THE biggest stars of professional motocross will compete for more than $20,000 in cash and prizes at the AMX MX Open in Wonthaggi.

The factory teams will be out in full force, and the rivalry between Yamaha and Honda will take full effect as teams and riders duke it out one last time this season.

Factory Honda team owner Yarrive Konsky has a point to prove.

“The Motocross Championship was cut short due to the pandemic, and I don’t feel we got the opportunity to show what we were capable of in the 450 class,” Konsky said.

Factory Honda will enter three 450 riders: Dean Ferris, Kyle Webster, and Brett Metcalfe. The three riders are all proven champions. Metcalfe has competed all over the world and has beaten the best, Ferris has proven to be best in the world on a given day and Webster has just won his first championship.

Webster now resides in Inverloch; the former Western Australian likes the Bass Coast and believes he has an advantage over his competition.

“I have ridden the track a lot and tested there more often than the other riders,” Webster said.

“I also get to go home to my own bed. I am in comfortable surroundings. I like Inverloch, it’s peaceful, the people are friendly and there are very few distractions.”

The event has attracted riders from all over Australia. Factory Yamaha’s Luke Clout and Aaron Tanti are travelling down from New South Wales. Tanti is excited to be racing again, especially with his new team.

“With everything we have experienced this year, I am excited to be back at the track racing,” Tanti said.

“This will be my first race with Factory Yamaha, and I can’t wait. I am better prepared going into this race than I was at the start of the year. I feel strong and ready.”

The professional women are also set to compete for equal prize money in their own race. Women from all over Australia are eager to prove themselves as they missed out on their Australian Championship. Maddy Brown who has competed all over the world is happy to be back racing in her home state and has a point to prove.

“The past two years have been terrible; we have missed out on competing in two championships. We need this and I can’t wait for the gate to drop on racing this weekend,” Brown said.

The Bass Coast Shire was quick to support the national open motocross event, and event organisers are eager to show case the best professional, women and junior riders in the country.

They are on track to have more than 200 entries; it will be a massive event and it’s great for the community as local businesses need a boost following two challenging years, organisers said.

With riders coming from QLD, NSW and SA, the event is set to finish a trying season on a high.

Three-time Australian champion Dean Ferris wants to take a win going into next year.

“We are all going to give it everything we have; this is our chance to finish the year on a high. I have brought my family with me, and we are also looking forward to spending a few days on the Island after the race,” Ferris said.

The event promises to bring all the action of great racing as well as off-track displays and trade sales. It’s a great event to come and visit and find something for Christmas. Teams will have merchandise on sale, there will be posters and some of the spectators will have the opportunity to take a tour through some of the factory transporters.

Tickets are available online. For more information, go to mxopen.com.au. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children.