Fer­ris wheels his way to first win

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Front Page - Pic­ture: True Spirit Photos

New South Wales mo­tocross rider Dean Fer­ris has come away with the Man­jimup 15,000 over­all win in his de­but at the event. Fer­ris is the 2017 Aus­tralian MX Na­tion­als cham­pion and is the lead­ing rider in the 2018 cham­pi­onship. About 5700 peo­ple turned out to Man­jimup’s Cosy Creek mo­tocross track for the an­nual event.

REIGN­ING Aus­tralian MX Na­tion­als cham­pion Dean Fer­ris held off strong com­pe­ti­tion to win the Man­jimup 15,000 on Sun­day.

Af­ter a day of heart-rac­ing mo­tocross ac­tion at the Man­jimup Cosy Creek track, the New South Wales rider came away from the an­nual event with three firsts and a sec­ond, giv­ing him enough points to take the win.

Sec­ond over­all was three-time Man­jimup 15,000 win­ner Kirk Gibbs and third place went to Kyle Web­ster, who has placed third sev­eral times over the years.

Fer­ris, Gibbs and Web­ster also placed first to third, re­spec­tively, in the Man­jimup 15,000 All­stars MX1 fi­nal on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Event or­gan­iser Wil­lie Thom­son said about 5700 peo­ple at­tended the event across the week­end, with num­bers slightly up on last year.

“We also had 504 en­tries, in­clud­ing a few made at the gate,” Thom­son said.

“High­lights were the weather, the track and the rac­ing, es­pe­cially the women’s na­tional rac­ing.

“The women put on a great show this year.”

In the Women’s Na­tional Cham­pi­onships, Meghan Rut­ledge came first, ahead of Maddy Brown in sec­ond and Jes­sica Moore in third place.

Man­jimup’s Char­lie Blee and Chelsea Blak­ers came ninth and 10th, re­spec­tively, in the Women’s Na­tional Cham­pi­onships fi­nal.

Craig Bolton was the clear win­ner in the Pro divi­sion with a to­tal of 126 points, with Steven Po­cock and Codey Rowe sec­ond and third be­hind him.

Man­jimup club mem­ber Ste­vie Heil­ers stormed the Veter­ans Na­tional Cham­pi­onship com­pe­ti­tion to claim top spot, with Bryan Star­ing sec­ond and Steve Pow­ell third.

In the Mas­ters Cham­pi­onship, Craig An­der­son took the top spot, fol­lowed by Man­jimup’s James Craig, with Chris­tian Hor­wood round­ing out the three.

Man­jimup rid­ers did well in the MX1 and MX2 finals, with Austin Styles win­ning MX1 and Court­ney East com­ing eighth, while Taj Barnsby came third in MX2.

Ju­nior races were held on Satur­day and in the 65cc 7-u12 fi­nal, Man­jimup’s Kai McGinty came fourth and Pa­trick But­ler placed sixth.

Man­jimup’s Cam­ball McMa­hon came third in the 85cc/150cc 12-u16 fi­nal with a to­tal of 122 points. Lo­cal rid­ers were also out in force in the 85cc/150cc 9-u12 fi­nal, with Cobey Brown tak­ing third place, Tate Pa­ganini fourth, But­ler fifth and Kai McGinty sixth.

Thom­son said in­juries were down this year, with only seven in­ci­dents on Satur­day and 22 on Sun­day.

“There’s lots of things that makes the event spe­cial,” he said.

“It’s also the venue, the track is the best in Aus­tralia. It’s the soils, con­tours and large ar­eas.”

Thom­son added the Cosy Creek track was the “right dis­tance” from Perth and it would lose what made it spe­cial if com­peti­tors could visit ev­ery week­end as a reg­u­lar cir­cuit.

Pic­tures: True Spirit Photos

First place went to Dean Fer­ris, cen­tre, with Kirk Gibbs tak­ing sec­ond and Kyle Web­ster third. The Man­jimup 15,000 was roar­ing suc­cess at the week­end with more than 500 en­tries.

Meghan Rut­ledge took the top spot in the Women's Na­tional Cham­pi­onships.

Re­gan Duffy had eight wins from eight starts on Satur­day and was also ju­nior shootout cham­pion.

Three-time Man­jimup 15,000 win­ner Kirk Gibbs placed sec­ond this year.

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