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Ferris wheels off with win in first Manji 15000

Tari JeffersManjimup-Bridgetown Times
New South Wales motocross rider Dean Ferris has come away with the Manjimup 15,000 overall win in his debut at the event.
Camera IconNew South Wales motocross rider Dean Ferris has come away with the Manjimup 15,000 overall win in his debut at the event. Credit: True Spirit Photos

Reigning Australian MX Nationals champion Dean Ferris held off strong competition to win the Manjimup 15,000 on Sunday.

After a day of heart-racing motocross action at the Manjimup Cosy Creek track, the New South Wales rider came away from the annual event with three firsts and a second, giving him enough points to take the win.

Second overall was three-time Manjimup 15,000 winner Kirk Gibbs and third place went to Kyle Webster, who has placed third several times over the years.

Ferris, Gibbs and Webster also placed first to third, respectively, in the Manjimup 15,000 Allstars MX1 final on Sunday afternoon.

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First place went to Dean Ferris, centre, with Kirk Gibbs taking second and Kyle Webster third.
Camera IconFirst place went to Dean Ferris, centre, with Kirk Gibbs taking second and Kyle Webster third. Credit: True Spirit Photos

Event organiser Willie Thomson said about 5700 people attended the event across the weekend, with numbers slightly up on last year.

“We also had 504 entries, including a few made at the gate,” Thomson said.

“Highlights were the weather, the track and the racing, especially the women’s national racing.

“The women put on a great show this year.”

The Manjimup 15,000 was roaring success at the weekend with more than 500 entries.
Camera IconThe Manjimup 15,000 was roaring success at the weekend with more than 500 entries. Credit: Pictures: True Spirit Photos, True Spirit Photos

In the Women’s National Championships, Meghan Rutledge came first, ahead of Maddy Brown in second and Jessica Moore in third place.

Manjimup’s Charlie Blee and Chelsea Blakers came ninth and 10th, respectively, in the Women’s National Championships final.

Craig Bolton was the clear winner in the Pro division with a total of 126 points, with Steven Pocock and Codey Rowe second and third behind him.

Three-time Manjimup 15,000 winner Kirk Gibbs placed second this year.
Camera IconThree-time Manjimup 15,000 winner Kirk Gibbs placed second this year. Credit: True Spirit Photos

Manjimup club member Stevie Heilers stormed the Veterans National Championship competition to claim top spot, with Bryan Staring second and Steve Powell third.

In the Masters Championship, Craig Anderson took the top spot, followed by Manjimup’s James Craig, with Christian Horwood rounding out the three.

Manjimup riders did well in the MX1 and MX2 finals, with Austin Styles winning MX1 and Courtney East coming eighth, while Taj Barnsby came third in MX2.

Meghan Rutledge took the top spot in the Women's National Championships.
Camera IconMeghan Rutledge took the top spot in the Women's National Championships. Credit: True Spirit Photos

Junior races were held on Saturday and in the 65cc 7-u12 final, Manjimup’s Kai McGinty came fourth and Patrick Butler placed sixth.

Manjimup’s Camball McMahon came third in the 85cc/150cc 12-u16 final with a total of 122 points. Local riders were also out in force in the 85cc/150cc 9-u12 final, with Cobey Brown taking third place, Tate Paganini fourth, Butler fifth and Kai McGinty sixth.

Thomson said injuries were down this year, with only seven incidents on Saturday and 22 on Sunday.

“There’s lots of things that makes the event special,” he said.

Regan Duffy had eight wins from eight starts on Saturday and was also junior shootout champion.
Camera IconRegan Duffy had eight wins from eight starts on Saturday and was also junior shootout champion. Credit: True Spirit Photos

“It’s also the venue, the track is the best in Australia. It’s the soils, contours and large areas.”

Thomson added the Cosy Creek track was the “right distance” from Perth and it would lose what made it special if competitors could visit every weekend as a regular circuit.

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