It was a familiar start to Moto 1 with several Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing riders rounding the first turn at the front. Cooper started fourth, quickly got by his teammate Masterpool and worked his way to the front by lap four. It was a good thing he held onto the lead in the opening moto because unexpected rain started falling, soon followed by lightning, which caused a red flag. With the moto far enough along, the checkered flag also came out, and the 21yr old was declared the winner. The second moto put Cooper out front from the start but he went off the track and fell back to third. The New Yorker quickly gained a position back to second a lap later, where he would eventually finish to score second overall.
In Moto 1, Ferrandis got off to a decent start, and came around the first lap in sixth. Once the rain started falling, he picked off riders and finished the shortened race in third. In Moto 2, the Frenchman once again showed his determination after starting 10th, having to push forward on a physical track. He got into seventh on lap 10 and held on to narrowly finish just off the podium in fourth overall.
It was another solid weekend for Nichols, but not the results he knows he’s capable of producing. The opening moto had the Oklahoman coming through the pack after starting outside the top 10. He had some issues, but was able to finish 13th when the red flag came out to end the race. Setting his sights on a better result in Moto 2, Nichols got a fourth-place start and maintained it through the entire race to score a 13-4 for sixth overall.
Masterpool helped continu the team’s holeshot dominance under the power of his Yamaha YZ250F, earning the first Moto 1 holeshot of his professional career. The rookie used the good start to his advantage and held off pressure for a majority of the race to finish a career-best sixth. In Moto 2, he got a decent start, but a mishap lost him several positions, and he ultimately had to settle for 16th. His 6-16 scored him 13th overall, his best result to date.
The Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing team get a weekend off before regrouping for Round 4 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at High Point Raceway in Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania on Saturday, June 15.