Ferrandis relied on the strength of his Yamaha YZ250F to manage the tough conditions at Round 8 and it paid off as he earned fourth overall. The first moto saw him quickly settle into fourth and was trying to maintain the position in the treacherous conditions. He was passed late in the race, but still came through with a fifth in moto one. Ferrandis was in salvage mode in moto two after starting mid-pack, but quickly made some great passes to move into fifth by lap five. He continued to push and was able to get into fourth by the end of the race to give him fourth overall.
Nichols has continued to prove he’s capable of top finishes and did just that in Millville. He had a tough go of it in moto one with a 29th place start in the sloppy conditions but managed to make it all the way up to 14th in spite of the challenging track. He was ready to make up for his finish in moto two and got out to a fifth place start. Nichols maintained his speed and eventually held off his teammate Ferrandis to finish second to end the day and sixth overall.
Cooper overcame adversity in both his motos to come away with seventh overall. In moto one, he utilized a solid start to settle into eighth. As he maintained a good position, he pushed his way into seventh where he ended the moto. In the second moto, Cooper grabbed a great start in second but just after halfway went down and had to regroup to come back to 10th for seventh overall.
It was another learning experience for rookie Masterpool. While there have been muddy races already this season, these conditions were more brutal than the previous. He started at the rear of the first moto but put in a hard charge to make it from 36th to 11th by the end of the moto. His second moto start was a bit better in 21st, but the 16yr old wasn’t able to charge as hard and finished 13th.
Unfortunately for Oldenburg, he spent the week leading up to his home race feeling unwell. The day didn’t make it any easier and he crossed the line 29th in moto one. The second moto was a big bounce back for Oldenburg who ended up finishing 14th, which gave him 19th overall.The Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing team heads back west to its annual stop at Washougal MX Park in Washougal, Washington on July 27.