Dean Ferris became just the 14th Mountain Man in history
when he dominated proceedings at the 2018 instalment of the legendary event on
The tacky red/brown clay of Toowoomba's famous Echo Valley
raceway drew riders from far and wide for their own shot at the title, as a
quality roll-up of Pros tested their mettle on the unique mountain circuit.
You have to be tough to book a place in Mountain Man history
and the Yamaha man was perfect across the three, back-to-back 6-lappers, as
well as the gruelling half-hour final moto, besting all comers.
Kirk Gibbs was second on the day, the KTM man only dropping
out of the runner-up slot in the second moto of the day.
Mitch Evans, Nathan Crawford and local up-and-comer Kaleb
Barham completed the top five.
Ashley Norman won the 125cc Mountain Man from Nick Murray
and Hamish McGrath, while extensive fields of vintage and veteran class
preserved the event's heritage feel.
Forty-three years after its inception, 1976 Mountain Man
winner Peter Boyle won the Vets 45 and Over class - even jumping the triple up
into the control tower corner.
In the final weekend of International Women's Week, an
impressive field of 21 ladies also took part, and Chelsea Carter maintained her
recent invincibility, taking three wins out of three to win from Charlotte
Gamble and Taryn Cox.
Mountain Man Unlimited:
1 Dean Ferris 140
2 Kirk Gibbs 124
3 Mitch Evans 120
4 Nathan Crawford 103
5 Kaleb Barham 96
6 Wilson Todd 95
7 Jacob Wright 92
8 Jay Wilson 90
9 Ritchie Evans 88
10 Ricky Latimer 80
1 Chelsea Carter 105
2 Charlotte Gamble 92
3 Taryn Cox 88
4 Lauren Jones 88
5 Hayley Miller 78
6 Brooke Williams 72
7 Jordan Vandermast 69
8 Paige Thompson 67
9 Annie Ford 64
10 Emily Harman 63