Dean Ferris is deep into his recovery phase from the broken femur sustained at the penultimate round of the 2014 FIM Motocross World Championship and is firmly looking ahead to next year where he will attempt his first full season as part of the MXGP field.
The Australian has yet to announce details of the contract he has signed for 2015 but it is believed to be with Husqvarna and will involve the 24 year old choosing between FC350 or FC450 machinery.
Ferris was initially linked with Ilario Ricci’s team but the confirmation this week that Rui Goncalves will be the Italian’s MXGP representative means that his place will therefore lie with the Red Bull IceOne crew (with who he contested five MXGP rounds as a wild-card this summer) or Jacky Martens’ Wilvo Nestaan squad based in Lommel, Belgium.
Ferris was keen to get back into Grand Prix after a difficult, injury-cursed and ill-fated stint with Red Bull KTM in AMA competition. The 2013 Belgian GP winner found a saddle despite only coming back to Europe from round twelve and the Swedish round. “There was not a lot around. I was under a lot of pressure in those races to do well and it was definitely hard coming off the injury, getting up to speed and getting the job done,” he described in the wake of taking a sixth overall in Finland and also showing promising speed on Tyla Rattray’s works FC350. “It was a rushed period with testing and settling in but I did enough to secure a really good ride for next year.”
“I put all my eggs into one basket that I would be coming here to race MXGP [for 2015],” he explains. “There was no other option in my mind because I wanted to be here in Europe pretty badly. You have to go where you want to go. No regrets, I had a great opportunity with Red Bull KTM and I had to take it.”