Aussie Dean Ferris has held down a valuable sixth place at the MX GP of Thailand, leaving him third in the championship as the series heads back to Europe.
The new Si Racha circuit hosted the very first Grand Prix of Thailand in FIM Motocross World Championship history and the crowd didn’t disappoint with 17,000 spectators in attendance around the 1.7km circuit.
Ferris was the fastest starter in the Superfinal against the bigger bikes and was haunting the top five. The Australian had ridden to fifth earlier in the day for the opening moto but lost feeling in his hand during the second outing and couldn’t maintain a regular pace. After making the podium at the opening round in Qatar, he had his hands on another trophy at one stage but by finishing 6th in his class he had to accept the same ranking in the overall listing for the Grand Prix.
“It’s frustrating. Another position and I would have had the podium but I couldn’t do anything about it. My hand was numb after the first five minutes. I was thinking more about the championship and the wider picture than trying to go faster and definitely crashing. I got a good start! The first 250 in the Superfinal so that Yamaha and Cosworth engine has really shown again what it can do. It’s been a good first two rounds with the team and I love working with the guys. It has been positive just getting to know them and hang out in Pattaya for the week. Overall it’s been a bright start to the championship.”
Yamaha’s now hold 3rd and 4th in the world championship standings with Ferris in the top three with team mate Christophe Charlier just four points behind after he had a strong finish in Thailand just off the podium. The paddock heads back to Europe after an opening to the campaign that involved trips to the Middle East and Asia. A pause of three weeks precedes round three in the sand of Valkenswaard for the Grand Prix of the Netherlands on Easter Monday.