Dylan Ferrandis Takes his Second Western Regional 250 SX Class Victory
Houston, Tex., (March 31, 2019). The thirteenth round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship also held within it the third and final round of the Triple Crown series, and the racing could not have been much more exciting for the 49,183 fans packed into NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. In the 450SX Class, Red Bull KTM’s Cooper Webb took his sixth win of the season and stretched his points lead to 17 by winning the event by finishing second, first, and then third in the night’s three Main Events. Webb’s victory made history as it is KTM’s first win in Houston in the 51 times the Texas city has hosted a Monster Energy Supercross round. Webb’s teammate, Marvin Musquin, finished second overall, with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Dean Wilson taking the final 450SX Class podium spot. The Western Regional 250SX Class was equally exciting with Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Dylan Ferrandis earning his second ever 250SX Class win with second, first, and second place finishes in his Main Events.
The first 450SX Class Main Event saw Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen grab the holeshot and run off with the race, amassing over a
In the second 450SX
In the final race of the
Cooper Webb celebrating his sixth win of the 2019 season and first ever in Houston.
Webb said from the podium, “It was a tough night. You always forget in the Triple Crowns how many laps you end up doing… For me it was good to go out and get a win, which is great. I knew the laps were going to be tough. I had a little gap, so I kind of knew where I needed to be, so it was good. It was a great night for us KTM guys going one and two, and like you said, I was able to win again, which is sweet. I’m stoked on that, and it feels good to be up here on the top.”
Musquin saw a lot of action and stood on the overall podium in second place. When asked if Webb’s aggressive riding was fair, he answered, “I don’t know. I mean, Triple Crown is always super aggressive racing. It’s only twelve minutes so you’ve got to go for it. And I was really aggressive, I made a clean pass on Cooper and I was pretty happy. And then obviously he didn’t like that I passed him, and he got very aggressive and he was revving the bike super hard on multiple turns; and he finally got me and pushed me off the track. It was pretty sketchy. I thought he was going to go down as well, but he didn’t so, yeah, I guess that’s the way it is. Yeah, I will have to do that if I have the opportunity or if I need to make a pass. Second moto was better. I caught him but unfortunately a dumb mistake in the sand got me. Got up, and man, it was a tough day. But [I] finally put it together in the last Main and got the holeshot and rode just like last week. I was just leading and hit my marks and it was awesome. It feels so good to be like that in the lead. I showed some really good speed all day but unfortunately [I made] some mistakes, but finally a good last Main. So thanks to the team. We lost a little bit of points in the championship, but it could have been way worse. Triple Crown is really tough so I’m glad at least I got second overall.”
Dean Wilson was happy with his finish, “It feels great. It’s been a long journey and it’s what I’ve been working towards all season. I’ve been riding well and I’m just stoked to be up here… These guys up here, they’ve been up here so many times, it’s just like, they’re used to it, where I want to be in that position. But it means a lot to be up here. I’ve been through a lot and I just kept plugging away and I knew I could be up here because my qualifying times were always good, my heat races were always pretty good, but to make it happen when it counts is the hardest part. So, I’ve been really working on my mental game because I feel like sometimes I’m my own worst enemy.”
Tomac wasn’t happy with his fourth overall. When asked about his three races he said, “The first two [I] just wasn’t myself at all. [I] was struggling just with pace and even struggling just feeling comfortable that whole moto, and with a few lines, too. At least that third one was a little bit more like me. Those first two, though, just really got me. I got a better start there in the third one… followed a little bit with Cooper and I made my way into second, tried to push it, but that was all I had tonight. Gotta be better, that’s all there is to it.”
In the first Western Regional 250SX Class Main Event, GEICO Honda’s Cameron McAdoo grabbed the holeshot but immediately jumped off the track, handing the lead to Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo. Dylan Ferrandis came out of the first corner in sixteenth but made his way to eighth by the end of the first lap. Cianciarulo was challenged early by JGRMX Yoshimura Suzuki’s Jimmy
Dylan Ferrandis grabs his second ever 250SX Class win in back-to-back weekends.
Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Colt Nichols holeshot the final 250SX Main Event. Cianciarulo avoided getting caught up with Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki teammate Garrett Marchbanks’ first turn crash only to run into a downed rider one section later in the whoops. Up front Ferrandis put on an early pass and took the lead, but his teammate Nichols grabbed it immediately back and held it until the checkered flag. Behind them Cianciarulo moved steadily from thirteenth to third, but with his troubles in the second Main Event that was only good enough for fourth overall. Ferrandis won the night, his second ever 250SX Class win, coming just one week after his very first win; it also pulled him to only five points down on Cianciarulo for the title with two rounds of racing left to go for the Western Regional 250SX Class title.
