2019 WW Ranch National Motocross 250 Class Race Report

First overall victory for Justin Cooper.

Justin Cooper racing at the 2019 WW Ranch National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Justin Cooper achieved his first overall victory of his career at WW Ranch Motocross Park in Jacksonville, Florida.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing's Justin Cooper captured his first overall victory in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship this past weekend at WW Ranch in Jacksonville, Florida. The New York native's runner-up finishes in both motos in the sweltering heat and humidity were enough to give him the win in the Sunshine State and maintain his second-place standing in the series points.   "The bike was good today," Cooper said. "We did some testing to get it right going into this weekend. It was tough to set up the bikes for everyone, but I was pretty comfortable all day. Today was physically and mentally exhausting. It took a lot of heart to get this first win and it makes it feel that much better. The track was really rough and the heat made it that much more tough, so I am stoked on the day. [I was] first in qualifying and I backed it up with my first [overall] win. I'm super happy."

Dylan Ferrandis races at the 2019 WW Ranch National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Dylan Ferrandis won the second moto of the day.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Dylan Ferrandis finished just off the podium in moto 1 with a fourth after battling his way through the pack, but rebounded to win the second race, which was enough to give him second overall.   “In the first moto, I was struggling a bit with the start,” Ferrandis said. “I [was] 15th the first lap, so I had to push really hard in both motos. We have been working really hard on improving our starts. We have tried everything with the team, my setup, and talking with my coach and my wife. We tried everything, so I don’t know; it’s something in my mind. In the second moto, I just figured out how to get a good start and had a great battle with my teammate [Justin] Cooper. To get my first moto win this season, I want to say ‘finally’ because it took so long. I was starting to get impatient because I want to fight for the championship and if you don’t win a moto, you can’t. I just want to send a big thanks to my coach because we work really hard together physically and today it paid off because I think that was one of the most difficult races I [have ever done]. I’m very happy.”

Adam Cianciarulo races at the 2019 WW Ranch National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo rounded out the overall podium and holds an 18-point lead in the championship standings.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo rounded out the overall podium with his 5-3 moto finishes. The Florida native holds an 18-point lead over his nearest competitor in the championship standings heading into The Wick 338 in Southwick, Massachusetts, next weekend.   “That was a scorcher!” Cianciarulo said. “Honestly, I think I overtrained this week heading into this race. These Florida conditions are no joke; it was a tough one for us all. I have to give credit to my competition out here; they all rode really well and we were all out here struggling together, so they pushed me to fight even harder. It’s a long series, I just wanted to be smart and not overdo it, so I rode my own race and I’m proud to get my fifth podium [of the season].”

Michael Mosiman races at the 2019 WW Ranch National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Michael Mosiman battled inside the top five in both motos and captured fourth overall.Brown Dog Wilson

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Michael Mosiman got off to a top five start in moto 1 and moved into third just after the halfway point, where he would finish. In moto 2, he battled inside the top five for the entirety of the race, ultimately crossing the line in fifth in the moto, which gave him fourth overall in Florida.   “This was definitely the toughest race of the year,” Mosiman said. “I’ve been saying it all along, ‘If I can get a start, I can run with those guys,’ and I got two good starts today! I was up there both motos at the beginning and I tried to save energy, but those guys are going so fast and to maintain that pace, you’re pushing pretty good. Overall, I’m happy with my fitness and pleased with the day.”

Hunter Lawrence races at the 2019 WW Ranch National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Geico Honda’s Hunter Lawrence rounded out the top five on his CRF250R.Brown Dog Wilson

Geico Honda’s Hunter Lawrence suffered from two bad starts, but worked his way through the field in both motos, his 8-4 race finishes netting him fifth overall on the day.   “[It was a] tough weekend in the heat at WW Ranch,” Lawrence said. “The first moto was difficult with a bad start, [and] coming through the pack back to eighth was a really tough ride. I had to push so hard through the field, and that took some energy. Second moto was a top 10 start or so, and I fought my way up into fourth behind Cianciarulo. I couldn’t quite get him. The whole day was super hot and tough. It was my first hot race in, maybe, close to a year. I had to really dig deep. The track was very physically demanding on top of all that with seven sets of rollers on the track, plus the bumps and wall jumps. It was tough! The big jumps were good to breathe and regroup, but I think it was the most physically demanding track we’ve had this season. Fifth overall is okay for now.”

Alex Martin races at the 2019 WW Ranch National Motocross 250 Class Race.
JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Alex Martin rounded out the top five in Florida. “I’m happy with the end result,” Martin said. “After lots of testing and getting the bike dialed in the last couple of weeks, I was able to get some solid motos in and focus solely on training leading up to [this race]. I’m still not quite where I want to be, but I’m heading in the right direction. I’ll be up front with some better starts.”Brown Dog Wilson

2019 250MX Class Championship Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Adam Cianciarulo Kawasaki 222
2 Justin Cooper Yamaha 204
3 Dylan Ferrandis Yamaha 187
4 Chase Sexton Honda 159
5 Colt Nichols Yamaha 152
6 Michael Mosiman Husqvarna 148
7 Hunter Lawrence Honda 142
8 RJ Hampshire Honda 129
9 Alex Martin Suzuki 116
10 Shane McElrath KTM 79
Colt Nichols races at the 2019 WW Ranch National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Colt Nichols had to rebound from two mediocre starts and work his way through the field in both motos. “The day was just kind of so-so for me,” Nichols said. “I struggled to find the magic setting on the bike and my starts were not very good today. That really put me in a hole from the get-go in both motos. I tried to fight back and got some decent finishes, but overall, I’m not happy with how the weekend went. I just need to be a little bit better.Brown Dog Wilson
RJ Hampshire races at the 2019 WW Ranch National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Geico Honda’s RJ Hampshire is a Florida native and being used to the heat and humidity helped him capture eighth overall on the day. “I felt good on the bike,” Hampshire said. “I made a late push in the first moto after a bad start, but made a mistake and ended up on the ground. I had another bad start in the second moto and got caught up in a pileup, then ended up going down again later that lap trying to make passes. [With] two crashes on the first lap, I was so far back! I wish that second moto would have played out differently that first lap. I really wasn’t affected by the heat, but couldn’t show it!”Brown Dog Wilson
Chase Sexton races at the 2019 WW Ranch National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Geico Honda’s Chase Sexton won the first moto, but exhausted himself in the process and didn’t race moto 2. “It was strange because I felt really good during the moto!” Sexton said. “Actually, probably the best I’ve felt all year. I obviously got hot, but I didn’t realize it was that bad until after I got off my bike. That was followed by my knees buckling, throwing up, and blurry vision. I tried to get cooled down enough to race the second moto, but I couldn’t. My vision wasn’t great after the sight lap, so I opted to not race. Obviously, I’m not happy about it, but I just felt it was the right thing to do. I want to be good for the rest of the races. I didn’t want to take a huge risk of making things much worse.”Brown Dog Wilson
Jacob Hayes races at the 2019 WW Ranch National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Cycle Trader/Rock River Yamaha’s Jacob Hayes achieved a season-best 10th-place overall finish in Florida. “What a day it was at the races—hot, humid, a brutal track, and all the above,” Hayes said. “We showed up, were prepared to battle it out, and I did. [With] 13-8 moto scores for 10th overall. It’s been a heck of a journey this outdoor season, but if you know me, you know I’m a fighter and giving up isn’t in my vocabulary.”Brown Dog Wilson