Ferris wins MX Nationals to dislodge monkey from his back
MOTOR SPORT: Dean Ferris says he's got a monkey off his back by winning a breakthrough MX Nationals MX1 title in the series final round at Coolum.
The 26-year-old on Sunday returned to the venue for the first time since 2011, when his championship hopes were dashed with a crash in that event.
He made sure of things this time with a composed and skilful showing.
His second place in the 10th and final round of this year's campaign propelled him past Kirk Gibbs in the overall standings.
"I thought I was going to wrap it up five years ago but I'd counted my chickens before they'd hatched, so it was good to get it done here,” he said.
"Last time I raced here I was crawling off that first turn so it was good to go across the line.”
Ferris said that crash had influenced his riding.
"At that point in my career, I was hoping to wrap up the title and then it all went pear-shaped,” he said
"I was leading the championships (heading into the penultimate round) but then I ended up nowhere so I just went, 'bugger it, I'll go to Europe now' because I had the opportunity.”
He competed overseas for four years before returning to Australia for this season, linking with juggernaut CDR Yamaha.
Ferris had some hiccups, including a crash in Western Australia, but won more races than anyone else (eight) to ultimately claim his first MX1 title.
In 2010, he went into the series finale in second place before finishing third, and in 2011 he went into the decider in third place before finishing third, after letting slip the series lead at the penultimate event.
"It's a monkey off the back. I've come close to winning it but for whatever reason it didn't happen so now I've got it done,” he said.
He's unsure whether he will launch another overseas campaign next year.
Ferris finished on 666 points, six ahead of Gibbs, with round winner Todd Waters another 13 points adrift.
Gibbs went into the final round with an unexpected and slender lead in the series but his third place finish at Coolum wasn't enough to hold on to the country's top motocross mantle.
In the Moto2 division, Jed Beaton claimed a series triumph, 13 points ahead of Caleb Ward.
Mitchell Evans won the MXD under-19s division.