2019 Seattle Supercross 250 Class Race Report

Dylan Ferrandis achieves first career 250SX main event victory

Dylan Ferrandis
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Dylan Ferrandis achieved his first 250SX main event victory of his career at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing's Dylan Ferrandis won his first 250SX main event at CenturyLink Field in Seattle this past weekend. The French rider led 19 of 21 laps in the feature race and was ecstatic about his victory.

“For sure the emotion [was] at its maximum [after the race]” Ferrandis said. “It was a big moment for everybody to finally get this first 250SX win. We were waiting for it for so long and finally made it happen. The feeling is really awesome. The bike was really good. We made some changes on it between practices to get the best bike as possible for the track condition. The track wasn’t that difficult this weekend at Seattle even though some rhythms were a bit tougher than other ones. The most difficult part about this race was myself. I’m not used enough to leading a race, so I did not want to make a mistake and was not riding at 100 percent because of that. But I am very happy to take this win tonight. It gives me more confidence for the next upcoming races now that I know I’m able to win a Supercross race in the US) not found.”

Adam Cianciarulo
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo closed in on Ferrandis in the final laps, but settled for second place. “Wow, the crowd was amazing tonight!” Cianciarulo said. “They were cheering so loud, I felt I was carrying that energy with me on the track; it’s such a special feeling that never gets old. Overall, I would say this was a decent track layout. It’s hard not to feel a little disappointed with not winning, though second is a good position to be in. Once you get that feeling on the top step, it’s hard not to want to get there every week. We’ll get back to it this week and prepare for Houston.”Brown Dog Wilson
Jimmy Decotis
JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Jimmy Decotis grabbed his second podium of the season in Seattle. “I had a solid night in Seattle. I rode great all day, had an awesome heat race, and finished third in the main event. My Suzuki RM- Z250 is amazing, and I feel like I’m riding so well right now. I didn’t have the best main event, but to finish third on a track that difficult is a positive. I’m excited to keep things rolling in Houston.”Brown Dog Wilson
Michael Mosiman
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Michael Mosiman achieved a career-best fourth place in the feature race. “In the main event, I was going back and forth with Jimmy Decotis in third and I got really close to him at the end, but just ran out of time,” Mosiman said. “I was really close to my first career podium and it’s a real big confidence booster. I know I can run up there and run that pace. The goal is a podium finish moving forward and we’ll go from there.”Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo spent the majority of the main event behind Ferrandis in the runner-up spot and closed in on the Yamaha rider in the final laps, but was unable to make a pass attempt and finished in second place for the night.

“First off, congrats to Dylan, he’s been so close all year and is really a world-class rider, on his first win,” Cianciarulo said. “That’s awesome. [I have] tons of respect for him. I think in the whoops I was a little bit faster jumping through there on that right side, and I could tell he couldn’t figure it out because he was moving all around trying to skim them and doing a bunch of different stuff. We got pretty close a couple times and right there in the middle of the race, I really got messed up by a lapper and had to catch up from a few seconds behind, but overall I’m happy with my race. I feel like I could have been better in a few spots for sure, and certainly I think if I’d have put a whole lap together there at the end when I was a little bit closer to him, I might have been talking about a first instead of a second, but that’s the way racing goes. We’ll go back to the drawing board this week and get better. I’m stoked on this ride. I think it was smart on a really treacherous track that could have gone bad for me, so I’ll take it, move on, get better, and come out swinging next weekend.”

