2020 Anaheim 1 Supercross 250 Class Race Report

Justin Cooper captures first career 250SX main event win.

Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Justin Cooper captured his first career 250SX main event win at Anaheim 1.
Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Justin Cooper captured his first career 250SX main event win at Anaheim 1.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Justin Cooper came out swinging at round 1 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross season at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. The New York native began the night by winning his heat race and carried that momentum into the main event, putting his YZ250F into second place in the opening laps of the race. He kept the leader, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner, in sight and capitalized on a mistake made by the Kawasaki rider, effectively moving himself into the first place position. Cooper held on for the remainder of the race to claim his first career 250SX main event victory.

“The track was tough,” Cooper said. “We were all making mistakes, but I was trying to pressure [Forkner] into that mistake. I ended up being patient and [it worked] out. Man, I’m so proud of myself for riding like that. Before the gate dropped, I was like, ‘How cool would it be to come out here and win A1?’ This is my dream to win it [at Anaheim]. It’s so much bigger than any other place that I could’ve won it. Just looking up into the lights [after the race], it [was] like I [was] dreaming. It’s incredible. The feeling that I felt when I went over the finish line is like nothing other. I could just live on that adrenaline right there.”

Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Dylan Ferrandis qualified fastest, won his heat race, and finished in the runner-up spot in the main event.
Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Dylan Ferrandis qualified fastest, won his heat race, and finished in the runner-up spot in the main event.Brown Dog Wilson

Reigning Western Regional 250SX champion Dylan Ferrandis began his title defense by qualifying fastest in practice and winning his heat race later in the evening. In the main the Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha rider got off to a seventh place start and was forced to work his way through the field, eventually moving into second place, where he finished.

“I think I rode a little bit tight in [the main event],” Ferrandis said. “I saw the guys in front and when I [went to make passes], I made some small mistakes. But it’s fine; it’s only the first round and last year I started the season the same way.”

Geico Honda’s Christian Craig rounded out the podium.
Geico Honda’s Christian Craig rounded out the podium.Brown Dog Wilson

Geico Honda’s Christian Craig rounded out the podium after Forkner was penalized for cutting the track. The SoCal native was happy not only with his result, but just to be able to race after successfully appealing the anti-doping test he failed at the 2018 Daytona Supercross, which was set to result in a two-year suspension.

“Anaheim was awesome, honestly,” Craig said. “I went into the weekend just grateful to be there, so to leave with a third is so cool. For months I’ve been riding Supercross, but had no idea when I’d be racing. I assumed it would be in April when my suspension was originally supposed to end. The trip I took to Switzerland [for his court hearing with the FIM] in December thankfully went my way and I was able to race A1. All day on Saturday I felt good. I qualified third overall and got second in my heat. The main was going pretty good for my first race back. [I’m] really looking forward to the rest of the year!”

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Michael Mosiman had to qualify for the main event via the LCQ and finished fourth in the feature race.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Michael Mosiman had to qualify for the main event via the LCQ and finished fourth in the feature race.Brown Dog Wilson

Michael Mosiman had to qualify for the main event via the LCQ, which he won. The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider powered his way to sixth off the start and quickly worked his way into the top five. He took the checkered flag in fifth, but he was awarded fourth place due to Forkner’s penalty.

“It was good to come out of here with a top five result, but I’m not super stoked on how I rode,” Mosiman admitted. “It’s comforting though, because I know I’ve got a whole lot more in the tank.”

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner led 11 laps before running into a Tuff Blox. Although he crossed the finish line in third, race officials penalized him two positions for how he reentered the track.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner led 11 laps before running into a Tuff Blox. Although he crossed the finish line in third, race officials penalized him two positions for how he reentered the track.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner grabbed the first holeshot of the season and led 11 laps before making a mistake in a rhythm lane causing him to run into a Tuff Blox. The Missouri native finished third on the track, but the officials penalized him two positions for how he reentered the course after his mishap.

“It [was] a tough day from managing first race nerves, crashing in qualifying, and just trying to put it all together,” Forkner said. “I really thought I had that win in the bag, but mistakes happen and that’s on me. I thought I made the safest decision to reenter the track, but the officials thought differently. The first race is done and now I’m looking forward to next week at my hometown race in St. Louis.”

