Ferris to USA in 2019
Posted on August 10, 2018
Motoonline in Australia have reported that triple Australian motocross champion Dean Ferris has notified the CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team that he won’t be defending his Pirelli MX Nationals championship in 2019, instead revealing he has committed to racing in the US full-time.
As we reported back in January, he will still miss the MXoN in October.
“It’s no secret that I’ve been trying to get to the USA now for a year or two,” Ferris told MotoOnline.com.au this afternoon on the eve of Coolum’s MX Nationals finals, just one week after he sealed a third-consecutive MX1 crown. “I’ve always had the aspiration to go back and race internationally and the time’s come.
“I must say, in my three years here I’ve really matured as a rider and have learned so much working with CDR, so I believe I am ready to go. I’ve made the decision that I’m not going to re-sign and that I will be assessing my options in the US – I’m a free-agent and am 100 percent committed to go and take my family with me.”
“The money’s not what it’s all about,” he added. “Ever since I was a young boy I wanted to challenge myself and I think I’ve got a lot to offer. Last year, when I went over there with little preparation and with a good little crew, I got a pretty good result. I can only imagine if I set up there and get on a solid program with a good bike, I feel like I can get even better than I am now. I have that desire to go and to give it a real good crack.
“What you’re seeing from me now, I believe, is far better than what you saw when I first came home. We worked together like a little family, we’re pretty tight the whole CDR crew, and it’s been a perfect combination. I’ve won a lot of races, led a lot of laps and I believe we’ve learned a lot. Physically, I’m at a far higher level as well.”
“I want to focus on motocross, generally because it’s my passion more so than supercross,” admitted Ferris. “While I am pretty good at supercross, I would rather just focus on the outdoors at this moment in time – getting an outdoor contract is the goal. I’d really want to stay on a 450, even though I believe I’m good on a 250 too, the 450 suits my style and that would be my priority.”
“I definitely won’t be at MXoN this year since it clashes with supercross, which is unfortunate,” he explained. “But in saying that, trying to compete and get ready in both is not ideal, so I wanted to give it a good crack at supercross without any distractions.”
Story by www.motonline.com.au