CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team’s two-time defending Thor MX1 champion Dean Ferris started 2018 the same way he finished last year’s Pirelli MX Nationals, by winning both 30-minute races at Newry in Victoria.
Ferris opened his championship account balance with a perfect 70 points over his longtime rival Kirk Gibbs (KTM Motocross Racing Team). Closing out the podium for the opening round was young premier class rookie Raceline Pirelli KTM’s Mitch Evans.
In the opening race, Ferris and Gibbs traded blows early on before Ferris gained the ascendency and crossed the line with a three-second buffer over Gibbs, followed by Kade Mosig (DPH Motorsport Husqvarna), Brett Metcalfe (Penrite Honda Racing) and Evans.
The second race saw Ferris make one pass on the opening lap before stretching out a seven-second lead over Gibbs and Evans,…