Cameron McAdoo finished in sixth in his debut race with the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team. “I felt good out there,” McAdoo said. “I’m loving my KX250 and just feel really comfortable on the bike. I need to work on my starts and improve on a few minor things, but overall I believe we’re in a really good place. My team and I have been working really hard these past few months, so we’re all happy to have the first race down and look forward to coming out strong next week.”
Cameron McAdoo finished in sixth in his debut race with the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team. “I felt good out there,” McAdoo said. “I’m loving my KX250 and just feel really comfortable on the bike. I need to work on my starts and improve on a few minor things, but overall I believe we’re in a really good place. My team and I have been working really hard these past few months, so we’re all happy to have the first race down and look forward to coming out strong next week.”Brown Dog Wilson

2020 Western Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Justin Cooper Yamaha 26
2 Dylan Ferrandis Yamaha 23
3 Christian Craig Honda 21
4 Michael Mosiman Husqvarna 19
5 Austin Forkner Kawasaki 18
6 Cameron McAdoo Kawasaki 17
7 Brandon Hartranft KTM 16
8 Derek Drake KTM 15
9 Jett Lawrence Honda 14
10 Alex Martin Suzuki 13
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Brandon Hartranft put his 250 SX-F in seventh at Angel Stadium.
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Brandon Hartranft put his 250 SX-F in seventh at Angel Stadium.Brown Dog Wilson
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Derek Drake finished in eighth in his first Supercross race. “Fourth place in the heat race and eighth place in the main,” Drake noted. “It was a good day overall and I’m looking forward to the rest of the series. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported!”
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Derek Drake finished in eighth in his first Supercross race. “Fourth place in the heat race and eighth place in the main,” Drake noted. “It was a good day overall and I’m looking forward to the rest of the series. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported!”Brown Dog Wilson
Jett Lawrence (83) enters his first Supercross season at only 16 years of age. The Geico Honda rider finished in ninth despite being under the weather. “Well, Friday started off with getting food poisoning from a Chick-fil-A sandwich!” Lawrence exclaimed. “I ended up waking up at 1:00 a.m. throwing up and having really bad stomach cramps, so I couldn’t make it to press day. Saturday morning I was feeling a little bit better, but I didn’t get very good sleep. I was pretty tired plus couldn’t eat anything—just a rice cracker and some sips of water, so my energy was pretty low. By the time it came to the main event I was starting to feel a little bit better, but halfway through I started to get some belly cramps and felt a little bit lightheaded. At the end of the day, it was not the result I wanted, but I guess it is not such a bad result for my first race.”
Jett Lawrence (83) enters his first Supercross season at only 16 years of age. The Geico Honda rider finished in ninth despite being under the weather. “Well, Friday started off with getting food poisoning from a Chick-fil-A sandwich!” Lawrence exclaimed. “I ended up waking up at 1:00 a.m. throwing up and having really bad stomach cramps, so I couldn’t make it to press day. Saturday morning I was feeling a little bit better, but I didn’t get very good sleep. I was pretty tired plus couldn’t eat anything—just a rice cracker and some sips of water, so my energy was pretty low. By the time it came to the main event I was starting to feel a little bit better, but halfway through I started to get some belly cramps and felt a little bit lightheaded. At the end of the day, it was not the result I wanted, but I guess it is not such a bad result for my first race.”Brown Dog Wilson
JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Alex Martin rounded out the top 10 on his RM-Z250. “It was very exciting to be back at the races after a productive and healthy off-season,” Martin said. “We made some positive changes throughout the day to be fourth in qualifying. The heat race went great for me as I scored the holeshot and led a few laps. The main event was going decent after a top five start, but I made a mistake. Not the end result we wanted, but lots of positives to take away from this weekend.”
JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Alex Martin rounded out the top 10 on his RM-Z250. “It was very exciting to be back at the races after a productive and healthy off-season,” Martin said. “We made some positive changes throughout the day to be fourth in qualifying. The heat race went great for me as I scored the holeshot and led a few laps. The main event was going decent after a top five start, but I made a mistake. Not the end result we wanted, but lots of positives to take away from this weekend.”Brown Dog Wilson