But a 1-2 day for Ferris is far from the end of the world as he again snatched another round victory and increased his lead in the MX1 championship. With the series now taking a four-week break, Ferris can now recharge his body and mind after a busy start to the 2018 season and work towards a strong finish to the back half of the MX Nationals.
“How can you not be happy with a 1-2 result and a round win?” Ferris questions from the podium. “I would love to win every race I enter but sometimes things happen, sometimes other riders ride well, sometimes it just wasn’t meant to be, but I far from disappointed as I feel like my riding is good and the bike and team are working well.
“Kade rode a great race and I actually enjoyed being in a battle. It gives me motivation to know that I have to ride my best to win these races and I will work even harder to increase my speed and fitness during the break.
“The track to day was awesome and the club day a great job of preparing the track. It’s nice to get to the mid-way point with the championship with the points lead and I can’t thank everyone on the CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team for their support,” Ferris ends.
But moto two was better he finished in fourth place and the combined 8-4 results landed him in sixth for the round.
“Moto one was a bit of a struggle as I didn’t get a chance to settle into the race and was instantly under pressure from the riders behind me,” Long begins.
“So, for moto two I tried to keep a cool head, fight for places early in the race and ensure I had good track position as that is so important here at Murray Bridge.
“Today was typical of how my season has gone, with one good moto and one not so good moto so I need to work on my consistency and start putting two good races together. My focus during the break will be on applying myself to two races and improving my mental strength to ensure I can do that.
“If I can put a full day together, I’m sure a round podium isn’t out of the question,” Long said.
Long sits equal fifth in the championship chase.
Round six takes place on the rolling grass pastures of Conondale’s Green Park on the Sunshine Coast on July 1. The four week break in the calendar allows teams and riders to review the first half of the season and make any adjustments or improvements as the final five rounds happen in quick succession.
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