2019 Unadilla National Motocross 250 Class Race Report

Dylan Ferrandis captures second consecutive overall victory.

Dylan Ferrandis races at the 2019 Unadilla National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Dylan Ferrandis clinched his second consecutive overall victory at round 10 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at Unadilla MX in New Berlin, New York.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing's Dylan Ferrandis captured his second consecutive overall victory at round 10 of the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at Unadilla MX in New Berlin, New York. The Frenchman finished in the runner-up spot in the first moto and won moto 2, but didn't gain any points in the championship standings.   "The track was really rough today!" Ferrandis exclaimed. "The ruts were very deep. I was not really comfortable during the morning practices, but then we changed some things on my bike to improve it and it was way better. I had a good battle with AC [Adam Cianciarulo] once again. I'm very pumped about my day and my riding in moto 2."

Adam Cianciarulo races at the 2019 Unadilla National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo put his KX250 in second overall, but didn’t lose any ground in the championship standings to his nearest rival, Ferrandis.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Adam Cianciarulo finished in the runner-up spot in the overall for the day, but didn't lose any points in the championship standings to Ferrandis being that they both scored the same amount of points (47) in the two motos. The Florida native holds a 28-point lead with two rounds remaining.   "Today wasn't easy; the track was difficult and physically challenging. But I know we were all out there with the same grueling conditions," Cianciarulo said. "The top spot is always the goal, but I'm still pumped on the second overall. Two more; let's do this!"

Chase Sexton races at the 2019 Unadilla National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Geico Honda’s Chase Sexton finished on the podium for the first time since High Point back in June.Brown Dog Wilson

Geico Honda's Chase Sexton achieved his first overall podium finish since High Point back in June. Sexton has struggled with health issues since the Florida National and put his CRF250R on the podium in both motos at Unadilla for third overall.   "It was a rough couple of weeks after that race in Florida; it kind of just took away all the confidence I had," Sexton shared. "After that it's taken a long time to feel good again. I feel like I'm getting back to 100 percent and back where I'm supposed to be, which is on the podium. That pace we had [in the] second moto was fast. I was trying to make something happen, but these guys were good. They're [first and second] in points for a reason. I'm just trying to build after a solid weekend and get even better."

Justin Cooper races at the 2019 Unadilla National Motocross 250 Class Race.
In his home state race, Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Justin Cooper finished fourth in both motos and fourth overall.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing's Justin Cooper finished just off the podium in both motos and for the overall in his home state race. He grabbed the holeshot in moto 1 and led for four laps before going down in the rollers, but remounted his YZ250F to finish fourth. In moto 2, he once again started at the front of the pack, but fell back a few positions by the time the race ended to capture another fourth place result.   "It was a good day at Unadilla," Cooper said. "We put in solid motos and the bike was good. I ended up crashing out of the lead in the first one and rode tight after that. The second moto I lacked a little pace, but I have my eyes on next weekend already. The small change for moto 2 ended up being better. The team did a great job working with us on a really tough track today."

Colt Nichols races at the 2019 Unadilla National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Colt Nichols was the third Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing team rider to finish inside the top five overall at Unadilla.Brown Dog Wilson

Colt Nichols was the third Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing team rider to finish inside the top five at Unadilla. The Oklahoma native went 5-6 in the motos and sits fourth in the championship standings after 10 rounds of racing.   “The bike was awesome,” Nichols said. “I just needed to make a few little adjustments before the second moto, but live and learn. I felt my riding was really good today, but my starts were horrible, so I didn’t help myself at all. We have just a few races left to turn those around.”

Shane McElrath races at the 2019 Unadilla National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Shane McElrath put his 250 SX-F in sixth overall in New York. “[I had a] pretty good weekend with a sixth overall at Unadilla! [It’s] one of my favorite tracks on the circuit. Man, it was a tough track!”Brown Dog Wilson

2019 250MX Class Championship Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Adam Cianciarulo Kawasaki 441
2 Dylan Ferrandis Yamaha 413
3 Justin Cooper Yamaha 382
4 Colt Nichols Yamaha 292
5 RJ Hampshire Honda 277
6 Chase Sexton Honda 254
  Alex Martin Suzuki 254
8 Michael Mosiman Husqvarna 235
9 Hunter Lawrence Honda 233
10 Shane McElrath KTM 210
Alex Martin races at the 2019 Unadilla National Motocross 250 Class Race.
JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Alex Martin finished inside the top 10 in both motos and sits tied with Sexton for sixth overall in the championship standings. “Unadilla is a very difficult track,” Martin said. “The straightaways have long ruts, which is not something I usually see at many Nationals. It seemed like you had to be riding very much on the edge, letting it all hang out. I wasn’t able to do that this weekend.”Brown Dog Wilson
RJ Hampshire races at the 2019 Unadilla National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Geico Honda’s RJ Hampshire wasn’t pleased with finishing eighth overall at Unadilla. “[I’m] sour about the results [this weekend],” Hampshire shared. “I had a few crashes and some moments that second moto that I could have gone without! Two more [rounds] to go; we are going to finish this thing out on a high.”Brown Dog Wilson
Garrett Marchbanks races at the 2019 Unadilla National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Garrett Marchbanks went 13-9 for ninth overall in New York. “The track was a tough one, so I’m proud of what we were able to do and finish with another top-10 overall finish. This season has been a roller coaster with many challenges. I continue to apply what I’m learning each week and we’re all looking forward to Budds [Creek] next weekend.”Brown Dog Wilson
Ty Masterpool races at the 2019 Unadilla National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Ty Masterpool rounded out the top 10 on his YZ250F. “The bike was really good today!” Masterpool said. “In the first moto I didn’t get a good start and had to work my way up. I had another bad start in moto 2 and worked my way up to ninth then made some mistakes and ended up 10th overall.”Brown Dog Wilson