National series won but champ still driven for final round
MOTOR SPORT: In-form racer Dean Ferris says he still has plenty of drive to win at Coolum this weekend, despite claiming the national series title with a round to spare.
The 28-year-old is determined to cap his ultra-impressive season with a strong showing on the 10th and final stop on the circuit.
"My motivation is always high. I always want to do my best and try to win," he said.
"I'm still training flat-out for this race. But it's nice to be able to train without the pressure of the championship hanging on you."
The New South Welshman secured his third straight MX Nationals crown last weekend, with a comprehensive victory at Gladstone.
He's dominated this year's MX Nationals series, winning every round.
But the Yamaha rider is wary at what is one of the most demanding stops on the tour.
Fitness and concentration are key at Coolum.
"It's really physical. You've got to make sure you're in top condition," Ferris said.
"And it's rough, so you've got to keep your eye in the game and stay focused, 100 per cent.
"There was a strong chance I could win it (the championship) in Gladstone and was glad I did so I don't have to carry all that pressure into the last round," he said.
He's eager to soon test his wares on the international stage.
"It's time for me to spread my wings and go overseas. I'm looking at trying to do a deal to get to the USA and ride there full-time.
"Now the title is wrapped up I can put in a bit of extra energy into trying to secure a deal over there.
"It still might take time but as long as it's a really good bike and team, there's no reason I couldn't go."
He believes he could mix it with many of the world's best there, especially after finishing second in a one-off race there last year.
"My pace is right there with the best guys so I think a full-time gig in a full-time program and living over there would definitely be an advantage and hopefully I could at least showcase my talent."
But for now, his focus is on this weekend's racing.
"The weather always turns it on at Coolum and so does the racing too. It's one of the best every year and something we always look forward to."
Organisers expect about $450,000 to be injected into the local economy, with thousands of fans converging for the event.