Dean Ferris has suffered a disappointing end to his 2011 Australian Motocross Championship with heavy falls taking him from series favorite to 4th position overall in just 2 rounds!
Heading into the penultimate round just over a week ago Ferris held a strong lead in the series, and kicked the day off with a superb pole-position. A heavy fall in moto 3 left him with serious ligament damage in his thumb and dropped him out for the day and lost him his lead in the championship.
Putting off his required surgery needed to re-attach the ligaments to his thumb, Ferris endured the pain and headed to the final round this past weekend, hoping to at least maintain an overall podium position, but it was just not to be.
Amazingly Ferris posted pole position on Saturday, despite very limited strength and movement in his hand, and kicked off Sunday with a 3rd and 4th in the opening races. Moto 3 would see Ferris go down hard once again, hitting the deck on turn one with fellow championship rival, Josh Coppins. Both riders sustained hard knocks and had to be hospitalized, but luckily for Ferris there was no major injury sustained.
Dean Ferris is due to undergo surgery today in order to repair the damage to his thumb sustained last week, and will then spend a couple of weeks at home recovering. After this Ferris aims to fly out to Europe to watch a few Grand Prix events, and possibly spend some time riding the European tracks before heading home later in the year in order to contest the 2011 Australian Supercross series, on board a 250/Lites bike.
Dean Ferris, “I am just laying here, being prepared to go into surgery now to get my thumb fixed. I had more tests on my chest and there is no further injury there to worry about. I will take it easy for the next week or so and then start light physical training again. I am gonna head over to Europe to see some GP’s, that will be fun, and hopefully we will know soon what the MX of Nations team selection will be. I raced last year for my country and just loved it. Since then I have progressed further with my riding, and if I get selected again this year I feel confident to get a good result. I was at the French GP to watch last year, that is where this years MXoN is, and the track and fans are awesome.”