Some say the High Point track has a feel that the European riders like and it seemed to be working for Ferrandis. The Frenchman started near the front in Moto 1 and made his way into second on lap eight before ending the moto on the podium in third. Moto 2 was more of a fight for Ferrandis who started in 10th. As the final moto of the day, the track was rougher than ever but the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250SX Western Division champ pushed until the very last lap, getting by his teammate for fourth and securing fourth overall with a 3-4.
Teammate Nichols knew the importance of finding the right flow on the challenging off-camber circuit. The Oklahomian started right behind Cooper in Moto 1, coming around the first lap in second. He maintained pace but there was a lot of shuffling of riders and Nichols fell back to fifth where he ended the moto. In Moto 2, he put the power of his Yamaha YZ250F to the ground and claimed his second holeshot of the season. He pushed at the front, eventually moving back to fifth on the final lap when Ferrandis got by, placing him fifth overall with a 5-5.
From the start of the day, Cooper wasn’t jiving with the High Point track but his holeshot in Moto 1 was proof that he wasn’t ready to give up. He maintained the lead for the first six laps, before being locked in battle with his French teammate. The pair’s lines came together resulting in Cooper going off the track. He quickly rejoined but with all the riders so close together was pushed down to sixth where he would finish the race. In Moto 2, the New Yorker didn’t get the jump he was looking for and had to come through the pack after a 13th-place start. He quickly got inside the top 10 but was unable to make progress on the riders ahead and settled for ninth with a 6-9 moto score.
Oldenburg was excited to be able to get back behind the gate after an extensive burn to his leg kept him on the sidelines since the final supercross round in May. Even with minimal time on the bike, Oldenburg came out swinging in Moto 1 and finished 10th. When Moto 2 got underway, Oldenburg found himself in sixth, but eventually fell outside the top 10. A mistake pushed him down to 19th where he was able to maintain until the checkered flag to finish 15th overall.
The rookie Masterpool continued to learn the ropes at High Point Raceway, finding the technical track a challenge. The 16-year-old still put in his usual big-heart effort and in Moto 1 with the powerful YZ250F underneath, Masterpool was able to get a decent start in 12th. He made a mistake on lap two with a crash. He was able to rejoin the race in 21st and fought his way back to finish 19th. In Moto 2, he had a challenge on his hands with a start outside the top 15. Masterpool made the most of the moto and came across the finish line in 18th.
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.