Following a long and successful career, which has included racing across the globe, Dean Ferris has announced his retirement from professional racing. Ferris shared that news on social media, via the following heartfelt statement. It is hinted that he will remain in the sport in a coaching role or something similar. Ferris has not raced for some time; he fractured his T4, T5, T6 and T7 as well suffering 10 broken ribs.
“Well guys I didn’t ever think this day would come but here it is. My professional racing career has come to an end! I’m choking up while writing this as motocross has been my life. All I ever wanted to do as a young boy was ride bikes and I’m proud as hell about how far I made it. The road was long and extremely difficult but so worth it. Not to mention the great people, life skills, lessons and exploration I gained along the way. I’ve known for a while that my racing days are done but I’ve needed time to see what’s next and how involved in motocross I want to be. No matter what I try, I keep ending up back at the track and it’s bloody satisfying to pass on my knowledge that seemed so hard to obtain. So you’ll be seeing me around the track, just with a different role. Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone that played a part.”
Ferris is arguably best known for his stint with Steve Dixon, in which he won one Grand Prix (the Grand Prix of Belgium at Bastogne in 2013) and shocked the world with 4-5 moto scores on a YZ250F at the 2013 Motocross of Nations. Ferris also raced for Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing and Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing in Grands Prix, as well as Red Bull KTM Factory Racing and Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing in the USA.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Bavo Swijgers