The Western Regional 250SX Class Podium (From left to right) RJ Hampshire, Dylan Ferrandis and Colt Nichols.
Ferrandis was happy with his second win, but more focused on the title and the next Western Regional 250SX Class race, which is off for one weekend while the Eastern Regional 250SX Class races, “It’s crazy. I knew I didn’t have to win this Main Event to win overall. My teammate was pushing really hard at the beginning and I guess [I decided to], not give up, but it’s no risk to take for nothing [to gain]. So I was just doing my race and I made it two wins in a row. I’m so happy. It’s a different feeling than last weekend because last weekend was the first win, but now I’m really looking for the championship and only the championship can give me the full satisfaction. So I’m really happy but it’s back to work Monday and see what we can do in two weeks in Denver.”
When Colt Nichols was asked to comment about his third Main Event win compared to his results in the first two races of the night he said, “It was literally all about the start. First Main, horrible start, second Main, horrible start. I was really happy with the riding in the second main, I felt like I charged up really well, [but on the] last lap hit neutral while I was behind RJ and went over the bars and ended up salvaging a fourth, which was great. Then finally got off to a good start, I
RJ Hampshire was happy to be back on the podium, something he hadn’t done since his rookie year, “It’s been a long road. Like I said my rookie year my first podium and four years later just got another one. I’m just stoked on my team. We’ve been working hard, trying to find the right setting, and changed clutches this week, tested a lot on my starts, and you could tell my starts were better all night; I think that helped quite a bit. I was pretty strong in the whoops until that last moto, it was ugly… I’m just so stoked to be up here and really looking forward to Denver now. I’m kind of an outdoor guy but I really want to prove myself in Supercross, so I’ve got two more chances at it, and [I’m] just stoked to be up here tonight.”
Adam Cianciarulo said about his two tough races, “As much as I’d love to sit down and tell you, [just] sit here and just say, man, this guy crashed in front of me, this guy cross jumped me, really it comes down to my fault because I didn’t get the start in the second Main, I put myself in a bad position. I locked bars with somebody in the first corner of the second Main, it forced me to go off the track, from there you’re just trying to do your best to get to the front and it’s tough. Those guys are racing you and I unfortunately just came together with Sean [Cantrell] after the finish line there. And that’s the way it goes sometimes, but guess what? I mean, there’s nothing more I love than a good battle, especially a battle for the championship. I think it’s five points now and I felt so good today. My bike’s so good, I rode really well, so I’m super happy with where I’m at. Unfortunately, it didn’t go my way tonight, but we have two races to make it happen and I couldn’t be more confident in myself. So [we’ll] pick ourselves up, come out swinging; yeah let’s do this thing.”
With four more Monster Energy Supercross rounds left the battles on the track and in the points are far from over. The series goes next weekend to Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee.
450SX Class Results1. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM2. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM3. Dean Wilson, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki5. Cole Seely, Sherman Oaks, Calif., Honda6. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna7. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., KTM8. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM9. Joey Savatgy, Tallahassee, Fla., Kawasaki10. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda
450SX Class Championship Standings1. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM (288)2. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM (271)3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (262)4. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (252)5. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (215)6. Dean Wilson, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna (201)7. Joey Savatgy, Tallahassee, Fla., Kawasaki (173)8. Cole Seely, Sherman Oaks, Calif., Honda (160)9. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Suzuki (151)10. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha (150)
Western Regional 250SX Class Results1. Dylan Ferrandis, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha2. RJ Hampshire, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Honda3. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha4. Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Kawasaki5. Jimmy Decotis, Peabody, Mass., Suzuki6. Cameron McAdoo, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda7. Justin Starling, Deland, Fla., Husqvarna8. Sean Cantrell, Murrieta, Calif., KTM9. Garrett Marchbanks, Coalville, Utah, Kawasaki10. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Husqvarna
Western Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings1. Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Kawasaki (182)2. Dylan Ferrandis, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha (177)3. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha (142)4. RJ Hampshire, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Honda (126)5. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM (123)6. Jimmy Decotis, Peabody, Mass., Suzuki (112)7. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Husqvarna (111)8. Cameron McAdoo, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda (111)9. Michael Mosiman, Menifee, Calif., Husqvarna (110)10. Garrett Marchbanks, Coalville, Utah, Kawasaki (99)
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