A memorable final round of the 2016 MX Nationals at Coolum, Queensland, on Sunday has resulted in Dunlop-equipped riders taking Australian Motocross Championships across the board.
The premier MX1 championship went to CDR Yamaha’s Dean Ferris, who was able to beat fellow Dunlop racer Kirk Gibbs by six points for his first national championship.
Ferris stormed to the all-important Super Pole on Sunday morning and then followed up with the opening moto victory. Second in moto two and overall was enough to edge out last year’s champion Gibbs for this year’s crown.
For KTM Motocross Racing Team’s Gibbs it was another successful season, falling short of the number one plate after finishing third at Coolum, but still displaying his capabilities as a legitimate title threat.
The MX2 championship also resulted in a spectacular Dunlop 1-2 result, with DPH Motorsport Yamaha rider Jed Beaton battling to his maiden title via a triumphant round win. He led KTM Motocross Racing Team’s Caleb Ward to the championship.
On top of the series success, Dunlop’s Beaton, Ward and Serco Yamaha-mounted Wilson Todd swept the Coolum podium to cap off the season in the best possible fashion.
Yamalube Yamaha Racing rider Mitch Evans clinched the MXD Under 19s championship at the final round, making it a perfect scorecard for Dunlop-supported Yamaha teams in the series.
“What a fantastic result for Dunlop,” commented Sabastian Mincone, Dunlop national motorcycle manager. “With an overall first and second in MX1, an overall first and second in MX2 and a championship in MXD we could not have wished for better results.
“This has been such a hotly-contested series with the results going down to the wire in most classes. My thanks to all the riders and teams who trusted in our product and used Dunlop tyres in this series and my congratulations to all.”
Teams will now turn their attention to the opening round of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship at Jimboomba X Stadium in Queensland on Saturday, 17 September.