En route to his second career win, Craig was the fastest qualifier and won his Heat. When the gate dropped for the Main Event, he got off to a good start in second and made his way to the front on the first lap. Craig put in some consistent fast laps to go unchallenged and cross the line five seconds ahead of the competition. It was an emotional victory for the Californian which marked the end to a five-year win drought and a dream start to his debut season with the team.
Nichols had a solid start to the day qualifying third but unfortunately had to fight his way back from a bad start in his Heat to finish fourth. He got a better start in the Main Event, just outside of the top five. The Oklahoman moved into fourth before the halfway mark and with the final podium spot in sight, he kept pushing. In the final minutes, that battle really started heating up, but Nichols kept his cool and crossed the line third.
The Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing duo gets a short break before action resumes at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, on Tuesday, January 19, for Round 2 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250 SX East Championship.