Although dealing with some first-race jitters, Stewart had a solid start to the day, qualifying fifth and working his way to third in his Heat. In the Main Event, he didn’t get the start he was hoping for but kept pushing. By lap eight of the 28-lap race, the Florida rider advanced a couple of spots to fifth. Stewart rode his own race and did what he could to try and close the gap on the riders ahead but ultimately had to settle for fifth.
Ferrandis had a more difficult start to his debut race in the premier class. The Frenchman struggled to find his comfort zone in the first two sessions, but he and his team worked hard and made progress. After a tough Heat race, the two-time 250SX West Champion put everything he had into the Main Event and fought his way from 12th to eighth. On the final lap, Ferrandis was able to pass his teammate Plessinger to improve to seventh.
First race jitters made for a difficult start to Plessinger’s day as well, but when it came time to the gate drop in the Heat race he got off to a great start in second. The Ohio native was right behind the leader and looking to make his move but made a mistake and ultimately finished fifth. In the Main Event, Plessinger was in the top 10 and kept pushing forward to seventh. In his effort to keep advancing through the field, he tightened up and ultimately finished eighth.
The Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing 450 team looks to build on their progress in two-days time, when 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.