Lake Elsinore rider Dylan Ferrandis won the AMA Pro Motocross season opener Saturday, May 29 at Fox Raceway in Pala. The overall results for the 450-cc class are based on finishes in two 15-lap motos. Ferrandis, who rides a Yamaha YZ450F and is part of the Monster Energy/Star Racing Yamaha team, finished first in the first moto and third in the second moto for the best overall performance.
“Super happy for Dylan and super happy for the team as well as Monster Energy,” said Monster Energy senior vice president of sports marketing Mitch Covington.
The qualifying positions are based on a rider’s fastest time in either qualifying session. In the first session Ferrandis had a fast lap of 2:23.445, which placed ninth. His best lap in the second session took 2:20.481 and made him the fourth-fastest qualifier for that session. Ferrandis was fourth in the overall qualifying results.
Temecula’s Christian Craig is also part of the Monster Energy/Star Racing Yamaha team. He had run in the 250-cc class during the AMA Supercross season before an injury sustained him during an April 24 qualifying session causing him to miss that night’s main event and the May 1 race. His return to motocross May 29 included a third-place lap of 2:21.743 in the first 450 cc qualifying session. Craig, who competed on a Yamaha YZ450F, qualified eighth overall after placing 14th in the second session.
Ferrandis won the first moto. Florida’s Chase Sexton finished second and was 0.099 seconds behind Ferrandis. Craig crossed the finish line 46.940 seconds after Ferrandis and took tenth place.
Ken Roczen of Florida won the second moto. Ferrandis was third and was 23.354 seconds slower than Roczen. Craig finished ninth and was 44.889 seconds behind Roczen.
Roczen was given second place overall for the two motos. Craig placed 12th.
The race was the first outdoor motocross competition for Ferrandis on a 450-cc motorcycle. “I think Dylan is going to do spectacular,” Covington said. “He’s a very strong-minded and very determined young man, and we’re just happy to have him on the team.”
Menifee’s Justin Cooper, Murrieta rider Colt Nichols, and Jo Shimoda of Menifee are also Monster Energy riders and competed in the 250-cc class May 29. Cooper finished third overall, Nichols was ninth, and Shimoda placed tenth. Nichols and Cooper are both part of the Monster Energy/Star Racing Yamaha team and ride Yamaha YZ250F models. Shimoda is a Monster Energy ProCircuit Kawasaki rider who uses a Kawasaki KX250F.
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