2019 Las Vegas Supercross 250 Class Race Report

Dylan Ferrandis wins main event to clinch Western Regional 250SX title; Chase Sexton captures Eastern Regional Championship

Dylan Ferrandis kicks up dirt.
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Dylan Ferrandis won the 250SX East/West Showdown main event and clinched the Western Regional 250SX Class title.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing's Dylan Ferrandis led all 16 laps and took the 250SX East/West Showdown main event win. In doing so, he clinched the Western Regional 250SX Class Championship, as Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Adam Cianciarulo made a mistake and went down in a rhythm section while running in third, which would have given the Kawasaki rider the title had he finished there. The front end of Cianciarulo's bike was tweaked so badly that he could hardly keep his balance over the jumps or rolling through the whoops. He pulled into the mechanics' area, but the bike could not be fixed, and he circled the track dropping back quickly and watched his title hopes disappear.

“Coming into the main, I just asked my mechanic to tell me what Adam was doing,” Ferrandis said. “When I saw it at P-10 and P-12, I couldn’t believe it. We trained so hard coming into this weekend. It’s more than a dream come true. It’s hard to put into words. I’m just thinking about all the people who have been with me and supporting me. The team has been behind me the past few years and I’m very grateful to them for believing in me. This is incredible.”

RJ Hampshire rides on dirt track.
Geico Honda’s RJ Hampshire matched his season-best finish with a runner-up performance.Brown Dog Wilson

The brutal disappointment of the night was on Cianciarulo's face shortly after the race. This blow comes after two previous title hopes came up short by only two points each time.

“Obviously it’s unfortunate,” Cianciarulo said. “I felt fine out there riding and just came through that section and got a little bit close to the Tuff blocks there and crashed. And I honestly would’ve been fine I think, but I got up and the bike was super mangled; it was pretty much unrideable. It’s unfortunate, man, that’s really all I have to say. Obviously, I had a lot of guys including myself—every day this is what we do it for, to be a champion. Unfortunately, I made a mistake that cost me the chance to be a champion. I’ve been in this situation before, and I’ve felt what the bottom feels like, and I think I have some perspective. I think, you know, the sun’s going to come out tomorrow. It’s unfortunate, obviously. You know we put everything into this, and you put your self-worth into it, you put everything into it. I feel like I failed. I feel like a failure right now. But tomorrow I’m going to wake up, I’m going to put the boots on again and go to work. That’s just what I always do. I’ll always give 100 percent and always fight to the end no matter what happens. Ultimately, I’m grateful to be here and grateful to have this opportunity a lot of people wish they had. Unfortunately, I came up short, but I’m going to get one of these things.”

Chase Sexton rides down dirt mound.
Geico Honda’s Chase Sexton’s fourth-place result enabled him to capture the Eastern Regional 250SX Class title.Brown Dog Wilson

Geico Honda’s Chase Sexton finished fourth in that same race, which secured him the Eastern Regional 250SX Championship.

“It feels super good,” Sexton said. “It hasn’t really sunk in yet. Being 19 years old and winning my first championship is unbelievable. [The main event] was the longest 15 minutes plus 1 [lap] I’ve ever done. I was fourth or fifth the whole [race]. It was a super-sketchy track and the whoops were gnarly. I had some moments with my teammate and there were some hay bales knocked out on the track. It was really hard to decide if it was a good move or bad move to go for it, but it couldn’t have worked out better.”

Alex Martin jumps.
JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Alex Martin rounded out the top five. “It was a pleasantly surprising weekend,” Martin said. “The Las Vegas track was dry and slick. I rode well and it felt good to grab a top five to end the series.”Brown Dog Wilson

Geico Honda’s RJ Hampshire matched his season-best result by finishing in the runner up spot in the 250SX East/West Showdown main event. The Florida native concluded the season finishing fourth overall in the Western Regional 250SX Class Championship standings.

“It was a really cool day for my whole team,” Hampshire said. “I rode well in practice and felt like my bike was working good. I got the holeshot in the heat and also the main event. I struggled bad in the first half of the main and really had to take a couple steps back to regroup and figure out what I needed to change. For once I actually felt like a veteran and made a pretty smart call! I even let Chase by because I was getting so sketchy and I didn’t want to end up going down and taking him out with me. I followed him for a couple laps to hopefully learn something in the whoops. It started coming together and then I saw my pit board said, ‘Four laps, all out.’ I went for it and it paid off! I was able to get to second. I’m really happy to see the team have so much success on the night!”

Cameron McAdoo kicks up dirt.
Geico Honda’s Cameron McAdoo came in third place and finished fifth in the Western Regional 250SX Class Championship standings.Brown Dog Wilson

Geico Honda’s Cameron McAdoo captured a season-best finish in the 250SX East/West Showdown main event taking third, which also secured him fifth place in the Western Regional 250SX Class Championship standings

“Honestly, it was a decision I made,” McAdoo said. “I was struggling in qualifying; the heat race wasn’t good. I started fourth in the main [and] I got into second. I saw Ferrandis in front of me and instead of saying, ‘Let me try to latch onto this guy,’ I thought, ‘Let’s try to get him. Let’s try to pass him.’ Thinking that way helped me so much. All of a sudden, before I knew it, there was six minutes to go. It was just a mindset. Mentally this is one of the biggest jumps I’ve ever made in my career.”

Colt Nichols races on dirt track.
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Colt Nichols finished in sixth in the race and third in the Western Regional 250SX Class Championship standings. “It was a tough night if you didn’t get a good start, and I definitely didn’t,” Nichols said. “I tried to push hard the whole race and all I could make it up to was sixth.”Brown Dog Wilson

2019 Western Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Dylan Ferrandis Yamaha 226
2 Adam Cianciarulo Kawasaki 211
3 Colt Nichols Yamaha 180
4 RJ Hampshire Honda 168
5 Cameron McAdoo Honda 149
6 Michael Mosiman Husqvarna 144
7 Jimmy Decotis Suzuki 133
8 Shane McElrath KTM 123
9 Chris Blose Husqvarna 120
10 Garrett Marchbanks Kawasaki 113
Michael Mosiman races on dirt track.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Michael Mosiman put his FC 250 in seventh place in Vegas. “To end the season healthy is awesome,” Mosiman said. “It was a battle out there, and it was a little bit sketchy all day with the track conditions. In the main event, I got passed on the last lap, but to get seventh with all those guys and to get out of here healthy is really nice.”Brown Dog Wilson

2019 Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Chase Sexton Honda 193
2 Justin Cooper Yamaha 180
3 Austin Forkner Kawasaki 152
4 Martin Davalos Kawasaki 148
5 Alex Martin Suzuki 139
6 Brandon Hartranft Yamaha 130
7 Mitchell Oldenburg Yamaha 128
8 Kyle Peters Suzuki 126
9 Kyle Cunningham Honda 110
10 Jordan Bailey Husqvarna 101
Martin Davalos races on dirt track.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Martin Davalos finished in ninth in his 101st career start, which is also his final 250SX class race as he has now pointed out of the series. “I’m proud of what I’ve been able to overcome and recover from in previous years and feel I put in a solid, final Supercross season.”Brown Dog Wilson
Garrett Marchbanks races on dirt track.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Garrett Marchbanks rounded out the top 10 and was awarded Rookie of the Year in the Western Regional 250SX Class. “I survived my first professional Supercross season and feel I have learned and accomplished so much within the last few months,” Marchbanks said. “It’s such an honor to be given the Rookie of the Year Award and I can’t wait to carry our success into outdoors.”Brown Dog Wilson