Australian motocross champ drops into Warwick track
WHEN Dean Ferris was 10 years old, he was one of the young guns whipping around the Morgan Park dirt bike track and launching down a path that would see him reach the pinnacle of his sport in Australia.
He has not only claimed the Australian Motocross Champion title for the past three years in a row, he also became the first person to score a perfect season with his performance in 2018.
Mr Ferris, who hails from Kyogle, was back at Morgan Park this weekend for the KTM South East Queensland Junior Motocross Series.
He said the trip reminded him of his childhood when he used to hit the track and camp overnight while competing.
He's regularly made the trip back to Warwick over the years when he's able to but this is the first time he's taking part in the South East Queensland series in 13 years.
"It's really open and the soil here is good to ride on," he said.
"It brings back the memories of being a kid.
"It keeps you grounded - I love it."
Mr Ferris, 29, said two things helped him reach the top of his sport and they were persistence and obsession.
He's been riding for as long as he can remember and as soon as he finished school he was able to make a living from his beloved hobby.
"It was always my thing, it's always what I wanted," he said.
"When I heard you could make a job out of it, I went all in."
Mr Ferris has trained himself throughout his career, but he's now launching a new apprenticeship program to help young riders fast track their development.
The program is called the Motocross Masterclass with Dean Ferris and offers online mentoring in a range of areas including technique, mindset, health, bike testing and strategy.
Mr Ferris said he was the first person to design an apprenticeship for the sport and he has injected his 18 years' of experience into the program.
"I've built it for the young me," he said.
"There was no information so I have to learn it the hard way - I want to change that.
"I feel like I've got the knowledge and I want to share it. Their road doesn't need to be as bumpy or long as mine was."
Mr Ferris is still riding professionally and will hit the track at Morgan Park tomorrow.
The action starts at 8am at the Warwick Dirt Bike Club and entry is free for spectators.
For more information on the mentorship program head to www.deanferris.com.au.