Riders were met with challenging conditions at one of the sport’s toughest tracks on the calendar. Cooper qualified third but found himself eighth after the first lap of Moto 1. He battled for position inside the top 10 and ultimately finished eighth. The New Yorker got a much better start in third and was able to close the gap to the leaders early in the second moto. He battled with the defending champion and took the runner-up spot, but was passed back a couple of laps later. Cooper rode on to finish comfortably in third and end the day fifth overall.
After a tough previous round in Colorado, Nate Thrasher came out swinging. He qualified fourth behind his teammate and got a great start in the first moto in fourth. The Tennessee rider continued to battle but struggled to make his way forward with some arm pump and ultimately crossed the line ninth. He didn’t get the start he was hoping for in Moto 2 and found himself 15th after the first lap. Undeterred, he kept pushing and made his way to 11th to score a top-10 overall result.
Coming off his first moto win last weekend, Kitchen was hoping to return to the top but struggled to find his flow in his first outing at the challenging High Point Raceway. He got a great start from the 17th gate pick and was battling up front but unfortunately had a tip-over early in the race and had to make his way back to 15th. Kitchen got another good start in Moto 2, but he fell on the first lap and was 22nd. He pushed on to finish 12th and salvage some points, ending the day 12th overall.
It was also Nick Romano’s first race at the iconic track in Pennsylvania. Despite the challenging conditions, he made progress in qualifying to earn his best result to date in eighth. He had a decent start in the first moto in 11th, and ultimately finished 13th. The rookie got an even better start in the second moto and was battling in the top five, but was shuffled back to 14th in the tricky conditions.
Fellow rookie Matt LeBlanc also had a solid first outing at the demanding track. He came back from a less than ideal qualifying result in 16th to get a top-10 start in the first moto and crossed the line 12th. In the second moto, the Louisiana rider found himself 13th after the start and ultimately scored 15th to end the day 14th overall.
After a weekend off, the Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing team returns to action for Round 5 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at the RedBud National in Buchanan, Michigan, on Saturday, July 2.