Earlier in the day, Ferrandis got off to a great start and was the fastest qualifier, whislt Nichols qualified fifth and then came out swinging when it came time to race, taking his second heat win of the season. His teammate crossed the line second to make it a Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing 1-2 finish.
In the main event, Nichols came out of the gate in second, just ahead of Ferrandis. He then moved into the lead, but unfortunately, the Oklahoma native mistimed a rhythm section, went down hard, and was unable to rejoin the race, though importantly able to get up and walk away.
Shortly after Nichols crashed, Ferrandis took the lead in the race and held it all the way to the checkered flag in spite of a late charge from the series points leader, delivering a great result for the team and Yamaha.
Ferrandis’ big win helped his cause in the title chase, closing the gap to 12-points behind the 250SX West championship leader with three rounds left.
The Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing team now heads to Houston, Texas, where the 250SX West riders resume battle for the championship at NRG Stadium, Saturday, March 30.