2020 Anaheim 2 Supercross 250 Class Race Report

Dylan Ferrandis comes through the field to capture victory.

Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Dylan Ferrandis captured his first 250SX main event victory of the season at Anaheim 2.
Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Dylan Ferrandis captured his first 250SX main event victory of the season at Anaheim 2.Brown Dog Wilson

Dylan Ferrandis captured his first 250SX main event victory of the 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season at round 3 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. The Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha rider got off to a seventh place start and worked his way through the field, making a particularly aggressive pass on Geico Honda’s Christian Craig right around the halfway point, which took both riders down and Craig out of the race. Ferrandis remounted his YZ250F and set his sights on the race leader, Jett Lawrence. After the 16-year-old Australian made a mistake and went down, Ferrandis was able to close the gap and pass the Geico Honda rider on the final lap. Lawrence retaliated and attempted to pass Ferrandis back, but went down in the whoops just before the finish line, which resulted in a broken collarbone. The stadium erupted into a chorus of boos when Ferrandis went on the podium to claim his first place trophy, apparently displeased with his pass on Craig.

“I’m really happy to get this first win, especially after some struggling in the first two races,” Ferrandis said. “We had some issues with the start and we figured it out this week with the team and made some good improvements there. We had one of the most technical tracks that we’ve ever had; I liked [it]. I felt really good all day, but there were a lot of things going on in the main. A lot of riders crashed. I got caught up with some riders at the start (of the main), but was able to move forward. The race was going good and then the moment with Christian (Craig)… Obviously it was not my intention for us both to crash, but it was just a racing incident. I’m glad to get this win and we will keep working during the week to prepare for next weekend.”

Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Justin Cooper rode a relatively quiet race, putting his YZ250F in the runner-up spot and retaining the series point lead.
Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Justin Cooper rode a relatively quiet race, putting his YZ250F in the runner-up spot and retaining the series point lead.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Justin Cooper rode a fairly quiet race, going from sixth place off the start to second by the time the checkered flag flew. The New York native leads the point standings by 12 over his French teammate.

“It was just a tough day all day, but we were able to come through when the time was right and land on the podium again,” Cooper said. “We got some good points. The track was definitely tough tonight; it was pretty tricky. It was hard to find a flow out there, but I did the best I could. I knocked off some consistent laps, rode smart, and ended up with a good result.”

Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Brandon Hartranft achieved his second consecutive third place finish.
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Brandon Hartranft achieved his second consecutive third place finish.Brown Dog Wilson

Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Brandon Hartranft achieved his second consecutive third place finish to sit third in the series point standings.

“It feels just as good [to get on the podium] as last weekend,” Hartranft said. “I am so happy. I’m starting to believe in myself a lot more. I definitely want to win—that’s the main goal—but I’m just going to take it step by step and make the weeks count.”

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Michael Mosiman crashed in his heat race, won the LCQ, and put his FC 250 in fourth in the feature race.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Michael Mosiman crashed in his heat race, won the LCQ, and put his FC 250 in fourth in the feature race.Brown Dog Wilson

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Michael Mosiman crashed in his heat race and had to go to the LCQ for the second time this season, but won it and put his FC 250 in the main event, where he worked his way from a top 10 start to fourth place by the race’s end.

“It was hectic and chaotic in the main event; it was like survival mode out there for most of us,” Mosiman said. “My starts were pretty good tonight, but I don’t feel like I rode deserving of fourth. But I’ll take it and go onto the next round.”

Alex Martin also had to go to the LCQ after going over the bars in the whoops during his heat race. The JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing rider rounded out the top five in the main event.
Alex Martin also had to go to the LCQ after going over the bars in the whoops during his heat race. The JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing rider rounded out the top five in the main event.Brown Dog Wilson

JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Alex Martin also had to go to the LCQ after going over the bars in the second set of challenging whoops during his heat race. Martin finished second in the LCQ behind Mosiman and went on to card his second consecutive top five finish in the main event.

“I struggled throughout the day to get comfortable with the track,” Martin said. “I had a painful crash in the heat race, forcing me to go to the LCQ. The main event turned out to be the best I felt and rode all day. I was very close to another podium this weekend if it wasn’t for a late race mistake. I’ll take the top five result and move forward healthy.”