Chris Blose
Gas Monkey Energy/AJE Motorsports/Husqvarna’s Chris Blose rode his FC 250 to a season-best fifth-place result. “Seattle was definitely a step in the right direction,” Blose said. “I’m starting to feel like my old self and believe I belong up there. Third in practice, third in the heat race, and it felt good to lead some laps! After a first-turn crash, it was a hard-fought battle back to fifth place [in the main event]. I’m ready for Houston!”Brown Dog Wilson
RJ Hampshire
Geico Honda’s RJ Hampshire had an off day in terms of bike setup and had a few get-offs. “I struggled all day with finding a setup,” Hampshire said. “I crashed in the first turn in the main and actually felt pretty good coming through the pack. I was catching [Michael] Mosiman for fourth with I think four laps to go when I landed off a triple and my hand blew off the bars. I went straight into the Tuff blocks. I also had a good crash earlier in the night. It’s been a rough go these last couple races. I’m going to regroup and try to get it all figured out again.”Brown Dog Wilson
Mitchell Harrison
Rockwell Yamaha’s Mitchell Harrison put his YZ250F in seventh at CenturyLink Field.Brown Dog Wilson

JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Jimmy Decotis started inside the top five and pushed his way into the lead for two laps. He held that pace for several laps before settling into third, matched his season-best result. “I’m a little bummed on this one,” Decotis said. “I mean, the way I rode in the heat, I had the fastest lap out of all heats and I was crushing the whoops. Then they changed [the whoops] and they ended up being jumpers, and I just struggled jumping them. I wish I kept skimming them, but it’s just a lot of effort to do that. Third is good. I’m just happy to get the Suzuki on the podium—it’s just that I really want more. I want to stay close to the leaders; they got away way too much for me to be happy tonight. But overall third is good and I got some better championship points after a real rough week in Atlanta, so it’s good to get some redemption and be up here for the JGR guys. But I really do, I want more, and want to keep building and I want to win one of these. I feel like I can do that.”

Cameron McAdoo
Geico Honda’s Cameron McAdoo managed eighth place despite a first-turn crash, which resulted in a bent shifter. “My day started pretty good,” McAdoo said. “I ended up qualifying sixth, which is good for me considering I usually really struggle with practice. In the heat race, I got off to a good start and had a couple of mistakes in the opening laps, but I got back to third. In the main, unfortunately my teammate and I got together in the first turn and ended up going down. Then I clipped a Tuff block bending my shifter, so I was stuck in second gear for the last half of the main. I was only able to come back to eighth place, but I did feel good about my riding—I just wish that first-turn crash hadn’t happened. We definitely have a lot of positives to bring into next weekend and I am excited for the Triple Crown format this weekend!”Brown Dog Wilson
Enzo Lopes
JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Enzo Lopes finished fifth in his heat race and ninth in the main event. “It felt good to be back at the races after Atlanta,” Lopes said. “The team and I worked a lot during the 250 West break to make sure we were 100 percent ready for Seattle. I felt really good right away. The track was challenging, especially the long set of whoops. I didn’t qualify the best, but I had a fresh mindset heading into the heat race and main event. I finished fifth in my heat, which was good. I made a lot of mistakes that cost me a better position. The main event was a completely different story. I had a good start and got into fifth place for half the race. I started getting tight and faded to ninth. I’m happy with the progress, and it’s nice to show that I can run that pace. Now I have to figure out why I got tight and work on that part of my riding. I can’t thank the team enough for their support and helping me through my rookie year of Supercross!”Brown Dog Wilson
Justin Starling
Gas Monkey Energy/AJE Motorsports/Husqvarna’s Justin Starling (60) rounded out the top 10 on his FC 250.Brown Dog Wilson

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Michael Mosiman and Gas Monkey Energy/AJE Motorsports/Husqvarna’s Chris Blose rounded out the top five, respectively.

2019 Western Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Adam Cianciarulo Kawasaki 163
2 Dylan Ferrandis Yamaha 151
3 Shane McElrath KTM 123
4 Colt Nichols Yamaha 121
5 RJ Hampshire Honda 103
6 Michael Mosiman Husqvarna 99
7 Chris Blose Husqvarna 98
8 Jimmy Decotis Suzuki 94
  Cameron McAdoo Honda 94
10 Garrett Marchbanks Kawasaki 85