Although Saturday’s track at the NRG Stadium was an all-new layout, it still presented some challenges. Stewart struggled a bit in practice but had a great Heat race, finishing third. He got a good start in Main Event behind Plessinger and then advanced to fourth five laps later. The Florida rider held the position for a few laps before being passed by a couple of riders. With a top-five finish in sight, Stewart kept pushing but ultimately had to settle for sixth.
After a tough Houston 2, Plessinger made strides forward at the third round. He and the team were able to return him to his comfort zone and the Ohio native made progress straight away, qualifying 10th. He got a top-five start in his Heat and finished sixth. Plessinger built on that with an even better start in the Main, launching to fourth. After Stewart passed him, another rider went through and he started to tighten up again. As the race wore on he was shuffled to eighth but Plessinger kept putting in the laps and advanced seventh after another rider error to score his best finish of the week.
Coming off of his first podium in the premier class on Tuesday night, Ferrandis was looking to keep his momentum going. The conditions made for a challenging day and the Frenchman was unable to find his comfort zone. Ferrandis recovered from a bad start in his Heat to take the final transfer spot in ninth. He then made the best of a less than ideal gate pick and worked his way from 14th to ninth with six laps to go. Unfortunately, a couple of laps later he crashed and rejoined to finish 12th.
The Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing team heads to Indiana for another Monster Energy AMA Supercross tripleheader, starting with Round 4 of the championship on January 30 at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.