2020 Oakland Supercross 250 Class Race Report

Dylan Ferrandis takes second win of the season and series point lead.

Dylan Ferrandis
Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Dylan Ferrandis put himself up front early on in the main event and led the final seven laps of the race to clinch his second victory of the season.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Dylan Ferrandis clinched his second 250SX class main event victory of the season at round 5 of the 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series inside RingCentral Coliseum in Oakland, California. The French rider got off to a much better start than he has in past rounds, inside the top three, and passed Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner just after the halfway point of the race to take the lead—a position he held for the remaining seven laps. Ferrandis’ win enabled him to take over the point lead heading into round 6 in San Diego.

“I’m pretty pumped about the way my day went here in Oakland,” Ferrandis remarked. “I finished first overall and took the red plate, which is awesome. It was such a good night for the team and myself, but we still have many races to go, so we’re back to work again Monday and will work hard to be ready for the next round in San Diego.”

Austin Forkner
Austin Forkner led eight laps before being passed by Ferrandis. The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki took the checkered flag in the runner-up spot.Brown Dog Wilson

Austin Forkner led eight laps of the race before being passed by Ferrandis. The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki went off the track briefly as a result, but rejoined and maintained the runner-up spot until the conclusion of the race. The Missouri native sits third in the point standings, 10 points down from Ferrandis.

“It was a solid night overall,” Forkner said. “Obviously, I would have liked to take the win, but the lapped traffic tonight was no joke. I am happy with where my riding is, so this week we will make some minor tweaks and keep improving. I’ve had to dig myself out of a hole and while we didn’t make up any points on the leader tonight, we did move up to third in the standings. Ten points down isn't too bad and something I can manage. I'll keep grinding, chipping away at those points, and continue to dig out of this hole. Overall, it was a great night for the entire Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team and we’re looking to finish next week off strong before the break.”

Justin Cooper
Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Justin Cooper had to go to the LCQ after being taken off the track during his heat race, but rebounded to take the final podium spot in the main event.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Justin Cooper was taken off the track during his heat race and had to go to the LCQ, which he won. From the far outside gate, he got off to a sixth place start in the main event and worked his way up to the final podium position by the time the checkered flag flew. Cooper is ranked second in the series point standings, just two down from his teammate Ferrandis.

“It was another tough night for me but we were able to bounce back,” Cooper explained. “I did what I had to do. I put in a lot of laps tonight, so I was pretty smoked in that main. It was pretty hard to pass out there. I just took my time and focused on Alex [Martin]. I’m just happy to get a good start and stay up when I hit Alex in that first turn. I have got to give it up to the whole team. We’ll go back to work and try and get back on top.”

Alex Martin
JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Alex Martin grabbed the holeshot in the feature race and was close to finishing on the podium, but was passed by Cooper late in the race.Brown Dog Wilson

Alex Martin tied his season-best finish with his fourth place result in Oakland. The JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing rider was credited with the holeshot and got passed by Forkner and Ferrandis early on. He held the final podium spot for most of the race before relinquishing the spot to Cooper, which put him in fourth for the night.

“All around better vibes this weekend in Oakland after a productive week of testing in North Carolina with the team,” Martin said. “I was able to use that JGR Suzuki power and grab the main event holeshot. I led for a while before going back to third where I rode for the majority of the race before I got passed with a lap and a half to go, finishing fourth. Very bittersweet, but I’m happy with the progress that was made in just one short week with the team. I can’t wait for San Diego!”

Luke Clout
Penrite Honda’s Luke Clout achieved his best finish of the season with a fifth place result in Oakland.Brown Dog Wilson

Penrite Honda’s Luke Clout achieved his best finish of the season so far with his fifth place result at RingCentral Coliseum. The Australian sits eighth in points after six rounds of racing.

“We made some solid gains this weekend!” Clout exclaimed. “I qualified fifth, led some laps in the heat race to finish fourth, and a fifth place in the main event!”

Mitchell Oldenburg
Penrite Honda’s Mitchell Oldenburg got off to a 12th place start in the main event and made several passes to come back to sixth by the race’s end.Brown Dog Wilson
Derek Drake
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Derek Drake notched another top 10 finish with his seventh place result at RingCentral Coliseum.Brown Dog Wilson
Brandon Hartranft
A late-race mistake negated Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Brandon Hartranft to eighth. “I felt great all day,” Hartranft said. “I was running fifth in the main until I made a mistake [on the] last lap and went down. Live and learn. I’m ready to come out swinging in San Diego before the break!”Brown Dog Wilson
Aaron Tanti
Complete Parts/Serco/Yamaha’s Aaron Tanti captured his first top 10 finish of the season in Oakland.Brown Dog Wilson
Martin Castelo
Caption: JMC Motorsports Husqvarna’s Martin Castelo rounded out the top 10 on his FC 250. “Overall [it was a] solid day,” Castelo said. “[I had my] best free practice of the season so far, best qualifying, best heat, and best main. Thank you [to my team]! I’m looking forward to improving for next weekend [and am] bummed we are going on break [after the next round]!”Brown Dog Wilson

2020 Western Regional 250SX Class Championship Standing

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Dylan Ferrandis Yamaha 109
2 Justin Cooper Yamaha 107
3 Austin Forkner Kawasaki 99
4 Brandon Hartranft KTM 92
5 Alex Martin Suzuki 85
6 Jacob Hayes Husqvarna 73
7 Mitchell Oldenburg Honda 72
8 Luke Clout Honda 66
9 Derek Drake KTM 64
10 Michael Mosiman Husqvarna 63