Armed with two experienced pilots who know how to win, a championship winning bike that has been through a multi-year development period and stability behind the scenes, CDR Yamaha have crossed the I’s and dotted the T’s as they are about to embark on another MX Nationals campaign.
Starting on April 3, in Horsham Victoria, the CDR Yamaha team will enter its 24th year as Yamaha’s Factory MX1 outfit. The team has long been regarded as the benchmark for Australian motocross and the success of the team is no fluke with the best mechanics and technical staff in the country.
After three years racing internationally, Dean Ferris has returned to Australia and taking an instantly liking to his CDR Yamaha YZ450F. Ferris has been hard at work, competing in the New Zealand Motocross Championships in a combined CDR / JCR effort as well as contesting the Conondale Cup recently in Queensland as a warm to his national campaign.
Those events have proven to be beneficial to Ferris and his early season form has been promising.
“I’m really enjoying racing back in Australia and working with the CDR Yamaha team has been amazing. I felt comfortable right away on the YZ450F and things have only improved as we have tested a range of settings and components.
“New Zealand has also been a great way to kick start my year but I was employed to win the MX Nationals so that’s my goal and what the team and I are working towards. Horsham is right around the corner and I’m good to go,” Ferris ends.
This time last year, Dan Reardon decided he wanted to race again and in a last minute move, he was drafted into the CDR Yamaha team. Nine months later, he won the Australian Supercross Championship. With motivation at an all-time high, Reardon is excited to go racing and feels are is much better placed to challenge for the MX National crown in 2016.
“Last year, the first time I did a 30 minute moto was at round one of the championship so now with a good pre-season behind me, I think I’m far more prepared for the coming season. To win the supercross championship was a good morale booster for me but I also want to show that I’m not just a supercross guy and that I can ride motocross.
“The MX1 field is good this year with plenty of high quality riders, so the winner will have to be on top of their game. It will be a hard fought championship right from the drop of the gate at round one.”
Team owner and former four time Mr. Motocross winner, Craig Dack, believes the ground work has been done and both his riders are in with a legitimate chance of winning the prestigious MX Nationals.
“Both Dan and Dean are experienced riders with race wins both here and overseas to their name. I like the fact that they have racing maturity and have the mental strength to succeed in racing.
“During testing, the feedback on the bike has been positive and we think with our testing program, the YZ450F is as good as it’s ever been. The staff have been tireless in getting all the one percenters right and we a great group of sponsors behind us again this year.
“At CDR Yamaha, we know how difficult it is to win a national championship in the MX1 division and with other teams stepping up their programs, 2016 presents a huge challenge for us but one we are looking forward to.
“I have had enough of the off season, it’s time to go racing,” Dack says boldly.
The MX Nationals roars to life on April 3 in Horsham, Victoria. The challenging ten round championship wraps up at Coolum in Queensland in August where the champions will be crowned.