A mud-ridden opening to the 2011 Australian SX series witnessed a bitter sweet result for Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Dean Ferris in Melbourne on Saturday night.
Twenty-one-year-old Ferris got his Lites class debut off to a great start by dominating his qualification race with a hole-shot and strong victory.Ã‚Â Ferris would do the same in the first, of the two final races as he again led the race from start to finish, showing impressive speed and control to take the first moto victory.
Photo by Rudy Baker – Kawasaki
His third consecutive hole-shot of the night put Ferris in the perfect position to take a double moto victory when he hit a tuff block and went down.Ã‚Â He quickly recovered to third spot but hit another block in the slippery conditions on the final lap and eventually crossed the line in 10th spot.
“The track conditions were quite tricky tonight but I enjoy the mud and that showed in my speed as I was the fastest guy out there but then I hit a tuff block in the second final moto which threw away the victory.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â I’m really happy with the performance of my bike and am having a lot of fun on the KX250F.Ã‚Â There are five back to back races in the series so the secret is going to be consistency.” admitted Ferris.
Round 2 of the 5 round series heads to Wollongong at the Win Stadium in New South Wales on the 29th October.