2019 Redbud National Motocross 250 Class Race Report

Dylan Ferrandis clinches first overall victory of the 2019 season.

Dylan Ferrandis races at the 2019 Redbud National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Dylan Ferrandis captured his first overall victory of the 2019 season at Redbud MX in Buchanan, Michigan, this past weekend.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing's Dylan Ferrandis won both 250MX class motos at round 7 of the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at Redbud MX in Buchanan, Michigan, this past weekend. The French rider's overall victory is his first of the season, and he now sits 25 points down in the championship point standings with five rounds remaining in the series.

“Finishing the day with two moto wins and the overall—honestly, I couldn’t have expected a better weekend,” Ferrandis said. “My bike was really good, and I felt very comfortable on it today. We improved a lot on it with the team, and I want to thank them all for the hard work they put in every day for me to get the best bike possible. Getting ready for the outdoors is tough after a long Supercross season, so it took me time, but finally we are where we want. Now we’re going to take some rest before getting back to work and get ready for Millville in two weeks.”

Adam Cianciarulo races at the 2019 Redbud National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo was penalized two positions in the first moto and ended up second overall for the day.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo had an off-track excursion at the beginning of moto 1, but put his KX250 back on the course shortly after. Cianciarulo finished the race in third place, but was docked two positions by race officials for not decelerating when running off the track on the opening lap, moving him back to fifth. In moto 2, the Florida native got off to a fifth-place start and worked his way up to second by the time the checkered flag flew. Cianciarulo’s 5-2 moto scores gave him second overall on the day.

“Although I’m struggling to accept and understand the decision to dock me two positions in the first moto, I’m going to stay positive and focused,” Cianciarulo said. “I’m stoked to turn it around with a solid second moto and second overall on the day. Being able to perform in front of that crowd, with all the energy and enthusiasm, is truly special. It’s something I certainly don’t take for granted. I’m looking forward to a weekend off and finishing this season strong.”

Justin Cooper races at the 2019 Redbud National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Justin Cooper rounded out the overall podium, and is one point behind Ferrandis.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Justin Cooper almost went over the bars on the first lap of moto 1, but was able to save it and worked his way back from 11th to third by the race’s end. The New York native struggled to repeat a podium performance in moto 2 and ended up sixth in that race, and third overall.

“It was a tough day,” Cooper said. “I really got unlucky on the first lap in both motos where I was in decent positions, but that’s the way it goes! That’s racing. I’m happy to walk away with a podium today. I had to work from the back, so it was tough, but I’m looking forward to Millville. I really enjoy that track and did well there last year. I felt good today, but I didn’t put myself in good positions, so a podium is great. The team did a great job today, and they had the bike feeling good for me. I just need to execute better next race.”

RJ Hampshire races at the 2019 Redbud National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Geico Honda’s RJ Hampshire clinched fourth overall for the second weekend in a row.Brown Dog Wilson

Geico Honda’s RJ Hampshire captured his second consecutive fourth-place overall finish with his 2-8 moto finishes at Redbud and is currently ranked fifth in the point standings.

“Last weekend, both motos I came back from 16th and 14th and got to fourth,” Hampshire said. “We were charging hard [and my] fitness is good; we just can’t get a start. [We’re] working on that. [In the] first moto, I felt really good [starting in] 10th. I haven’t had that comfort where I could do wheelies or jumps off of the bumps in the first few laps, but today I was doing that, and I was maybe the first guy doubling into the whoops. [I’m] just feeling really good on the bike; I just wish we could get out of the gate. It’s hard to say it, but I know we have the speed. [In the] second moto, I was about the same—about 10th. A guy crashed in front of me, I hit him, and went down first corner. [Then I] got caught in the second corner [and] went down again. I charged as hard as I could.”

Hunter Lawrence races at the 2019 Redbud National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Geico Honda’s Hunter Lawrence rounded out the top five after having to work his way through the field in both motos.Brown Dog Wilson

Geico Honda’s Hunter Lawrence was forced to work his way through the field in both motos after two less-than-ideal starts. The Australian’s 8-4 finishes netted him fifth overall in Michigan.

“[It] wasn’t a bad ride as far as riding goes, but obviously the result is not what we want,” Lawrence said. “It’s just not ideal to come from 10th or 12th in the first moto. [The] second moto was even worse, after the crash. We weren’t in the first row of guys going into the first turn, and all the bad stuff happens from the second row onward; it’s just a circus back there. You come in [and] they tell you, ‘You were one of the fastest guys on the track.’ Story of my life. You’re using twice as much energy, you’re holding on harder, and you’re having to take all these risks getting out of the main line trying to pass guys. It’s frustrating, but we’re trying. The team is working really hard to improve the bike and stuff. We’re going to get up there.”

Ty Masterpool races at the 2019 Redbud National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Ty Masterpool put in a season-best finish at Redbud with sixth overall. “Redbud lived up to the hype,” Masterpool said. “The fans and the track were so awesome. In the first moto, I was midpack and started to work my way up and got fourth. In the second moto, someone went down in the first corner, and I got stuck behind them. I worked my way up through the pack and ended up sixth overall. I’m really happy with the progress I’m making so far and really looking forward to the next one at Millville.”Brown Dog Wilson

2019 250MX Class Championship Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Adam Cianciarulo Kawasaki 307
2 Dylan Ferrandis Yamaha 282
3 Justin Cooper Yamaha 281
4 Colt Nichols Yamaha 204
5 RJ Hampshire Honda 200
6 Hunter Lawrence Honda 193
7 Michael Mosiman Husqvarna 173
8 Chase Sexton Honda 167
9 Alex Martin Suzuki 165
10 Shane McElrath KTM 129
Colt Nichols races at the 2019 Redbud National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Colt Nichols put his YZ250F in seventh overall. “The bike was awesome today,” Nichols said. “I’m really happy with the progress we have made there. In the first moto, I had a crash and my front brake locked up, so I had to pull into the mechanic’s area. It’s unfortunate, but that’s racing. We still salvaged a decent result for the day.”Brown Dog Wilson
Michael Mosiman races at the 2019 Redbud National Motocross 250 Class Race.
After missing the last race due to injury, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Michael Mosiman came back to finish eighth at Redbud. “I had a good week and I felt good coming back after an injury,” Mosiman said. “All in all, it was a pretty good day. I’m happy with my riding, but I just need to clean things up a little bit. We’ll regroup and keep charging. We’ve got a weekend off to rest and recuperate, and then we’ll hit it hard at one of my favorite tracks—Spring Creek.”Brown Dog Wilson
Brandon Hartranft races at the 2019 Redbud National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Cycle Trader/Rock River Yamaha’s Brandon Hartranft put his YZ250F inside the top 10 with his ninth-place overall result. “Redbud was awesome,” Hartranft said. “I’m feeling really good on the bike. I’m disappointed in myself in moto 2; I had a bad start and had to work my way up through the pack. No excuses; I just need to work on my starts and I’ll be up front where I belong.”Brown Dog Wilson
Cameron McAdoo races at the 2019 Redbud National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Cameron McAdoo rounded out the top 10 on his 250 SX-F. “I had a blast at one of the best tracks of the year [ending] up 9-10 for 10th overall,” McAdoo said. “We have made progress in lots of areas, although the results may not have shown this weekend. I look forward to working on some weaknesses [during] this week off getting ready for Millville. Thank you to my team and everyone behind me!”Brown Dog Wilson