Thrasher showed speed straight away and led the way for the team with second in qualifying. He got a good start in the first main event and quickly made his way to the runner-up spot, where he would ultimately finish. In the second main event, he got another good start and advanced to third, and then passed Deegan on the second lap. He tried to pass Smith but was also trying to protect the runner-up spot and went on to take another second-place finish. Tied for first going into the final main event, Thrasher grabbed the holeshot and then built a comfortable gap up front. Unfortunately, he went down in the whoops in the final laps but rejoined in third to claim the overall victory. His first win of the season also marked the fourth of his career and advanced him from seventh to third in the championship standings.
Smith qualified fourth for a decent gate pick in the first main event but got hit from behind in the first turn and found himself back in 10th after the first lap. The North Carolinian put his head down and charged back to fourth. Learning from that first start, Smith came out swinging with the holeshot and led from start to finish. He got another good start in the final main event in third, and around the halfway point, he was on the heels of the rider in second. Unfortunately, the rider went down under the tunnel jump, and Smith had nowhere to go. He rejoined in fifth, where he would finish, securing second overall and his second podium of the season.
In just his third pro race of his career, Deegan put in a good showing in tough conditions at the AT&T Stadium. He had decent qualifying in 10th and found himself 14th after the opening lap of the first main event. The Californian was making his way forward but had a tip-over and ultimately finished 15th. He then got a great start with the less-than-ideal gate pick and slotted into second behind his teammate Smith, crossing the line fifth at the end of the 10-minutes-plus-one-lap race. In the final main event, Deegan was sixth after the first lap but rode a smart race in the challenging conditions to make his way to fourth and end the night eighth overall.
The young Bennick put in another superb ride in the 250SX Futures class. He topped the timesheets in both qualifying sessions and grabbed the holeshot in the main event. The North Carolinian set the pace up front and earned his second-consecutive victory in the amateur series by a seven-second margin.
The Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing team heads to Daytona Beach, Florida, on Saturday, March 2, for Round 4 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250SX East Championship and the eighth round of the SuperMotocross World Championship at the iconic Daytona International Speedway.
2023 Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250SX Arlington Results
2023 Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250SX East Championship Standings