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DERT’s Dean Ferris Causes Upset For Locals At Deep Well

27 January 2009 - Dean Ferris, supported by Desert Edge Race Team (DERT) has taken out the trophy for the Deep Well Race in Alice Springs in the toughest of outback conditions.

The event, which is generally considered to be a lead up to the Finke Desert Race, delivered 40 degree weather and some of the country’s best competitors including KTM mounted Ben Grabham and Brad Williscroft.

Ferris put the field on notice after a dominating holeshot and first moto win. Moto 2 saw Grabham get out front early setting a fast pace, with the 19-year-old Ferris managing to close in for a clean second place in heavily dusty conditions.

Overall honours were decided on the last race with Grabham taking the holeshot, followed by fellow Honda mounted Caleb Auricht. Ferris battled through very rough, high speed desert conditions, clocking lap times of around 8 minutes on the 9.5 km track.

The New South Wales based DERT rider came out in front and settled into a very fast smooth pace, building a 20 second gap before cruising out the final lap for the victory. Grabham finished second with a fast closing Auricht in third.

"I have never seen nor ridden in anything like it,” Ferris said. “To win is unbelievable. I didn’t know what to expect before I showed up and had only heard about the conditions. I didn’t know how I’d go against Grabham and all the locals.”

“The track was gnarly like a motocross circuit except you’re going so much faster and there are no bits where you can sit down at all. The first moto went to plan, but the heat in the second moto went up to about 45 degrees so I had to settle for second. In the third race, I went bananas and passed everyone in the first couple minutes.”

“It was a great experience. I had 100% trust in the DERT guys and they set me up an awesome bike for the conditions. I’m here in Alice now for a bit longer to do a pre run on the Finke Desert Trace track with the Team.”

The Deep Well Motocross has been going strong for 33 years, with the red sand, huge dunes and oppressive heat making for a truly unique event.

In other news, local DERT Honda rider Ryan Branford was on his way to the race before his expectant fiancé Kelsey made the call that she was going into labour with their first child! Branford made his way to the hospital and 6 hours later was presented with a healthy baby girl, Miley Ann Branford.