Three-time Australian motocross champion Dean Ferris and pro rider Joel Evans were in Bundaberg on Friday, sharing their knowledge with aspiring riders.
The dynamic duo have been touring the state, visiting clubs and providing private lessons along the way.
Speaking to Bundaberg Now, Dean said the temporary closure of competitive motocross earlier in the year had provided a great opportunity to reach out to local clubs.
“Racing has been put on pause because of the pandemic and we have a high demand from all our students that there weren’t enough one-on-one specific skills being taught to them at the track,” Dean said.
“We decided to hit the road and do a big tour of Queensland and help out our masterclass students and whoever else wants to join in while we’re on the road.”
Over the past two months Dean and Joel and their partners have travelled to Toowoomba, Kingaroy, Gympie, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and Rockhampton offering their skills and advice to upcoming motocross riders.
“We’ve been flat-out these school holidays and taking advantage while the kids have some time off and are able to come out to the tracks and really work on their skills,” Joel said.
“The teaching dynamic works really good for both of us, because me or Dean can alternate, and we can do demos while the other riders explain what’s happening.”
It’s not just riding skills; both Dean and Joel’s partners specialise in psychology and physiology.
“Together the four of us bring a lot of value and at the end of the day we talk a lot about the body and nutrition and the mindset before a competition,” Joel said.
“We’re just all utilising our skills to help the sport out.”
Young Bundaberg motocross rider Jordan Evans was treated to a private lesson and said the opportunity to be taught by Joel and Dean was second to none.
“Dean and Joel, they’re some of the best riders in Australia and they’ve got so much experience and knowledge,” Jordan said.
“What they’ve taught me I’m able to take back to the track.”