Penrite Honda’s Luke Clout (101) finished inside the top 10 for the second week in a row. “[It was a] long night [at Anaheim 2 with a] crash and an LCQ to start the night,” Clout said. “I ended up pulling it together for the main and ended up in sixth place. I’ve still got more to give as I’m learning the bike, tracks, and the intensity. Thanks to everyone who supports me; I appreciate it all.”
Penrite Honda’s Luke Clout (101) finished inside the top 10 for the second week in a row. “[It was a] long night [at Anaheim 2 with a] crash and an LCQ to start the night,” Clout said. “I ended up pulling it together for the main and ended up in sixth place. I’ve still got more to give as I’m learning the bike, tracks, and the intensity. Thanks to everyone who supports me; I appreciate it all.”Brown Dog Wilson

2020 Western Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Justin Cooper Yamaha 72
2 Dylan Ferrandis Yamaha 60
3 Brandon Hartranft KTM 58
4 Austin Forkner Kawasaki 50
Alex Martin Suzuki 50
6 Jett Lawrence Honda 46
7 Jacob Hayes Husqvarna 44
8 Michael Mosiman Husqvarna 41
9 Mitchell Oldenburg Honda 38
10 Luke Clout Honda 35
Penrite Honda’s Mitchell Oldenburg (40) achieved a season-best finish of seventh at round 3. “Decent finish at A2,” Oldenburg said. “I got pretty banged up at A1 and haven’t been able to ride during the week, so all things considered, I’m really happy with the way I’m riding on the weekends! I know I have a lot left in the tank, so we are going to keep fighting!”
Penrite Honda’s Mitchell Oldenburg (40) achieved a season-best finish of seventh at round 3. “Decent finish at A2,” Oldenburg said. “I got pretty banged up at A1 and haven’t been able to ride during the week, so all things considered, I’m really happy with the way I’m riding on the weekends! I know I have a lot left in the tank, so we are going to keep fighting!”Brown Dog Wilson
Gas Monkey Energy/AJE Motorsports/Husqvarna’s Jacob Hayes went from 21st place all the way up to eighth in the main event.
Gas Monkey Energy/AJE Motorsports/Husqvarna’s Jacob Hayes went from 21st place all the way up to eighth in the main event.Brown Dog Wilson
Geico Honda’s Jett Lawrence (83) passed teammate Christian Craig for the lead early on and led 16 laps of the race before being passed by Ferrandis on the final lap. The 16-year-old Australian attempted to pass the French rider back, but got bucked forward in the whoops, rode a long nose wheelie, and went down hard into the face of the next jump, which resulted in a broken collarbone. “No words really, guys!” Lawrence exclaimed. “I’ll never settle for second and will always leave everything out on the track. I’m lucky to only have a broken collarbone. We will get it all sorted and get back to the races as soon as possible.”
Geico Honda’s Jett Lawrence (83) passed teammate Christian Craig for the lead early on and led 16 laps of the race before being passed by Ferrandis on the final lap. The 16-year-old Australian attempted to pass the French rider back, but got bucked forward in the whoops, rode a long nose wheelie, and went down hard into the face of the next jump, which resulted in a broken collarbone. “No words really, guys!” Lawrence exclaimed. “I’ll never settle for second and will always leave everything out on the track. I’m lucky to only have a broken collarbone. We will get it all sorted and get back to the races as soon as possible.”Brown Dog Wilson
Gas Monkey Energy/AJE Motorsports/Husqvarna’s Killian Auberson rounded out the top 10. “I felt good all day long on the track,” Auberson said. “Timed practice was a lot better than the last races. [In the] heat race, I crashed at the start and came back sixth with a bike problem. All of the team worked pretty hard on the bike to find and fix the problems, and they [fixed] them at the last minutes. Due to this problem, I was late on the starting line and I had to take the last gate. My start was good, but I made a couple of mistakes [in the opening] laps [and lost a] few positions to come back to 10th. I finally got my first top 10 and can’t thank my team enough for the hard work.”
Gas Monkey Energy/AJE Motorsports/Husqvarna’s Killian Auberson rounded out the top 10. “I felt good all day long on the track,” Auberson said. “Timed practice was a lot better than the last races. [In the] heat race, I crashed at the start and came back sixth with a bike problem. All of the team worked pretty hard on the bike to find and fix the problems, and they [fixed] them at the last minutes. Due to this problem, I was late on the starting line and I had to take the last gate. My start was good, but I made a couple of mistakes [in the opening] laps [and lost a] few positions to come back to 10th. I finally got my first top 10 and can’t thank my team enough for the hard work.”Brown Dog Wilson