the series. Gibbs was second with an impressive Rykers finishing eight seconds ahead of Mellross for third. Clout and Waters mounted an impressive charge from the back of the field in the closing stages to claim fifth and sixth respectively.
Ferris made it two holeshots in a row in the second moto and let everyone know he had lost none of his championship winning form. Luke Clout followed in second ahead of Justin Rodbell, Mellross, Gibbs, Bopping and Waters. Gibbs, after moving into third, lost his front end and went into a slow motion face plant and was now set with a big task to come back to a top finish. Waters moved into fourth and set his sights Mellross while Ferris and Clout still battled for the lead within a second of each other.
Clout never looked like Ferris had his number and was persistently a second behind, in DRS zone, lap after lap. But in the end, Ferris was just to consistent, smooth and 100% mistake free. going onto make it two wins in a row for the overall win. Mellross rounded out a good day with third ahead of Waters; an impressive Jayden Rykers was fifth. Gibbs finished out of the points and down a lap.
Ferris took the round overall ahead of Clout and Mellross third.
"It was good to come out here and blow away the cobwebs," Ferris said. "I was a bit steady in practice but once the gate dropped i got going and got two holeshots, so that was awesome - it's been a long time since i did that. It was definitely key to get holeshots here today because the racing was tight. Raceline and RecoveR8 pulled this together in a few weeks so a huge thanks to them," Ferris concluded.