Round 5 of the FIM Motocross World Championship proved to be roller coaster ride for ICE1RACING'S Dean Ferris.
A very strong qualification race on Saturday with a 5th place finish set Ferris up for a good start gate for Sunday's race, which would be crucial after an overnight downpour drenched the circuit for Moto 1. Getting out of the gate well, Ferris rounded the first lap in 3rd place and was setting some impressive lap times in the tricky and rutted conditions. He then moved into second spot behind Christophe Pourcel when Russian Evgeny Bobryshev made a mistake. With five minutes to go Ferris seemed to have second spot wrapped up when a small mistake caught the Australian off guard and he went down in the muddy mayhem. Ferris salvaged 11th but was disappointed with the end result.
The second moto would end prematurely for Ferris when he went down in the second turn after avoiding a pile-up in the first turn. He tried his best to work his way back into the points but then hit a rock that de-railed the chain.
"The last two weeks have been great experience for me," recalled Ferris. "The 5th place in qualification yesterday gave me a lot of confidence coming into the GP today even with the muddy conditions. I thought I had second place in the bag but goes to show it's never done until you cross the finish line. My speed is improving with every race and I look forward to putting two solid moto's together in France."
Ferris heads back to Europe before Round 6 of the 16-round series moves to St Jean d'Angely in France on June 2-3.
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