Thrasher had a solid start to the day, qualifying fourth. Then the rain arrived after qualifying, making for tricky conditions for the race. The Tennessee rider showed strength straight away, leading the first 250 heat race from start to finish. He got another good start aboard his YZ250F in the main event and quickly claimed the lead. As the rain began to fall once again, Thrasher continued to put in strong laps. Unfortunately, the series points leader was able to close the gap in the final moments of the race and passed him in the final corner. Although a runner-up finish was not the result he was looking for, it was a good rebound from last weekend’s 15th-place result and advanced him to seventh in the point standings.
The young Deegan continued to impress. He had a solid qualifying result in ninth and then came out swinging in his heat race and grabbed the holeshot. The 17-year-old showed a lot of poise in the worsening conditions and went on to win his first heat race. Deegan got another good start in the main event and was third before being shuffled back to fourth on Lap 3. Although he was under pressure from his fellow Yamaha rider Jeremy Martin, the rookie rode smart and went on to score another fourth-place finish to advance to third in the points standings.
Smith led the way for the team in qualifying, taking the runner-up spot on the combined time sheets. He had a tip-over early on in his heat race but fought his way back to finish second, giving the team a stellar 1-2 finish. The North Carolina rider got a good start in the main event but unfortunately went down in the sand and rejoined back in 17th. Undeterred, Smith once again put his head down and made an impressive charge through the pack but, unfortunately, was unable to finish the race after a technical issue on the last lap and was credited with 15th.
The Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing 250 team heads back west to Oakland, California, for Round 4 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250SX West Championship and the sixth round of the SuperMotocross World Championship at the RingCentral Coliseum on February 18.
2023 Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250SX Tampa Results
2023 Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250SX East Championship Standings