It was another solid night for the Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing team as Mitchell Oldenburg and Justin Cooper both landed on the podium at the penultimate round of the Eastern Regional 250SX Championship in New Jersey. MetLife Stadium hosted an energetic crowd to watch Oldenburg earn his first podium of the season as the runner up, with Cooper behind in third.

What was potentially going to be a muddy race turned out to be a race littered with loose, dry dirt, making it challenging for riders to get comfortable. Oldenburg didn’t seem to have that problem as he earned his first heat race win of the season. In the main event, he started in the top five and immediately went to work. By the halfway mark of the race, Oldenburg had moved into the runner-up spot, where he would remain until the checkered flag to capture his first podium of the season.

Cooper had a hard time with the way the track came around after pulling off the tarps from the heavy rains. He started the main event fourth and quickly moved into third. After seeing second within his grasp, he wasn’t able to hold off his teammate who ended up getting by, ultimately pushing back Cooper to round out the podium in third.

The Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing team’s 250SX East riders return with the West riders at the final round of the season at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Saturday, May 4.

Wil Hahn

Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing Team Manager

“Tonight was a really solid night for us. Justin struggled to get comfortable all day. Mitchell had his best ride of the year, winning his heat and finishing second in the main event. It’s really crazy that this season is almost over, but we will be ready to fight for the showdown win next weekend.”

Mitchell Oldenburg

Mitchell Oldenburg

Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing

“It’s unbelievable. With all the injuries… I just didn’t know if this was for me anymore. My wife has always been behind me and this feels amazing. Everyone in my corner have been so awesome and the people around me have never stopped believing in me. It feels good to finally get this done. It feels like we finally got this monkey off our back.”

Justin Cooper

Justin Cooper

Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing

“I just struggled to find my flow. I didn’t feel good the whole race so to I can’t really complain about a podium finish. It would have been nice to get second, but I’m pumped for Mitchell. We’ll see what we can do in Las Vegas.”

2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250SX New Jersey Results

1. Chase Sexton

2. Mitchell Oldenburg

3. Justin Cooper

4. Martin Davalos

5. Brandon Hartranft

6. Kyle Peter

7. Alex Martin

8. Jordan Bailey

9. Lorenzo Locurcio

10. Anthony Rodriguez

2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250SX West Championship Standings

1. Chase Sexton 174

2. Justin Cooper 165

3. Austin Forkner 152

4. Martin Davalos 134

5. Mitchell Oldenburg 128

6. Alex Martin 121

7. Brandon Hartranft 118

8. Kyle Peter 115

9. Kyle Cunningham 108

10. Jordan Bailey 91