News 27 Mar 2019

Former GP rider Ferrandis overwhelmed by maiden 250SX win

Frenchman reigns supreme at Seattle's AMA Supercross.

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Monster Energy Yamalube Yamaha Star Racing’s Dylan Ferrandis has been overwhelmed with emotion after clinching a career-first 250SX West victory at Seattle’s stop of the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship.

The Frenchman transferred from the MX2 World Championship to pursue a career on the AMA pro circuit with the factory Yamaha squad in 2017, scoring a number of podiums in his transition to supercross racing, however was yet to experience a triumph in the discipline until Saturday night.

Ferrandis put on a gritty display, inheriting the lead in the early stage while fending off a charge from points leader Adam Cianciarulo (Pro Circuit Monster Energy Kawasaki) in the closing laps.

“For sure the emotion is at its maximum tonight,” Ferrandis stated. “It was a big moment for everybody to finally get this first 250SX win. We were waiting for it for so long and finally made it happen. The feeling is really awesome.

“The bike was really good tonight. We made some changes on it between practices to get the best bike as possible for the track condition. The track wasn’t that difficult this weekend at Seattle even though some rhythms were a bit tougher than other ones. The most difficult part about this race was myself.

“I’m not used enough to leading a race so I did not want to make mistake and was not riding at 100 percent because of that. But I am very happy to take this win tonight. It gives me more confidence for the next upcoming races now that I know I’m able to win a Supercross race in the US!”

The number 34 is currently positioned second in the standings, 12 points shy of Cianciarulo.