It was just a short turn around for Round 2 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250 SX East Championship, but both riders picked up where they left off and showed strength straight away. Craig was once again the fastest qualifier with Nichols right behind in second. Both riders went on to kick off the evening program by scoring runner-up finishes in their Heat races.
In the Main Event, Nichols got off to a decent start in fifth and advanced to fourth by the second lap. The Oklahoman was holding steady in the position until his teammate passed him before the halfway mark. Shortly after, the riders battling for second came together and went down, advancing the Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing duo into podium positions. As the race wore on, Nichols started to find his groove and passed his teammate in the final laps to finish second.
Craig’s third-place finish helped secure the red plate heading into Round three of the championship on Saturday night, January 23, at the NRG Stadium in Houston. Nichols moved into the number two spot in the 250SX East standings, three points behind his teammate.